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Mominul Haque led from the front with classy century before off-spinner Mehidy Hasan continued his fine run with ball as hosts Bangladesh has edged closer to victory in the first Test match against West Indies.

At the close of day four at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, the visitors were 285 runs away from an imposing victory with seven wickets in hand.  After setting a target of 395, Bangladesh picked up 3 wickets at stumps of day four.

Mominul Haque takes advantage of a loose ball against West Indies in the opening Test on Day 4 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. Photo: BCB

Earlier, Bangladesh started the day with the overnight score of 47 for 3. Mushfiqur Rahim added 8 more runs to his tally before dismissed by Cornwall on 18. From then skipper Mominul Haque rescued his side with the help of Liton Kumar Das.

The pair made a valuable 133 runs to power Bangladesh to a big lead. Warrican broke the partnership after lunch break by dismissing Liton for 69.

Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque (L) and his teammate Liton Das run between the wicket during the fourth day of the first cricket Test match. Photo: Munir Uz zaman / AFP via Getty Images

Mominul on the other end picked up his 10th Test century. Mominul became the joint quickest batsman to score 3000 runs before got out on 115.

West Indies got a glimmer of hope when off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall struck early, dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim for 18. Mushfiqur reviewed the decision in vain.

With the ball keeping low, Mominul and Liton had to be watchful. Mominul completed his 10th century off 173 balls, pushing the ball toward cover for a quick single.

Mominul Haque overtook Tamim Iqbal to register the most centuries by a Bangladesh player in Tests. His 115 against West Indies was his 10th in the format in 76 innings. Photo: BCB

This made him the highest centurion for Bangladesh, eclipsing opener Tamim Iqbal’s nine tons. The century is also his seventh in Chattogram venue.

Both Mominul and Das fell in the space of five balls in a bid to accelerate the scoreboard. Shortly after that, Bangladesh declared their innings to give them enough time for ensuring the victory.

Bangladesh’s Liton Das plays a shot. Photo: Munir Uz zaman / AFP via Getty Images

Cornwall and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican grabbed three wickets each.

Chasing a massive target of 395, West Indies lost their first wicket when Mehdiy Hasan Miraz trapped Campbell lbw for 23. Miraz then bagged two more wickets and the Carribians were reduced to 59 for 3.

Shakib Al Hasan remained off the field due to a left-thigh strain. Photo: BCB

But an unbeaten 51-run stand between Bonner and Mayers frustrated the Bangladesh bowlers. They ended the day on 110 for 3. Bonner not out on 15 and Mayers on 37.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz celebrates a wicket with his team-mates. Photo: BCB

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, who scored a century in Bangladesh’s first innings, got both of West Indies openers in consecutive overs.

Bangabandhu Test Series 2021

Day 4, First Test

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

Bangladesh: 430/10 in 150.2 overs (Miraz 103, Shakib 68, Shadman 59; Warrican 4/133, Cornwall 2/114, Bonner 1/16) & 223/8 dec. in 67.5 overs (2nd innings) (Mominul 115, Liton 69, Mushfiqur 18; Warrican 3/57, Cornwall 3/81, Gabriel 2/37)

West Indies: 259/10 in 96.1 overs (Brathwaite 76, Blackwood 68, Joshua 42; Miraz 4/58, Mustafizur 2/46, Nayeem 2/54) & 110/3 in 40 overs (2nd innings) (Mayers 37*, Campbell 23, Brathwaite 20; Miraz 3/52)

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