Chittagong - Mominul Haque hit a towering century to help Bangladesh take opening
day honours in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on
Mominul hit an unbeaten 175 as the hosts reached 374-4
at stumps after electing to bat first at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury
The left-hander shared a 236-run third-wicket stand with
former captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who fell just short of his fifth Test
hundred after scoring 92 off 192 balls.
Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad, on nine, was batting alongside Mominul when stumps were drawn at the start of the two-match series.
Opener Tamim Iqbal gave the hosts a strong start with his brisk 52 and said it was "a fantastic day" for Bangladesh.
"We were very positive and attacking from ball one. It was nice to see."
Lakmal struck with the second new ball to claim two wickets off
successive deliveries and give Sri Lanka some respite late into the
Lakmal, who returned figures of 2-43, forced
Mushfiqur to edge behind the stumps after he had struck 10 fours in his
relatively sedate innings.
The medium-pacer bowled Liton Das for a
duck with the next ball, which swung late to uproot the off-stump after
the batsman had attempted to leave the delivery.
But Mominul was
dominant at the other end, hitting 16 fours and a six off veteran
spinner Rangana Herath during his stay, which has lasted 203 balls so
The 26-year-old posted his fifth Test century and his first
in more than three years off just 96 balls, with back-to-back fours off
left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan.
He then hit Herath for his only six to reach 160 and bring up his 2,000 Test runs in his 47th innings.
Mominul was the fastest Bangladeshi to achieve the feat, overtaking Tamim's record of 53 innings.
Sri Lankan batting coach Thilan Samaraweera was full of praise for Mominul, who is nicknamed Mini.
"We should have bowled better than that. It is 40 runs too many for our part..." he said.
masterful display at his favourite ground came after Bangladesh had
lost both openers, Tamim and Imrul Kayes, in the morning session.
made 52 off 53 balls, sharing a 72-run opening stand with Kayes (40),
until off-spinner Dilruwan Perera bowled him with a beautiful delivery
that pitched outside off-stump and spun sharply.
Tamim struck six fours, and a sweetly timed six off Perera over long-on, in his 25th Test fifty.
Sandakan trapped Kayes leg-before on the stroke of lunch, ending the left-hander's 75-ball stay.