Opener Shadman Islam struck a patient for half a century and left arm spinner Jomel Warrican claimed three wickets for 48, while Bangladesh and the West Indies shared the honor on the opening day of the first test in Chittagong on Wednesday. The hosts ended the day at 242-5, with Shadman leading the way with 59 of the 154 balls – and several others coming in with useful hits. Mushfiqur Rahim (38), Mominul Haque (26) and Najmul Hossain (25) all got off to a humble start after Bangladesh chose to strike first, but they were unable to march further.
Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das remained unbeaten at 39 and 34 respectively at the end.
The visiting bowlers managed to strike when a partnership began to blossom, keeping Bangladesh in check.
Kemar Roach first broke through when he bowled opener Tamim Iqbal, with an in-swinger hitting the top of the left-hander’s middle stump.
Although Tamim fell for only nine runs, his number in Test cricket went to 4,414 runs, setting him the record for Bangladesh’s best run-scorer – for a while.
Shadman and Najmul then held the innings stable with 43 runs, before the latter went to out.
Warrican beautifully claimed the first of his three wickets, setting a trap for Bangladeshi skipper Mominul Haque, who obliged by flying out John Campbell at midwicket.
It ended Mominul’s promising 53-run third wicket stand with Shadman, who followed his captain off the field shortly after, having previously been pinched by Warrican with his leg.
Shadman – who hit six fours – could have survived had he revised the referee’s decision on the field as a replay showed the ball going down.
Mushfiqur then recaptured his track record as the country’s leading run-getter and rebuilt Bangladesh’s innings to score 59 runs with Shakib.
Their partnership came to an end when Mushfiqur slipped a supply from Warrican to Rahkeem Cornwall.
The West Indies handed Test debuts to Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers and Shayne Moseley.
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