Pocket dynamo Mominul Haque hit his eighth Test hundred during the first Test against Windies to match Virat Kohli’s feat of most Test hundreds by a batsman in 2018.
However, Mominul took only 13 innings to get to the milestone while Kohli did it in 18 innings. No other batsmen have scored more than two Test tons this year With this century the classy left-hander has also equaled Tamim Iqbal with most number of Test hundreds for Bangladesh.
It was Mominul’s sixth Test hundred in Chattogram and he continued his good form having struck 161 against Zimbabwe in the recently concluded second Test.
Mominul Haque’s superlative innings of 120 runs helps Bangladesh to post a respectable total in the first innings, as Day 1 of first Test match between Bangladesh and Windies in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium ended at 315/8.
Nonetheless, Tigers continued their dismal batting display against Windies as they were eight down with only 259 runs on board. Taijul Islam and debutant Nayeem Hasan’s 56 run alliance for ninth-wicket stand helped Bangladesh to cross 300-run mark.
Meanwhile, Mominul crossed the 100-run mark before Tea with a boundary off Roston Chase to reach 102 from 98 runs in 49.3 over. Mominul’s excellent innings ended at 120, his innings included 10 boundaries and 1 maximum. He now has the joint-most hundreds for the year along with Indian Test side captain Virat Kohli as apart from these two; no other batsman has hit more than two tons this year in the Test cricket. While Kohli did it in 18 innings, Mominul took only 13 innings to get there. With this feat, Mominul proved that he is an underrated batsman in Test cricket. This is also his third consecutive Test century at Chattogram, equaling Tamim Iqbal’s record of most number of Test hundreds for Bangladesh.
Earlier in morning session, Bangladesh won the toss and skipper Shakib Al Hasan opted to bat first. Uncapped spinner Nayeem Hasan got a spot alongside Shakib. Soumya, who returned for Test after around a year break, was included in the starting eleven. Tigers started the innings in worst possible fashion as opener Soumya Sarakar was out for duck, facing just two deliveries. Soumya, was caught behind by Shane Dowrich off Kemar Roach with a collection of one run on the score board. From there, Tigers recovered as Mominul Haque and Imrul Kayes built a strong partnership of 104-run for the second wicket stand. Kayes was caught by Sunil Ambris off Jomel Warrican, he scored 44 runs before departing. Mominul Haque completed his 13th Test half-century before launch. Bangladesh’s score was 105/2 at launch.
Post launch, Mominul continued to bat in elegant manner but saw wickets falling at the other end. Mithun fell to Bishoo leaving Bangladesh’s score at 153/3. Returning captain Shakib came into bat. Mominul and Shakib tried to steady the ship. Mominul got his hundred in 50th over. At tea, Tigers score was 216/3.
Bangladesh had been going strong with Mominul and Shakib Al Hasan but Windies returned stronger. Post tea, wickets started to crumble like a house of cards. Mominul fell to Shannon Gabriel after his brilliant innings of 120 runs. Shakib tried to stay in the crease and fight back but he got an inside-edge to see his stumps disturbed off Gabriel’s delivery. From 222 for 4, Bangladesh were 235 for 7. Bangladesh lost Mominul, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah and Shakib in quick succession. Pacer Gabriel routed Tigers batting lineup by taking 4 wickets.