Mominul Haque has smashed the second-fastest century by a Bangladeshi batsman in the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong. His century has put Bangladesh on a commanding position.
Mominul came into the crease when Tamim Iqbal fell in the 16th over after scoring 54-ball 53. Mominul’s approach was positive right from the start. He raced to his half-century in 59 balls.
He accelerated harder and got his fifth Test hundred in 96 balls before the tea break. He came down the wicket and hit Lakshan Sandakan for a boundary to bring up his ton.
The only fastest century by a Bangladeshi than Mominul is Tamim’s 94 balls against England at Lord’s in 2010. Tamim also scored centuries in 100 (against England in Manchester) and 101 balls (versus India in Dhaka.
It was not the first time Mominul has reached a century before facing 100 balls. In 2013, he made his maiden Test century in 98 balls against New Zealand at the same venue. His next three hundreds came in 169, 167 and 156 balls.
The pocket dynamo’s 96-ball century is the second-fastest Test century in Bangladeshi soil after Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 93 in Chittagong in 2008/09.
Four out of Mominul’s five Test centuries have come at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, the most at this venue. Only Imrul Kayes, Dilshan and Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar have more than one century at ZACS.
Fastest Test centuries by Bangladeshi batsmen:
Tamim Iqbal 94 balls vs England at Lord’s, 2010
Mominul Haque 96 balls vs Sri Lanka at ZACS, 2018
Mominul Haque 98 balls vs New Zealand at ZACS, 2013
Tamim Iqbal 100 balls vs England at Old Trafford, 2010
Tamim Iqbal 101 balls vs India at SBNCS, 2010
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-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com