Mominul slams unbeaten 175 as Bangladesh amass 374 on day one
Bangladesh 374-4 (Mominul 175no) v Sri Lanka
First Test, Chittagong, day one
Mominul Haque scored an unbeaten 175 off just 203 deliveries as Bangladesh went on to post 374 for four at stumps on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on day one.
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first with Sunzamul Islam making his debut.
Tamim Iqbal (52) set the proceedings with three consecutive boundaries in the second over and with Imrul Kayes (40) also playing positively, the duo brought the 50-run opening stand in the 10th over.
Tamim reached his half-century in the 15th over, taking just 46 deliveries but fell soon after when Dilruwan Perera (1-98) castled him.
With not much movement for the quick bowlers, Kayes added another 48 runs with Mominul (175 not out) for the second wicket but fell in the final delivery before lunch when he was trapped LBW by Lakshan Sandakan (1-58). Bangladesh ended the first session scoring 120 for two in 27.4 overs.
Mominul continued to play positively in the second session and went severe on Rangana Herath (0-100). He reached his 13th Test fifty off just 59 deliveries. Bangladesh went into dominant position when Mominul and Mushfiqur Rahim (92) raced to a 100-run stand and soon the left-hander brought the second fastest century by a Bangladesh batsman, needing 96 deliveries for it.
Bangladesh went into tea with a score of 250 for two. In what was another productive session, both Mominul and Rahim added 130 runs in it without losing a wicket.
With even Rahim going past his half-century, Bangladesh looked in no trouble as the 300-run mark came in the 71st over and seven overs later the duo brought their 200-run stand.
Herath, who returned for his final spell in the day was welcomed with a six and a four in the 81st over but Suranga Lakmal (2-43) produced some consolation for the visitors as he had Rahim caught behind and Liton Das (0) castled in successive deliveries in the 84th over but the day completely belonged to Mominul and Bangladesh as they reached 374 for four at stumps.
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