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Hasan props up Bangla

Khulna: Abul Hasan became only the second man in 135 years of Test cricket to hit a debut hundred batting at No. 10 on the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old left-hander was unbeaten on 100 and added an invaluable 172 runs for the unfinished tenth wicket stand with Mohammed Mahmudullah (72) to help the home team recover from 193 for the loss of eight wickets to 365 for eight at close on the opening day.

Hasan became an unlikely hero for the home fans as he turned spinner Sunil Narine for two to reach his hundred, matching Australian Reggie Duff’s feat who scored 104 against England at Melbourne in 1902 while batting at No. 10.

Hasan, whose previous highest first class score was 61, batted with complete authority as he has so far hit 13 boundaries and three sixes off just 108-balls.

Fidel Edwards had earlier pushed Bangladesh to the brink five minutes into resumption after tea when he had captain Mushfiqur Rahim (38) and Sohag Gazi (0) in one over before Hasan and Mahmudullah subdued the West Indians.

(Agencies)