Mehidy Hasan’s maiden hundred lifted Bangladesh to 430 and on top of the West Indies after two days of the primary cricket Test on Thursday.
The West Indies was 75-2 in reply, captain Kraigg Brathwaite on 49 at stumps and newcomer Nkrumah Bonner on 17 in an unbroken 51-run partnership.
Batting at No. 8, the allrounder Mehidy scored 103 off 168 balls, and included 13 boundaries.
Mehidy shaped three vital partnerships to assist Bangladesh set up full management on a sluggish pitch.
He shared a 67-run stand with Shakib Al Hasan for the seventh wicket, 45 runs with Taijul Islam (18) for the eighth wicket, and 67 with Nayeem Hasan (24) for the ninth wicket.
“I was bit nervous initially,” Mehidy stated.
“But Shakib Al Hasan encouraged me. He told me to back my ability and play my natural game.”
His partnership with Shakib was an important after Bangladesh resumed the day on 242-5. Bangladesh misplaced Liton Das early within the morning after he added simply 4 runs to his in a single day 34.
At 248-6, Bangladesh might have slumped, however Shakib resisted and introduced up his twenty fifth half-century, coping with the West Indies’ disciplined spinners patiently.
Shakib, enjoying his first check in 17 months after being suspended for not reporting approaches from a bookmaker, scored 68 off 150 balls with 5 fours.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall was rewarded for his consistency with the wicket of Shakib, who was baffled by further bounce.
Mehidy reached his fifty off 99 balls. He grew in confidence, with assist from Taijul and Nayeem, and introduced up the second fifty off 69 balls. Soon after reaching his first ton, he holed to lengthy on off Cornwall’s bowling and was the final batsman out.
Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was essentially the most profitable bowler for West Indies with 4-133, and Cornwall returned 2-114.
Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman, 2-18, then put West Indies in additional bother with two lbw selections in opposition to John Campbell for 3 within the fifth over after a video assessment, and debutant Shayne Moseley for two with a yorker. Moseley reviewed the choice in useless.
“It is still a good batting pitch, so tomorrow is a very important day for us,” Brathwaite stated.
“We really have to build some partnerships. We have to get as close to their score as possible, or even go past it.”