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Mominul steers Tigers to top


Published : 06 Feb 2021 10:13 PM | Updated : 07 Feb 2021 01:32 AM

Bangladesh are in commanding position against West Indies after Day 4 of the first Test match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday. After securing a mammoth lead of 394 against Windies, Tigers ended Day 4 on top as spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s three-for reduced Windies at 110/3. 

Now on the final day of the Test match on Sunday, Windies batters have got a daunting task ahead of them as they need 285 runs more to win with seven wickets in hand. This puts Tigers in pole position to secure a rare Test victory under their belt.

Earlier, on Day 4, Bangladesh declared their second innings at 223 for eight and secured a massive lead of 394. All thanks to skipper Mominul Haque whose stupendous knock of 182-ball 115 laced with 10 exquisite boundaries propelled Tigers to set up a huge target against Windies.

Along the way of hitting this ton, the southpaw surpassed another southpaw batsman Tamim Iqbal to become the holder of most centuries for Bangladesh in the most prestigious format of the game. Before Mominul’s century on Saturday, Tamim hit 9 centuries in this format while Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan recorded 7 and 5, respectively. Now with 10 centuries beside his name, Mominul bettered all of their records and yet again showed why he is the specialist and most reliable batsman for Bangladesh in this format of the game.

Meanwhile, chasing a mammoth total of 394, Windies lost wickets at regular intervals as Miraz removed Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell and Shayne Mosley quickly, leaving Windies crumbling at 59/3. However, after that Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers revived their innings a bit and made sure no more harm was done before the end of Day 4. Nkrumah and Kyle are unbeaten on 15 and 37 runs respectively as they face an intimidating task to save this Test match ahead of the final day.