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Mahmudullah Ton, Spinners Put Bangladesh on Top Against Windies in Dhaka Test

It was only Shimron Hetmyer (32) and Shane Dowrich (17) who showed some resistance to the opposition bowlers and tried to bail their side out of trouble.

Cricketnext Staff |December 1, 2018, 7:40 PM IST
Mahmudullah Ton, Spinners Put Bangladesh on Top Against Windies in Dhaka Test

It was a near-perfect day for Bangladesh as Mahmudullah Riyad slammed a career-best of 136 as he took the hosts to a daunting 508 in their first innings of the first Test against West Indies in Dhaka on Saturday. In reply, Windies could manage 75/5 at the end of day's play that put Bangladesh on top in the encounter.

It was the worst possible start to the innings for the visitors as they lost the reliable opener Kraigg Brathwaite in the very first over to Shakib Al Hasan for nought. The side never really recovered from that as Shakib (2/15) and Mehidy Hasan (3/36) piled the misery on the Windies. They lost another four quick wickets thereafter, with the scoreboard reading 29/5 at one stage.

It was only Shimron Hetmyer (32) and Shane Dowrich (17) who showed some resistance to the opposition bowlers and tried to bail their side out of trouble. The duo added 46 runs to Windies total and ensured that no more wickets fell till the close of play.

Earlier, starting the day at 259/5, Shakib Al Hasan (80) and Mahmudullah combined well and took the team's total past 300 without any hiccups. But soon skipper Shakib departed 20 runs short of his sixth Test ton and fell to Kemar Roach. Windies then would have harboured hopes of ending Bangladesh innings soon, but that was not to be as Liton Das (54) played second fiddle to Mahmudullah and strung a partnership of 92 runs for the seventh wicket.

There were some useful contributions from the tail, that ensured Mahumullah reached his third Test century and took the team total beyond 500. Taijul Islam chipped in with valuable 26, while Mehidy Hasan (18) and Nayeem Hasan (12) added to the team's total.

For Windies, it was an ordinary effort by their bowlers as they failed to tighten the screws when the situation demanded. The last two wickets added 92 runs to take Bangladesh to a big first innings score. In fact, there were two dropped catches — Mahmudullah & Nayeem — towards the end of the innings, but the damage had already been done till then.

Spinners Jomel Warrican (2/91), Devendra Bishoo (2/109) and Roston Chase (1/111) did the bulk of the bowling on the day, but without much success. Part-time spinner Brathwaite (2/57) emerged as the pick of the bowlers, as he managed to remove danger man Das when his partnership was flourishing with Mahmudullah.

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