Hasan rescues Bangladesh with surprise century

Published: Thursday | November 22, 2012 Comments 0
Bangladesh's Abul Hasan (right) acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century against West Indies, during the first day of their second cricket Test match in Khulna, Bangladesh, yesterday. Looking on is West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin. - AP
Bangladesh's Abul Hasan (right) acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century against West Indies, during the first day of their second cricket Test match in Khulna, Bangladesh, yesterday. Looking on is West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin. - 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 here 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.

Dropped on 42 by Kieran Powell at short leg off Permaul, Hasan flourished to play shots to all parts of the ground.

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 (5-81).

Hasan has so far shared an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 172 with Mahmudullah Riad, whose 72 was equally as entertaining.

amazing innings

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.

"I was sent to bat with instructions to just stay at the crease and support Mahmudullah," Hasan said. "But I found some bad balls at the start and seized the opportunity.

"I will try to bat as long as possible tomorrow (today), but I'll be even happier if I can take wickets," Hasan said. "I'm a bowler first."

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 and 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 back foot.

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.

SCOREBOARD

BANGLADESH 1st innings

Tamim Iqbal b Sammy 32
Nazimuddin c Powell b Edwards 4
Shahriar Nafees c wkp Ramdin b
Sammy 26
Naeem Islam b Edwards 16
Shakib Al Hasan c wkp Ramdin b
Edwards 17
+Mushfiqur Rahim c wkp Ramdin b Edwards 38
Nasir Hossain c Edwards b Permaul 52
Mahmudullah not out 72
Sohag Gazi lbw b Edwards 0
Abul Hasan not out 100

Extras (b4, lb3, nb1) 8

TOTAL (8 wkts; 86 overs) 365

To bat: Rubel Hossain

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Nazimuddin), 2-64 (Shahriar Nafees), 3-77 (Tamim Iqbal), 4-93 (Naeem Islam), 5-98 (Shakib Al Hasan), 6-185 (Nasir Hossain), 7-193 (Mushfiqur Rahim), 8-193 (Sohag Gazi).

Bowling: Edwards 16-2-81-5 (nb1), Best 10-3-31-0, Sammy 20-4-61-2, Narine 19-0-91-0, Permaul 19-2-79-1, Samuels 2-0-15-0.

WEST INDIES - Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, +Denesh Ramdin, Veerasammy Permaul, Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards.

Toss: Bangladesh.

Umpires: Richard Illingworth, Bruce Oxenford.

TV: Enamul Haque.

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