Bangladesh And West Indies Draw Test Opener
Bangladesh 350-9 dec. & 119-3 dec. drew with
West Indies 244 (Elias Sunny 6-94) & 100-2
First Test, Chittagong
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Bangladesh and the West Indies drew the rain-affected opening Test in Chittagong but only after a declaration from the home side livened up the final session.
They declared their second innings on 119 for three to leave the West Indies a target of 226 in 37 overs but after Lendl Simmons was dismissed for 44, the West Indies ended their charge, eventually closing on 100 for two.
Elias Sunny was named as the man of the match after taking two further wickets in the West Indian second innings to return six for 94 and mark a stunning debut, removing Marlon Samuels for 24 and Carlton Baugh for 30 on the final morning.
Shakib Al Hasan then picked up three for 53 with the wickets of Darren Sammy, who carved 58 in just 43 deliveries, Ravi Rampaul (8) and Devendra Bishoo (0).
Bishoo was unavailable to bowl for the tourists due to an injury picked up playing football and it was left to Sammy, Samuels and Rampaul to take a wicket apiece in Bangladesh's second innings.
After Shahriar Nafees (50) reached a sixth Test half-century, Bangladesh made the declaration at tea to set up an interesting final period of play.
Sunny grabbed his seventh wicket of the match when he removed Kraigg Brathwaite without scoring from the fourth ball of the innings when the opener was trapped in front.
Simmons then made 44 in 49 balls and Kirk Edwards an unbeaten 28 as the West Indies counter-attacked but when Simmons, who had hit five fours and a six, was caught by Rubel Hossain off Shakib, was dismissed, the draw became the only possible option.
The teams shook hands with Darren Bravo unbeaten on 24.
The second Test gets underway on 29th October in Dhaka and both teams will be hoping for better weather than the conditions that saw both days two and three completely washed out in this match.
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