West Indies heading towards clean sweep – 2nd Test vs. Bangladesh

Bangladesh 1st innings 387 (Abul Hasan 113, Mahmudullah 76, Fidel Edwards 6-90) 2nd innings 6-226 (Shakib Al Hasan 97, Nasir Hossain 64, Tino Best 3-26) trail West Indies 1st innings 9-648 declared (Marlon Samuels 260, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 150*, Darren Bravo, 127, Shakib Al Hasan 4-151) by 35 runs.

West Indies were cruising towards the consecutive win vs. Bangladesh besides the defiant knocks by the middle order batsmen, Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain.

Shakib Al Hasan - Missed another Test ton by just three runs
Shakib Al Hasan – Missed another Test ton by just three runs

Bangladesh was bowled out for 387 runs in their first innings and they managed 226 runs for the loss of six wickets in the second. West Indies amassed 648 runs with one wicket in hand when Darren Sammy declared the first innings.

The fourth day’s play completed on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna.

Earlier, the Windies embarked the fourth day at 4-564 in 172 overs, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin were in the centre with unbeaten 109 and 4 runs accordingly. The batsmen started off at a reasonable pace and sixth hundred of the innings illuminated on board 14 overs later. The pair wriggled to 621 in 193 overs when Ramdin was caught behind by the wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim off Shakib Al Hasan for 31 runs.

Darren Sammy went out cheaply without opening his innings three balls later and Veerasammy Permaul provided some support to Chanderpaul. Permaul became the next victim for 13 after the addition of 18 runs in the total. Chanderpaul achieved his 150 on the first ball of the 201st over, that was his successive 150 plus score in the series and he has thrashed it five times in the Tests for the Caribbeans. Fidel Edwards was the 9th batsman who went back to the dressing room as Sammy declared the first innings at 648 in 200.3 overs after securing a first innings lead of 261 runs.

Shakib Al Hasan was the most successful bowler with four wickets and he became the highest wicket taker for Bangladesh with 102 scalps. Mohammad Rafique is the only other bowler of the Bengal Tigers who has taken 100 Test wickets at an average of 40.76 with the best of 6-77 in an innings and 9-160 in a match. Sohag Gazi held three and Rubel Hossain claimed two wickets in the Windies innings.

Bangaldesh had a dreadful start of their second innings when Nazimuddin was declared leg before wicket off Fidel Edwards without opening his account on the third ball of the first over. Shahriar Nafees joined in with Tamim Iqbal and they added 13 runs in the third over with 3 fours. The two batsmen kept the score board alive and added another 18 runs in the 6th and 7th over with 4 fours and rushed to 49 after eight overs.

Tino Best was introduced by Sammy in the 9th over and Tamim Iqbal was clean bowled on the first ball for 28 runs. The next batsman Naeem Islam faced the same fate three balls later for just two runs and Shahriar Nafees was caught in the slips by Darren Sammy off Best for 21 as the Bengal Tigers were reeling at 4-62 in 12.4 overs. One of the best all-rounders of the world, Shakib Al Hsan, and the captain Mushfiqur Rahim got together in the centre but the latter departed as the total touched 82 at his personal contribution of just 10 runs.

Another young gun of Bangladesh, Nasir Hossain, got together with Shakib Al Hasan and they stopped the invasion of the Windies bowling. They found it hard to score the runs freely but most importantly held their wickets. The boundaries were witnessed by the willows of the two batsmen after the 23rd over as Nasir Hossain got 2 fours in the 29th over. Shakib Al Hasan dispatched his 11th Test fifty on the fourth ball of the 36th over and the150 of the innings appeared on board in the next over.

The duo gained a lot of confidence and the score board was moving briskly as Shakib Al Hasan punished Sunil Narine for 14 runs in the 49th over with 1 six and 2 fours. Nasir Hossain picked his 4th Test fifty in the next over and the second hundred of the innings was also displayed on board. Shakib Al Hasan was going great guns when he was gone for 97 on the first ball of the 57th over scored off 117 deliveries with 1 six and 10 fours. That was the fourth incident when he was dismissed in his nineties as he managed 96 runs thrice before this innings in the longer version of the game.

Nasir Hossain remained unbeaten for 64 off 133 with 8 fours as Bangladesh cruised to 226 in 56.1 overs with four wickets in hand.

Tino Best was the supreme bowler with three wickets, Veerasammy Permaul got two and Fidel Edwards held one wicket.

Bangladesh still trails by 35 runs with just four wickets remaining in their second innings. They require a couple of miraculous innings by their batsmen that can save them from another defeat.


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