(left to right) Bangladesh batsmen Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim. @ Getty Images
(left to right) Bangladesh batsmen Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim. @ Getty Images

Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim‘s record partnership helped Bangladesh dominate proceedings on day one of the second Test against Zimbabwe at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

Haque notched 161, while Rahim was unbeaten on 111 when stumps were drawn on the first day as the duo stitched a mammoth 266-run partnership for the fourth wicket to steer the hosts who were reeling at 26/3 in the first few hours of the day. Bangladesh ended day one at 303/5 with fast bowler Kyle Jarvis emerging as the pick of the bowlers with three for 48 in his 19 overs.

Mominul, who brought up his seventh Test century, smashed 19 boundaries for 247-ball 161, while the Bangladesh captain Rahim’s 231-ball innings was laced with just nine boundaries. The duo went past Bangladesh’s previous record partnership for the fourth-wicket stand of 180 runs shared by Mominul and Liton Das against Sri Lanka this year.

Buoyed by their recent 151-run win in the first Test, their first win in five years, Zimbawe were lethal with the new ball with Jarvis, who snapped three at Sylhet, accounting for the wickets of both the Bangladesh openers. Imrul Kayes got an inside edge and wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva snaffled it brilliantly after diving to his right. Kayes, who faced 16 deliveries, departed without troubling the scorers.

Liton (9) found Brendon Mavuta in the midwicket region off Jarvis’ next over after he tried to flick it over the fielder’s head. Donald Tiripano ended debutant Mohammad Mithun’s stay after just balls, sending him back for a duck.

Mominul and Rahim then took control of the innings, before Tendai Chatara had Mominul caught at gully to Brian Chari. Jarvis then removed nightwatchman Taijul Islam for four in the penultimate over of the day to give Zimbabwe a boost before stumps.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 303/5 (Mominul Haque 161, Mushfiqur Rahim 111*; Kyle Jarvis 3/48) versus Zimbabwe