Shadman Islam on debut launches Bangladesh to solid 259-5 on Day 1
Shadman made a patient 76, then captain Shakib held the innings together and established Bangladesh’s dominance in an unbroken 69-run stand with Mahmudullah over the last 23 overs.cricket Updated: Nov 30, 2018 17:31 IST
Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah extended the good start by Shadman Islam on debut to lead Bangladesh to a solid 259-5 against the West Indies on the first day of the second test on Friday.
With the pitch expected to deteriorate, this total already looked daunting for the West Indies given its vulnerability against quality spin.
Shadman, the opener, made a patient 76, then captain Shakib held the innings together and established Bangladesh’s dominance in an unbroken 69-run stand with Mahmudullah over the last 23 overs.
Shakib was 55 not out from 113 balls, and Mahmudullah 31 not out off 59. Both hit only one boundary.
Shakib opted to bat first, as Bangladesh played without a frontline pacer for the first time.
On a pitch that had little to offer for the fast bowlers, the West Indies spinners bowled 63 overs.
Offspinner Roston Chase had Soumya Sarkar caught by Shai Hope at slip for 19 to end a 42-run opening partnership.
Shadman and Mominul Haque looked untroubled until Haque was out to a loose delivery by fast bowler Kemar Roach on the stroke of lunch.
Haque, a centurion in the previous test, made 29 off 46, hitting two boundaries.
Shadman then received support from Mohammad Mithun, and they combined for a 64-run stand for the third wicket.
Shadman brought up his fifty with a sweep past square leg for a boundary off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican. It took him 147 balls.
He and Mithun were out to legspinner Devendra Bishoo, who bowled Mithun on 29 and got Shamdan leg before wicket.
By the time Shadman was out, he had faced a national record of 199 deliveries on debut, eclipsing opener Javed Omar Belim’s record of 138 balls in 2001 against Zimbabwe.
Shadman’s 76 was no surprise. He made 73 against the West Indies for a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in a warmup game. In the last two months, he has two centuries and seven half-centuries in first-class cricket.
Fast bowler Shermon Lewis moved the ball admirably on the dry pitch to get the better of Mushfiqur Rahim on 14, raising hope of clawing back Bangladesh.
But Shakib and Mahmudullah kept up Bangladesh’s patient momentum, as they seek out a series victory.
First Published: Nov 30, 2018 17:31 IST