Shanto remained not out on 124 at the stumps of first day at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna as the hosts ended the day on 233-4
Young batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto made a brilliant century and the unbeaten batsman wanted to thrive on for more as Bangladesh Emerging Team made a good start in the first four-day match against Sri Lanka Emerging Team on Tuesday.
Shanto remained not out on 124 at the stumps of first day at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna as the hosts ended the day on 233-4.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh lost their opener Mohammad Naim (nine) early in the innings but from then on it was all about Shanto throughout the remainder of the day.
The stylish left-handed batsmen build up his innings gradually but with confidence and got some good support from opener Saif Hassan and Afif Hossain.
On the not so conducive pitch and against good bowling attack of visitors, who won the one-day series by 2-1 in the current tour, Shanto remained calm and reaped rich rewards.
He consumed 249 deliveries and struck 12 fours and a six in his well constructed innings that he wished to extend further today.
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“It was not an easy pitch to score and the quality of the opposition attack was also very high. I really had to work hard for fetching runs,” said Shnto after the match over phone to Dhaka Tribune.
“I felt satisfied but I would like to continue the good work and make the innings bigger,” added the 21-year old who is captaining the side in the match.
Shanto’s young partner Saif was even more cautious as he played 94 balls to score 18 runs but their 69-run stand in the second wicket gave a tempo before Afif, who scored 54, added 99 runs with his skipper to keep the hosts in the right track.
Shanto, who got a rather surprising debut in Test two years back in New Zealand have played just two Tests and three one-day internationals so far, is however not thinking much about the future as he is willing to focus on his game more than anything else.
“I just want to focus on playing well and work hard. If I can do that hopefully I will get chances,” said the Rajshahi-born cricketer.