Mahmudul Hasan Joy hit his maiden Test ton on Saturday against South Africa in the ongoing Test in Durban.
Mahmudul completed the magical three-figure off 269 deliveries. And along the way, he became the first Bangladeshi to hit a Test ton against South Africa, and that is in South Africa. It was also Mahmudul’s first Test against South Africa.
During the 97th over of Bangladesh’s first innings, Mahmudul cut Keshav Maharaj to the deep backward point region and ran for a couple which brought up his hundred.
At the end of day two, Mahmudul was unbeaten for 44.
Along the way to smashing his first hundred for Bangladesh, Mahmudul hit 10 fours and one six.
While replying to South Africa’s first innings total of 367, Bangladesh lost opener Shadman Islam quickly for just nine runs. In the absence of Tamim Iqbal, it was Shadman’s onus to guide the innings early. But he failed to do so.
On the second wicket, Mahmudul and Najmul Hossain were going well but Najmul failed to carry on. After him, Mominul Haque suffered a duck and Mushfiqur Rahim was also dismissed quickly.
Mahmudul, however, was firm at the other end of the wicket. The gritty batter kept his wicket safe and scoreboard afloat.
Liton Das partnered Mahmudul in an 82-run stand for the sixth wicket. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batter looked confident and comfortable at the wicket. But suddenly he lost his concentration and lost his wicket to Lizaad Williams.
After Liton’s dismissal, Yasir Ali trapped run-out for 22 off 37 balls. Mehidy Hasan Miraz joined Mahmudul in the eighth wicket stand.
Earlier, Simon Harmer, the left-arm spinner, bagged four wickets for the hosts and put immense pressure on Bangladesh.
At the end of 106 overs of Bangladesh’s innings, the visitors are trailing by 111 runs with only three wickets in hand.
Source: United News of Bangladesh