Bangladesh began their tour of the West Indies on a sound note, ending day one of their lone two-day warm-up against local opposition by piling on the runs at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua Thursday.
The Tigers posted 403 losing eight wickets in 84.2 overs against Cricket West Indies President’s XI, riding on centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah, who bagged relatively quickfire hundreds.
Opening batsman Tamim struck 125 off 165 balls, including 17 fours and four sixes, while Mahmudullah, coming in at No 6 hammered 102 off 111 deliveries, featuring 16 boundaries and a sixer.
Shakib al Hasan added a 79-ball 67, with 14 fours, as Bangladesh got some much needed match practice before the first of two Test matches against the Caribbean side gets underway Wednesday at North Sound.
The Tigers though lost a few early wickets, those of opener Liton Das (two), No 3 batsman Mominul Haque (seven) and youngster Nazmul Hossain Shanto (four), struggling to 22/3.
Day 1 (Close of Play) BANGLADESH 403 for 8 (84.2 overs)— WINDIES (@westindies) June 28, 2018
BANGLADESH won toss and decided to bat
Tamim Iqbal Khan retired not out on 125; Mohammad Mahmud Ullah retired not out on 102
However, Tamim and Shakib soon began the repair job, stitching together 90 valuable runs for the fourth wicket, the latter dominating the stand scoring 67.
After Shakib’s departure, Mahmudullah and Chittagong lad Tamim put together 165 for the fifth wicket before Tamim retired not out, enabling the other batsmen to get some match practice under their belt.
Mahmudullah then proceeded to his century before retiring not out while Imrul Kayes, batting at No 9, scored a late 53-ball 40 to help the Tigers cross 400.
In between, Nurul Hasan, the wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed for one while Mehedi Hasan Miraz made 28 off 48 balls.
Kamrul Islam Rabbi (nought) was the last batsman to be dismissed while Taijul Islam was unbeaten on nine.
Seamer Alzarri Joseph led the way for the home side with four wickets.
The home side also features Windies cricketer Shimron Hetmyer and the legendary Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s son, Tagenarine.
On the second and final day Friday, the Bangladesh bowlers will be looking to putting in some overs, ahead of the first Test.
The second and final Test will be held from July 12-16 in Kingston.
The two teams will also face each other in three ODIs and as many T20Is.
The first two ODIs will be played at Providence on July 22 and 25 while the third and last ODI will take place at Basseterre on July 28.
The first T20I will also be held at Basseterre on July 31 while the second and third T20I will be played at Lauderhill on August 4 and 5.
ONLY 2-DAYER, DAY 1
Bangladesh 403/8 in 84.2 overs (Tamim 125*, Mahmudullah 102*, Shakib 67, Imrul 40, Miraz 28)
* Retired not out