Opener Shadman Islam hit a hundred as Bangladesh A tightened their grip on visitors Ireland A on the second day of the unofficial Test match at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium yesterday.
The 22-year old left-hander scored 108 runs but what impressed selector Habibul Bashar more was his patience -- he stayed in the middle for more than five hours in scorching heat.
Resuming on 38 for one, the home side finished the day on 322 for six thanks to two left-handers -- Shadman and captain Nazmul Hossain, who scored 69 off 135 balls with the help of seven boundaries -- and took a 67-run lead.
"Shadman looked good and showed patience in the scorching heat and Nazmul was fantastic," Bashar said over phone.
Shadman and Nazmul shared 137 runs for the second wicket before the latter was dismissed by Stuart Thompson. The home side lost another wicket quickly when Al Amin returned to the dressing room for a duck.
Yasir Ali then joined Shadman and the duo added 69 runs for the fourth wicket. Yasir made 35 off 86 balls with two fours and as many sixes. Mahedi Hasan was the other notable scorer with 35. Nurul Hasan remained not out at 51.
SCORES IN BRIEF
BANGLADESH: 322 for six in 103 overs (Shadman 108, Nazmul 69, Yasir 35, Nurul 51 not out, Mahedi 35; Smith 2-42, McBrine 2-63)