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Islam & Shakib Slam Fifties, Take Hosts to 259/5 on Opening Day of Dhaka Test

Cricketnext Staff |November 30, 2018, 4:35 PM IST
Islam & Shakib Slam Fifties, Take Hosts to 259/5 on Opening Day of Dhaka Test

Opener Shadman Islam stroked his way to a gritty half-century on debut but regular wickets by the Windies bowlers kept Bangladesh in check on the opening day of the second Test in Dhaka on Friday (November 30).

Islam, 23, who came in place of the injured Imrul Kayes showed why he is one of the most talked-about players in the domestic circuit as he crafted a patient 76 in 199 deliveries at Shere Bangla National Stadium. By the time stumps were drawn the Bangladesh captain too got to a half-century - his 24th in Tests - leading his side to 259/5 after 90 overs.

Electing to bat first on what seemed an excellent batting strip Islam got his first runs in Test cricket with an elegant off-drive. The duo of Soumya Sarkar and Islam kept things steady upfront but the former once again frittered away a start by edging Roston Chase to a lone slip for 19.

Islam and Mominul Haque, the centurion from the first game, kept the momentum going thwarting the Windies bowlers and looked set to go into lunch unscathed before a rather loose shot by Haque brought about his downfall right at the stroke of the break. Pacer Kemar Roach banged a short ball outside off which the left-hander looked to flat bat over the on side but was deceived by the pace and instead gave Chase stationed at long on a simple catch for 29.

Mohammad Mithun then joined Islam after the break and the duo kept the visitors at bay for the next 20-odd overs as they forged a 64-run stand for the third wicket. Islam brought up his maiden fifty off 147 balls by sweeping left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican through square leg for a boundary.

But just when the partnership seemed like flourishing another tame shot by Mithun brought about his end. The right-hander misread the line and went back to a fuller length googly from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo only to find his stumps in a mess for 29.

The Windies bowlers then roared back into the game with the quick wickets of Islam and Mushfiqur Rahim. Islam, who had grafted a solid innings to that point played down the wrong line to Bishoo to be trapped right in front of the stumps for 76. His innings included six fours. Sherman Lewis then had Rahim castled with a peach of an in-dipper that moved in late to breach the batsman's defences for 14 as Bangladesh found themselves in a spot of bother at 190/5.

However, Shakib and Mahmudullah ensured there were no further mishaps in the session as the hosts finished the day on a high. Shakib hit a lone boundary during his unbeaten stay at the crease reaching his fifty in 98 balls while Mahmudullah too looked circumspect during his 31*.

Earlier, Bangladesh went into the Test without a recognised pacer as they dropped Mustafizur Rahman replacing him with the additional batsman in Liton Das. The Windies replaced suspended Shannon Gabriel with right-arm pacer Lewis.

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