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KHULNA: Mominul Haque and Imrul Kayes’s brilliant half centuries helped Bangladesh to score 236 for 4 in 89.5 overs at stumps against Pakistan on day 1 of the first Test of Dan Cake two-match Test series at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
After a steady start in the day’s first session, the 52-run partnership of openers Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal came to an end as Pakistan threatened early blow removing in-form batsman Tamim Iqbal just before the lunch break.
The left handed opener Tamim scored 25 runs from 74 balls laced with three boundaries fell on the brink of lunch off Yasir Shah’s delivery into the safe hands of Azhar Ali at short leg, after the host opted to bat first.
Tamim’s departure brought Mominul to join with Imrul Kayes, who occupied the wicket with his gritty knock of 51 runs from 130 balls lacing six boundaries to his name. He fell shortly after reaching his first fifty against Pakistan in Test matches when he gave a return catch to Mohammad Hafeez.
But, Mominul Haque again paired another 95-run partnership with all-rounder Mahmudullah for the third wicket stand but Mahmudullah was dismissed by Wahab Riaz for 49 runs when wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed took a one-handed blinder.
The all-rounder Mahmudullah faced 123 balls hitting six fours in his innings.
Momunul was seemed comfortable with bat to play a big knock but he was trapped leg before wicket by Zulfiqar Babar in the last ball of the first day, allowing Pakistan to fight back in the match.
The left handed batsman Mominul, who scored the first Test half century against Pakistan, played a gritty knock of 80-run off 162-ball that studded with eight boundaries.
Shakib Al Hasan was on the crease with 19 runs as the stumps were drawn for the first day. Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiquar Babar and Yasir Shah took one wicket each conceding 38, 40, 55 and 58 runs respectively.