He scored an unbeaten century in the second innings of the only Test on the tour of Zimbabwe. Sometimes he did not play any kind of cricket for more than two months. However, Nazmul Hossain Shantar did not rust at all. The young left-arm batsman once again played a great innings in a big length match. Although he did not get a century for a while.
Shant played an innings of 96 off 203 balls on the first day of the four-day match against the High Performance (HP) team for Bangladesh ‘A’ in Chittagong. Sadman Islam, another centurion in the Zimbabwe Test, scored 56 runs. ‘A’ team finished the first day with 260 runs for 5 wickets.
The BCB has organized a series of two four-day matches and three one-day matches between the ‘A’ team and the HP team due to the inability to travel abroad or play a series with a foreign team. Mominul Haque and several other Test cricketers are in the ‘A’ team. However, Test captain Mominul is not playing in the first match due to family reasons.
After losing the toss at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Thursday morning, the ‘A’ team did not have a good start. Saif Hasan was bowled by pacer Sumon Khan in the sixth over. He did not do well in the Test against Zimbabwe at the beginning of last July. After scoring zero runs in the first innings, he made 43 in the second innings. This time he did 15.
After that he started batting calmly. He went ahead with Sadman. The team went to the lunch break with 69 runs for 1 wicket. After the break, Sadman completed the fifth with 119 balls. He did not last long. Left-arm spinner Hasan Murad returned the catch with the ball. His innings of 56 runs made in 5 fours from 133 balls. 123 runs came in the second wicket partnership.
Shantar Fifty comes with 114 balls. Mohammad Mithun, who led the team in this match, could not go double digits. The batsman, who was dropped from the team for the last Test series, was run out for 9 off 26 balls. Yasir Ali Rabbi could not extend the innings from the crease for some time. The batsman, who was caught by Rezaur Rahman, made 21 off 36 balls.
Shant was on his way to the century. But he got close and caught Tanjid with Mahmudul Hasan’s ball. His 96-run innings of 202 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes was spent on 302 wickets.
Irfan Shukkur and Munim Shahriar spent the rest of the day. Shukkur is unbeaten on 27 off 63 balls with 3 fours. Munim is batting for 15 runs from 43 balls.
Mahmudul, Sumon, Rezaur and Hasan Murad took one wicket each for HP.