Bangladesh are on course for an emphatic victory against West Indies in the second Test in Mirpur.
The hosts, who won the series opener in Chittagong by 64 runs, recorded a huge first innings total of 508. Mahmudullah hit a career-best 136 while captain Shakib Al Hasan (80), Shadman Islam (76) and Liton Das (54) all contributed half-centuries.
In response, the West Indies were 75-5 at stumps at the end of the second day. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan (3-36) and left-arm spinner Shakib (2-15) did the damage with the ball. The tourists still need 234 more runs to avoid the prospect of following on.
Centurion Mahmudullah said playing positively helped him bat with clarity of mind.
”I think I made slight mental adjustments [for Test] cricket as I felt I would try to bat the way I do in the ODIs,” Mahmudullah said.
“I wanted to bat positively. If the first ball is there for me to hit for a four, I would go after it. I have been thinking from the second Test against Zimbabwe. I wanted to remain positive, nothing more than that.”
Mahmudullah stated the wicket was on the slower side. “The ball wasn’t coming on to bat. When Shakib and I were batting on the first day, we had to work hard. I think we hit only a couple of boundaries. I wanted to be positive but take minimum risks.”
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