Tail-ender Abul Hasan enjoyed a dream debut on Wednesday, welcoming an unbeaten century amid a wealth of records on day one of the series finale against the West Indies at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna.
Only the second number 10 batsman to score a century in his first Test, after Australia's Reggie Duff against England all of 110 years ago, the cavalier Hasan finished on 100 not out in an impressive total of 365 for eight.
The cavalier left-hander's feat saw Bangladesh amass their most runs in a single day too, beating the 355 they managed against the Aussies in 2006 by 10 runs. Hasan, ironically picked ahead of seamer Shahadat Hossain for his sharp medium-pace, laced 13 fours and three handsome sixes across his 108-delivery vigil.
The aggressor during an unbroken 172-run alliance alongside vice-captain Mohammad Mahmudullah, the 20-year-old will be eager to have their partnership reach 200 and beyond come Thursday, and thus surpass the 195 South African pair Mark Boucher and Pat Symcox orchestrated against Pakistan in 1998.
The hosts will be entirely grateful to their new cap's ton and Mahmudullah's 72 not out, after slinking to 98 for five - and later 193 for seven - prior to a fightback of uncharacteristic, prolific proportions.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim's decision to bat first on a pitch hosting its first Test match, and the recipient of plenty of runs at first-class level this month, was arguably the correct one.
The left-handed Tamim Iqbal, though, failed to convert a good start in falling for 32 - and fellow opener Mohammad Nazimuddin didn't justify his selection ahead of the rejected Junaid Siddique en route to a mere four.
Shahriar Nafees continued his shaky stretch of form at number three and Naeem Islam didn't come close to replicating his three-figure heroics in the first Test. Former captain Shakib Al Hasan, endured a rare low score - and Rahim followed in Iqbal's errant footsteps by perishing after a promising start. Nasir Hossain, for his second half-century of the series, seemed set for more - until a petulant piece of impatience had him hole out at mid-on.
Fast bowler Fidel Edwards proved the pick of the Windies attack, repaying the selectors' faith with figures of five for 81 after replacing fellow right-armer Ravi Rampaul in the XI. Sunil Narine, though, was off colour throughout - and not even a spell with the new ball could save the spinner's dour day, which had him wicketless and expensive across 19 substandard overs.