Khulna - Mominul Haque scored 80 as Bangladesh made an impressive start in the
first Test against Pakistan in Khulna on Tuesday, reaching 236 for four
by stumps on the opening day.
The talented 23-year-old
left-hander batted fluently to pass 50 for the 12th time in his first 13
Tests before being trapped leg-before by Zulfiqar Babar off the last
ball of the day.
Opener Imrul Kayes made 51, Mohammad Mahmudullah
scored 49 and Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on 19 after the hosts elected
to take first strike in good batting conditions at the Sheikh Abu Naser
Mominul has scored a half-century or more in his last 10
Tests. Only four batsmen -- Viv Richards of the West Indies, South
Africa's AB de Villiers and the Indian duo of Gautam Gambhir and
Virender Sehwag -- have scored more 50s in consecutive Test matches.
think we are in a good position, but if I had not been out we would
have been on top," Mominul said after the day's play. "Surviving here is
easy, but scoring runs is difficult."
Mominul put on 40 for the
second wicket with Imrul, 95 for the third with Mahmudullah and 49 for
the fourth with Shakib as Pakistan's bowlers toiled for success on an
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, off-break bowler Mohammad
Hafeez, left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar
claimed a wicket each, but Pakistan were let down by shoddy catching and
The most expensive let-off was by Zulfiqar, who spilled a simple return catch when Mominul was on 17.
broke a 52-run opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul just before
lunch by having Tamim (25) caught at forward short-leg by Azhar Ali.
Yasir, who had missed the preceding limited-overs series due to injury, ended the day with figures of one for 58 in 18 overs.
survived a strong leg-before appeal off the third ball of the innings
from Junaid Khan as the TV umpire turned down Pakistan's review.
who dropped Tamim at leg slip off Zulfiqar when he was on 16, made
amends by taking a return catch to dismiss Imrul after lunch.
had to wait for almost two hours for their next success, which came
after tea when wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed dived to his right to remove
Mahmudullah off Wahab's bowling.
Azhar, who led Pakistan in the
one-dayers before making way for Misbah-ul Haq in the Tests, said the
day's honours were shared after the dismissal of Mominul in the last
"Obviously after picking Mominul's wicket we are happy," he
said. "It has raised the team's spirits and hopefully we can dismiss
them early tomorrow."
Bangladesh handed Test debuts to Soumya
Sarkar and fast bowler Mohammad Shahid, while Pakistan picked uncapped
batsman Sami Aslam for the opening match of the two-Test series.
also ignored senior off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, preferring to go in with
two specialist slow bowlers in Zulfiqar and Yasir.
The hosts swept the ODI series 3-0 and also defeated Pakistan for the first time in a Twenty20 international.