Half-centuries from debutant Shadman Islam and skipper Shakib Al Hasan give Bangladesh the edge over Windies on Day 1 of second Test match in Mirpur yesterday. Tigers finished the day in a strong position by scoring 259/5.
Bangladesh came into this match with two changes to the playing eleven. Imrul was ruled out for injury and 23-year-old opener Shadman Islam replaced him, Mustafizur was overlooked by the team management to make a way for Liton Das. Earlier in the morning session, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. Shadman Islam, the debutant opener, started the innings for Bangladesh with Soumya Sarkar. They added 42 before Soumya played a loose shot off a Roston Chase delivery. After the dismal performance in Chattogram, Soumya failed again to grasp his opportunity. He was dismissed on 19.Then came in form batsman Mominul Haque, he was batting well along with Shadman before getting out ofKemar Roach by playing a rash shot, leaving Bangladesh at 87/2 at launch. Post launch, Mithun and Shadman was batting in a calm manner. Debutant Shadman scored his maiden half century off 147 deliveries while also clinching the record for most balls faced by a Bangladesh opener in debut Test. Mithun and Shadman had an alliance of 64-run for the third wicket stand before Devandra Bishoo struck twice in back-to-back overs to bag the wickets of Mithun and debutant Shadman, leaving Bangladesh at 176/4 at tea. Before getting out Shadman played an elegant innings of 76 runs from 199 balls.
Post tea, skipper Shakib and Mushfiq was at the crease. However, Musfiq failed again as Shermon Lewis cleaned up Mushfiqur Rahim’s stumps with an in-swinger. Mushfiq fell after reaching the landmark of 4,000 Test runs. After that, Mahmudullah and Shakib batted in a mature manner and made sure the day ends without any more fuss. Shakib and Mahmudullah batted out the final 22.3 overs of the day, adding 69 runs for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand. Shakib and Mahmudullah are unbeaten on 55* and 31* respectively.