Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st Test Day 1: Mominul steals the spotlight on the opening day in Chittagong

Mominul Haque 120 Bangladesh West Indies 1st Test Day 1 Chittagong cricket

Mominul Haque celebrates after scoring his eighth Test century

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Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque scored a sensational 120 to give his side the upper hand over the West Indies on the opening day of the first Test in Chittagong.

Choosing to bat first, Bangladesh were dealt a big blow on the third ball of the match as opener Soumya Sarkar was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach for a duck.

Imrul Kayes and Mominul made up for the loss of Sarkar with a 104-run partnership, during which Mominul brought up his fifty, before Kayes was caught by Sunil Ambris at short leg off the bowling of Jomel Warrican for 44.

Mominul and Mohammad Mithun kept the runs flowing with a 48-run stand before Mithun was caught behind off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo for 20.

Mominul and captain Shakib Al Hasan added 69 runs to the score, during which Mominul surpassed his hundred, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 120, which came off 167 balls and included 10 boundaries and a six.

Gabriel then trapped Mushfiqur Rahim lbw three balls later before removing Mahmudullah in his next over.

Shakib went on to make 34 before he was clean bowled by Gabriel, while Mehidy Hasan Miraz made 22 before being cleaned up by Warrican.

Taijul Islam and debutant Nayeem Hasan halted the West Indies’ charge by forging an unbeaten 56-run partnership before stumps was called.

Taijul finished on 32, which came off 57 balls and included three boundaries and a six, while Nayeem remained undefeated on 24, which came off 60 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Warrican snapped up two, and Roach and Bishoo claimed one wicket each.

Bangladesh ended day one on 315/8 and will continue batting on Friday at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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