Bangladesh opener Shadman Islam square-cutting during his half-century on Test debut.(Photo by Salahuddin Ahmed/AFP.)
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DHAKA – Opener Shadman Islam struck a half-century on debut while captain Shakib-al-Hasan notched his 24th, but West Indies shared honours on day one of the second and final cricket Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here yesterday.
Opting to bat first, the hosts ended the day on 259 for five, with Shadman top scoring with 76 and Shakib unbeaten at the close on 55.
Shakib was partnered by Mahmudullah on 31 not out while Mominul Haque and Mohammed Mithun both scored 29.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo proved the most successful West Indies bowler with two for 69 as the visiting bowlers kept Bangladesh in check without ever taking command of the crucial contest.
Bangladesh started cautiously with Shadman and Soumya Sarkar (19) putting on 42 before off-spinner Roston Chase, introduced from as early as the fourth over, got the breakthrough on the stroke of the first hour when he had left-hander Sarkar caught at slip by Shai Hope, driving at a wide ball.
Mominul, who struck two fours in a busy 46-ball innings, arrived to join Shadman in a 45-run second wicket stand which saw Bangladesh through the next hour. Shadman’s first runs came via an off-drive struck beautifully, before he crunched two fours through point and cover.
The persevering Kemar Roach was rewarded the penultimate ball before lunch when Moninul tugged a short ball to mid-on where Chase took a simple catch.
On 87 for two at the break, Bangladesh controlled the game for the first hour following the resumption as Shadman and Mithun put on a critical 64 for the third wicket.
While the left-handed Shadman was steady throughout, facing 199 balls and counting six fours, Mithun occupied the crease 61 deliveries for his knock.
After lunch, Shadman and Mithun batted with more patience. Shadman reached his fifty with a boundary off Jomel Warrican before Devendra Bishoo ended the 64-run standby clean bowling Mithun, who has now got out to the leg-spinner thrice in as many innings.
Bishoo then had Shadman lbw with a delivery that went on straight with the round-the-wicket angle, ending an impressive first Test innings.
When Mushfiqur Rahim, who completed 4 000 Test runs, missed a drive at an in-swinging delivery from rookie Shermon Lewis and was bowled for 14 in the fifth over after tea at 190 for five, West Indies were well poised to run through the lower order.
But Shakib came to his side’s rescue, stroking one boundary in 113 deliveries at the crease as he added 69 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand with Mahmudullah.
Shakib reached his landmark in the sixth over before the close as West Indies struggled to break the stand, which also saw Mahmudullah facing 59 balls and hitting one four.
West Indies are trying to avoid their first series defeat on Bangladeshi soil after losing the first Test in Chittagong by 64 runs. (CMC)