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Mominul, tail-enders propel Bangladesh
Bangladesh had Mominul Haque and tail-enders to thank for helping them finishing the first day of the first Test against West Indies with a respectable position in Chattogram on Thursday.
Mominul made 120 off 167 balls –his eighth Test century as Bangladesh reached 315-8 before bad light brought early stumps at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Bangladesh seemed to be getting restricted to a mediocre total despite Mominul’s hundred after Shannon Gabriel’s four-wicket burst left them reduced to 235-7 from 222-3 in the third session.
But Taijul Islam and debutant Nayeem Hasan shared 56-run in an unbroken ninth wicket stand to take them past 300-run mark.
Taijul was reprieved twice by TV umpire to stay unbeaten on 32 while Nayeem was batting on 24.
The pair came together after Jomel Warrican ended Mehedi Hasan’s initial resistance bowling him out for 22 runs.
Mominul earlier moved quickly from 90s to bring his hundred with a six and four in successive overs drawing him level with Tamim Iqbal for most Test century for Bangladesh.
It was his third hundred at the ground in consecutive innings and his fourth this year - only India's Virat Kohli has scored as many Test centuries in 2018 so far.
Bangladesh were put on a strong position after Mominul’s hundred that took the Tigers to 216-3 at tea break.
Gabriel made Mominul caught behind second over into the resumption before he removed Mushfiqur Rahim (four), Mahmudullah (three) and Sakib al Hasan (34) in a quick span of time.
Mominul earlier helped Bangladesh steady their innings after pace bowler Kemar Roach struck in the first over of the morning, dismissing opening batsman Soumya Sarkar on a duck.
He shared 104-run with Imrul Kayes for the second wicket and another 48-run with Mohammad Mithun for the third wicket stand.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo dismissed Mithun for 20 to give West Indies their only success in the second session.
Dowrich took the catch after Mithun missed the flight of the ball and heaved a catch in the sky.
Bishoo also could have taken the wicket of Mominul if Dowrich had not dropped a sharp chance when the batsman was on 67.
Warrican earlier struck on the stroke of lunch when he had Imrul caught by Sunil Ambris at forward short-leg for 44.
Warrican was unlucky not to get Imrul early when the left-hander was reprieved by a no-ball on 16.
Imrul picked out deep square leg fielder Shannon Gabriel in the bowler's very first over, but a television replay indicted that Warrican had overstepped.
He was also put down by Roston Chase at second slip off Roach on three.