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Shadman, Shakib consolidate Tigers
Bangladesh play without any pacer for the firs time in its Test history
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Shadman, Shakib consolidate Tigers

Bangladesh batsmen Mahmudullah Riyad (L) and Shakib Al Hasan run between the wickets during their unbeaten sixth wicket partnership on the first day of the second Test match against West Indies at Sher-e- Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB photo

On an increasingly deteriorating pitch, Bangladesh kept them aloft over West Indies by posting 259 for five on the first day of the second cricket Test yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Opener Shadman Islam made a patient 76 on his debut and skipper Shakib Al Hasan added an unbeaten 55 to keep their dominance over Caribbean side on a day, when everything went right with the hosts-- from winning the crucial toss to not to taste any batting collapse which was a perennial problem for them.

With the pitch expecting to expose its crack as the day progresses, this total already looked daunting given West Indies’ vulnerability against quality spin. On his maiden Test, Shadman shared two useful partnerships to keep Bangladesh in right track after the team management decided to field a side without any frontline pacer for the first time in their cricket history.

In a pitch that had little to offer for the fast bowlers, this move seemed to be right as of now as West Indies looked for its spinners to make the breakthrough after Bangladesh openers made a solid start.

The visitors indeed brought up spinners after the fourth over and it paid a rich dividend.

Off-spinner Roston Chase (1-61) had Soumya Sarkar caught by Shai Hope at slip for 19 to end a 42-run opening partnership. Shadman and Mominul Haque looked untroubled before the latter was out to a loose delivery to give the wicket to fast bowler Kemar Roach (1-38) on the stroke of lunch.

Mominul, the centurion of the previous Test made 29 off 46, hitting two boundaries.

Shadman then got Mohammad Mithun (29) in the support as the duo combined for a 64-run partnership for the third wicket before leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-69) struck twice, including Shamdan via leg-before. Shadman brought up his fifty with a sweep past square-leg for boundary in the bowling against left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican off 147 balls.

By the time when Shadman got out he had already faced a national record of 199 deliveries on debut, eclipsing opener Javed Omar Belim’s record of facing 138 balls against Zimbabwe in 2001.

Fast bowler Shermon Lewis (1-35) moved the ball admirably in dry pitch to get the better of Mushfiqur Rahim (14), raising a hope to claw back.

Mushfiq during his short stay in the crease reached a landmark of touching 4,000 runs after Tamim Iqbal. He needed eight runs to touch the feat as second batsman of Bangladesh.

But Shakib held together the innings and established Bangladesh’s firm dominance, aided by Mahmudullah (31 not out), sharing a 69-run in an unbroken sixth wicket stand.