Abul Hasan became only the second man in 135 years of Test cricket to hit a debut century batting at No. 10, on the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies yesterday.
The 20-year-old left-hander was unbeaten on 100 and added an invaluable 172 runs for the unfinished 10th wicket stand with Mohammad Mahmudullah (72) to help the home team recover from 193-8 to 365-8 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 100, matching Australian Reggie Duff’s feat who scored 104 against England at Melbourne in 1902 while batting at 10.
Hasan, whose previous highest first-class score was 61, batted with complete authority as he has so far hit 13 boundaries and three towering sixes off just 108 balls to completely overshadow a destructive 5-81 by paceman Fidel Edwards.
Edwards had pushed Bangladesh to the brink five minutes into resumption after tea when he had captain Mushfiqur Rahim (38) and Sohag Gazi (nought) in one over, before Hasan and Mahmudullah subdued West India.
The pair has set a new record for 10th wicket in all Bangladesh Tests, beating the 77-run stand between Mashrafe Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain, made against India at Chittagong in 2007.
The pair is just 24 short of beating the world record for 10th wicket in all Test cricket — 195 set by South African pair Mark Boucher and Pat Symcox, against Pakistan at Johannesburg in 1998.
The West Indies were sloppy in the field, as Kieran Powell dropped Hasan when the batsman was on 42 and Mahmuddulah was floored by Darren Bravo when on 37 — both off luckless left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and both proving costly.
Hasan made the most of the chance, hitting a four and a six off Darren Sammy to complete his half-century off just 55 balls, and continued in the same vein in the last hour.
Mahmuddulah, a recognized batsman overshadowed by the newcomer, hit nine fours in his 89-ball knock.
In the first session, West Indies captain Sammy had helped derail the home team by dismissing Shahriar Nafees (26) and opener Tamim Iqbal (32) in quick succession, after Bangladesh won the toss and batted.
However, it was fellow paceman Edwards who further reduced the home team in the second over after lunch, removing first Test centurion Naeem Islam (16) and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (17) in successive overs.
Bangladesh, who trail 0-1 in the series after losing the first Test by 77 runs in Dhaka, lost opener Nazimuddin in the third over of the innings for just four.
Iqbal and Nafees batted sensibly to add 59 for the second wicket, but Sammy struck twice to give the West Indies the upper hand.
Nafees edged a wide delivery to the wicket-keeper, while Iqbal was bowled off a sharp incoming delivery.
Edwards took two wickets in his first over after the tea break, with Rahim caught brilliantly by Ramdin, and then trapped Gazi, but Hasan and Mahmudullah spoiled the good work in the end.