Daring debut

bangladesh tail-ender makes 106 in second test

KULNA – Abul Hasan marked his Test debut with a 106-ball century batting at number 10 as Bangladesh reached 365 for 8 on day one of the second Test against West Indies in Khulna today.

Bangladesh, needing to win the second Test in order to claim a share of the series after defeat in Dhaka, opted to bat first but were in trouble at 98 for 5 in the early afternoon.

West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards (5-81) and medium pacer Darren Sammy (2-61) did the damage before sixth-wicket pair Nasir Hossain (52) and Mushfiqur Rahim rescued the innings with an 87-run stand.

Earlier Edwards had opener Nazimuddin (4) caught at short leg by Kieran Powell; bowled Naeem Islam (16); and had Shakib Al Hasan (17) caught at the wicket by Denesh Ramdin. Sammy bowled opener Tamim Iqbal (32) and had Shahriar Nafees caught by Ramdin for 26.

Edwards accounted for the stubborn Rahim caught behind for 38 and trapped Sohag Gazi lbw for a duck later in the same over to complete his five-wicket haul, his 12th in Test cricket, and leave Bangladesh on 193 for 8 shortly after tea.

Hasan, a 20-year-old seam bowler playing in only his seventh first-class match, joined Mahmudullah to put on a 172-run partnership for the ninth wicket throughout the remainder of the day.

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