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Mominul Haque century drives Bangladesh



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WINDIES 'TOUR OF BANGLADESH, 2018

Mominul Haque raised his sixth Test Century.

Mominul Haque raised his sixth Test Century. © AFP

Mominul Haque bossed another opposition at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, scoring his sixth Test century in just his eighth game at the venue as Bangladesh continued on the solid foundation laid down in the first session. Mominul's milestone also puts it on par with Tamim Iqbal for most centuries in the format by a Bangladeshi batsman (eight).

After receiving his half-century in the first innings – where he also added a 104-run stand with Imrul Kayes to revive the team from the early jolt of Soumya Sarkar's first-over dismissal – Mominul carried on similarly the post break Lunch. The scoring rate dipped in the first hour of the second session as Mominul looked to win another long alliance with a new batting partner.

Mohammad Mithun, who arrived at the strike of Lunch following Kayes's dismissal, found life tough against the pace of Shannon Gabriel, batting out 16 dot balls against him. Mithun's idea of ​​compensating for it was to try and throw the spinners off-guard with his cross-batted swipes, which eventually led to his downfall. Devendra Bishoo against the turn resulted in a leading edge that he would not avoid watching in the dressing room. Shane Dowrich had enough time to run forward and get under the ball, call for it and complete a simple take.

Mominul meanwhile enjoyed the rub of the green as the Windies continued to be ordinary on the field, and especially in the slip cordon. Bishoo got Mominul to nick one but Dowrich could not get his gloves behind that one. After relying on Roston Chase and Jomel Warrican in the morning session, Kraigg Brathwaite swore by the skills of Bishoo in the second session as the leggie. Bishoo on his part, was threatening and troubled Shakib Al hasan to a great extent at the start of the skipper's innings, leaving him in two minds whether to play on the front foot or rock back deep inside the crease.

The post-lunch session oscillates from scratchy to fluent in short bursts for the hosts. The first hour of the session made Bangladesh scoring at about three more than Mithun was still trying to settle in. Once Shakib replaced him and rode past the early wobble thanks to Bishoo, he too played his shots. Shakib and Mominul added 49 runs in the first 10 overs after the drinks break. They soon went easy on the boundary hitting and slowed down a touch to take Bangladesh to 216 for 3 at the Tea Break.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 216/3 (Mominul Haque 116 *, Imrul Kayes 44; Kemar Roach 1-34) vs Windies.

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