1st Test: Mominul hits fifty in strong Bangladesh start
Mominul Haque. (AFP Image)

Mominul Haque swung Bangladesh into gear Thursday with a solid half-century on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies in Chittagong. Mominul hit an unbeaten 55 as the home side reached 105-2 at lunch after skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat first at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

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Pace bowler Kemar Roach struck in the first over of the morning, dismissing opening batsman Soumya Sarkar on a duck as the two-Test series got under way. But Imrul and Mominul steadied the innings with their 104-run stand for the second wicket. Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican broke the stand on the stroke of lunch when he had Imrul caught by Sunil Ambris at forward short-leg for 44.

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Warrican was unlucky not to get Imrul early when the left-hander was reprieved by a no-ball on 16. Imrul picked out deep square leg fielder Shannon Gabriel in the bowler’s very first over, but a television replay indicted that Warrican had overstepped. He was also put down by Roston Chase at second slip off Roach on three.

Mominul, now eyeing a third consecutive hundred at Chittagong, looked solid at the other end, hitting seven fours including three in one over off Chase. It is his 13th Test fifty. Bangladesh received a boost before the match when Shakib overcame fitness concerns to play his first game in any format since September.

The home side handed a debut to teenage offspinner Nayeem Hasan, adding him to a strong spin attack, which also includes Shakib, Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan.

Lunch: Bangladesh 105/2 (Mominul 53*) vs West Indies.