Mustafizur Rahman claimed two early wickets after Mehidy Hasan hit his first Test 100 to put Bangladesh in first place in the first Test against the West Indies in Chittagong on Thursday. Mehidy hit 103 of 168 balls to lead the hosts to 430 in their first innings, before Mustafizur’s 2-18 helped them reduce the tourist count to 75-2 on stumps on the second day. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Nkrumah Bonner posted 51 runs in a continuous third wicket position to avert further damage, after Mustafizur rattled the visitors by firing John Campbell and Shayne Moseley early.
Both batsmen were assessed leg-before and scored three and two runs, respectively.
Brathwaite got closer to a 50 and remained unbeaten at 49 alongside rookie Bonner, 17 not out, at the end.
Mehidy previously was the last man to be ejected in the innings of Bangladesh, when he issued a flyout to replace Kavem Hodge at Rahkeem Cornwall.
Shakib Al Hasan also hit 68 when Bangladesh dominated the West Indies bowlers, adding 188 runs in two sessions after resuming play of the day at 242-5.
Left arm spinner Jomel Warrican was the best bowler in the West Indies, claiming four wickets for 133 runs.
Warrican struck early on the second day when he pitched overnight batsman Liton Das (38) in the third over of the day.
Liton was able to add only four points to his overnight score, but Shakib and Mehidy took back the momentum with a partnership of 67 points for the seventh wicket.
The partnership ended when Shakib fired a loose shot at Brathwaite, at a point after he hit five fours in his patient 150 ball hit.
The visitors dropped Mehidy on 24 when Moseley landed a simple catch on a stupid point, which would have given Warrican an initial five-wicket Test haul.
The all-rounder made the most of it, forging two other sizeable partnerships of 44 and 57 runs, with Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan respectively.
Taijul made 18 before being sent off by Shannon Gabriel, as Joshua Da Silva flied out behind the stumps.
Nayeem made 24 of 46 balls with four boundaries, including three in a single, before he was thrown by rookie Bonner for his first Test wicket.
Mehidy swept Warrican to bring his hundred to 160 balls, but soon lost his wicket to Cornwall to end Bangladesh’s innings.
Cornwall finished 2-114 and Mustafizur was unbeaten on three runs.
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