Bangla score 2nd highest total on debut

Published: Sunday, November 12, 2000, 2:00 [IST]
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Dhaka: Bangladesh's first innings score of 400 in their first Test against India Saturday is the second highest for a team making its debut in Test cricket - after Zimbabwe's 456 against India in Harare. Former captain Aminul Islam became only the third batsman to hit a century in a country's maiden Test match. His 145 on Saturday was the second highest individual score on a country's debut after Australian C Bannerman's 165 not out against England in Melbourne in 1876-1877.

Except Zimbabwe and Pakistan, all other nations had opened their Test career against England. India holds the record of playing three countries in the maiden Tests - Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Following are the first innings totals of the other nine Test-playing countries in their debut Test. South Africa - 84 against England, 1888-89, Port Elizabeth.

New Zealand - 112 against England, 1929-30, Christchurch. Pakistan - 150 against India, 1952-53, New Delhi West Indies - 177 against England, 1929, Lord's India - 189 against England, 1932, Lord's England - 196 against Australia, 1876-77, Melbourne. Sri Lanka - 218 against England, 1981-82, Colombo Australia - 245 against England, 1876-77, Melbourne. Zimbabwe - 456 against India, 1992-93, Harare. India Abroad News Service

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