Magical Mominul flays KiwisNew Age online
Young left-hander Mominul Haque slammed his maiden Test century to keep Bangladesh firmly in the contest on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand in Chittagong on Friday.
The 22-year-old flayed the bowlers on his way to 181 as the hosts, replying to New Zealand's first innings total of 469, cruised to 380-7 at stumps at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim provided Mominul ample support, adding 121 for the fifth wicket that left the New Zealand bowlers in disarray.
Mushfiq was caught by Ross Taylor off Dough Bracewell at slip for 67 an over after Corey Anderson ended the onslaught of Mominul trapping him plumb in front.
Mominul, nicknamed Sourav by team-mates for a batting style that reminds them of former India captain Sourav Ganguly, hit 27 boundaries in his 274-ball innings, the highest by a Bangladeshi in a Test at home.
Nasir Hossain added 70 runs with Sohag Gazi, unbeaten on 28 at stumps, for the seventh wicket.
Leg spinner Ish Sodhi made Nasir, who scored 46 off 65 balls with seven fours and a six, concede a catch to Brendon McCullum at mid on for his first Test wicket.
Bangladesh, who have lost eight and drawn one of their nine Tests against New Zealand, trail by 89 runs with three wickets in hand on a slow pitch that has offered the bowlers no assistance.
Debutant left-arm seamer Anderson was the lone bowler to emerge with some credit, conceding 23 runs in 14 overs for his two wickets in unhelpful conditions.
Mominul, who came in to bat in his fourth Test match with the side struggling at 8-2 on Thursday evening, launched a spectacular counter-attack to keep the Black Caps at bay.
Mominul put on 126 for the third wicket with debutant Marshall Ayub, who defended dourly at the other end while making 25.
The pair, resuming at 103-2, took the score to 134 when Ayub was caught behind to hand Anderson his first Test wicket.
Former captain Sakib al Hasan scored 19 in a fourth-wicket stand of 46 with Mominul when he was caught behind off Kane Williamson in the first over after lunch.
The second Test will be played in Dhaka from October 21 to 25, followed by three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match.
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