November 22, 2012
Hasan ton stuns Windies - Number-10 batsman rescues Bangladesh innings
Bangladesh's Abul Hasan bats during the first day of the second cricket Test match against West Indies in Khulna, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. - AP
KHULNA, Bangladesh (CMC):
Debutant Abul Hasan stunned West Indies with an electrifying unbeaten century as Bangladesh produced an incredible rally on the opening day of the second Test yesterday.
The 20-year-old finished the day on an even hundred, a knock that propelled Bangladesh to 365 for eight after the innings lay in virtual ruins at 193 for eight.
He rewrote the history books to become only the second Test debutant in over a hundred years to make a century batting at number 10, an achievement that overshadowed fast bowler Fidel Edwards' five-wicket haul.
Abul has so far shared an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 172 with Mahmudullah whose 72 was equally as entertaining.
With only a handful of first-class matches behind him, the left-hander smashed 10 fours and three sixes off just 108 balls in an amazing innings.
Mahmudullah, meanwhile, counted nine fours off 89 balls for his second half-century of the series.
Nasir Hossain also hit a stroke-filled 52 while captain Mushfiqur Rahim chipped in with 38 while Tamim Iqbal scored 32.
West Indies dominated the first two sessions after Bangladesh won the toss and batted first at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, as Edwards and captain Darren Sammy (2-61) kept the hosts on the backfoot.
Edwards, in for the injured seamer Ravi Rampaul, struck the first blow in the day's third over when he had Nazimuddin caught at forward short leg for four with the score on five.
Opener Tamim Iqbal (32) and Shahriar Nafees (26) then held up the West Indies progress with a 59-run second-wicket stand before Sammy accounted for both before lunch.
On 88 for three at the interval, Bangladesh's innings saw more turmoil on resumption as they lost first Test batting heroes Naeem Islam (16) and Shakib Al Hasan (17) in quick succession, both falling to Edwards.
Tottering at 98 for five, Nasir Hossain and Mushfiqur joined forces to stitch up the innings with an 87-run, sixth-wicket stand.
The partnership was threatening the Windies hold on the game when Nasir, against the run of play, holed out to mid-on off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul four overs before the tea interval.
His dismissal triggered a slide where three wickets fell for eight runs in the space of 33 balls, as Mushfiqur and Sohag Gazi (0) perished quickly after tea.
This paved the way for Abul Hasan and Mahmudullah to launch their rescue mission and West Indies had little answer to the assault.