Shivnarine Chanderpaul leads West Indies to command – 1st Test vs. Bangladesh

Bangladesh  3-164 (Tamim Iqbal 72, Shahriar Nafees 31, Ravi Rampaul 2-49) trail West Indies 4-527 declared (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 203*, Denesh Ramdin 126*, Kieran Powell 117, Sohag Ghazi 3-145) by 363 runs.

An unbeaten fifth wicket stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin put West Indies in a strong position at the end of the second day’s play.

West Indies hammered 527 runs in 144 overs for the loss of just four wickets when their innings was declared and Bangladesh managed 164 runs with seven wickets in hand after consuming 36 overs.

The second day’s play of the first Test concluded on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin - Majestic tons
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin – Majestic tons

Earlier, West Indies started the day at 4-361 in 90 overs, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin were at the crease with 123 and 52 respectively. The latter initiated the attack with a couple of fours in the second over as Chanderpaul kept on creeping at the other end and the fourth hundred of the innings was attained in the 101st over. The run rate was kept under check by the Bangladeshi bowlers and the batsmen got just two fours in the next nine overs.

Mushfiqur Rahim, the skipper of the Bengal Tigers, utilized eight bowlers to break the partnership but the batsmen did not provide any chance to them. Denesh Ramdin smashed his third Test ton on the fourth ball of the 131st over. He hit 10 runs in the 139th over with 1 six and I four and 500 runs appeared on the board as well. Shivnarine Chanderpaul thrashed his second double hundred in the 143rd over and the captain of West Indies, Darren Sammy, declared the innings at 4-527. Shivnarine Chanderpaul secured his end with 203 off 372 balls with 22 fours and Denesh Ramdin was at the other side at 126 from 236 deliveries comprising 1 six and 11 fours.

Sohag Gazi was the highest wicket taker with three and Shahadat Hossain claimed one wicket whereas no other bowler was able to impress.

Bangladesh lost their first wicket at 25 when Junaid Siddique was gone for just seven runs as Shahriar Nafees joined with Tamim Iqbal. The latter dispatched 4 fours in the sixth over bowled by Tino Best and Shahriar Nafees followed him with 2 fours in the next over off Ravi Rampaul. The duo added 13 runs in the 10th over with 3 fours and the boundaries were flowing from the willows of the two batsmen.

The score was enhanced to 88 in 12.4 mere overs when Shahriar Nafees was caught behind by Ramdin off Rampaul for 31 off just 27 balls with 7 fours. Naeem Islam came in next as Tamim Iqbal hit his 11th Test fifty accompanied by 2 sixes in the 14th over. The home team was batting in the One Day International mode with aggressive batting and the third wicket partnership added 31 runs. Tamim Iqbal was caught by Sunil Narine at mid-on off Darren Sammy for 72 scored from 71 balls with 2 sixes and 10 fours.

Naeem Islam and Shakib Al Hasan took the score to 164 in 36 overs when the second day’s play came to an end and both batsmen were unbeaten for 27 and 16 accordingly.

Ravi Rampaul held two wickets and Darren Sammy claimed one out of the six bowlers used in the innings.

Bangladesh requires another 164 runs to avoid the follow on and they will be in trouble falling short of that target as West Indies are in a driving seat at the moment.


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