West Indies Fight Back Through Samuels And Bravo

West Indies Fight Back Through Samuels And Bravo
West Indies Fight Back Through Samuels And Bravo
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Bangladesh 387 (Hasan 113, Edwards 6-90) v
West Indies 241-2 (Samuels 109no)
Second Test, Khulna, Day Two
Scorecard | Day One
Report by Daniel Grummitt
More: Patience Required - Sammy

Bangladesh’s hopes of a Abul Hasan-inspired series-levelling victory were severely dented on day two in Khulna as Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels batted throughout the afternoon and evening sessions to trim the home side’s lead to just 146.

Both men ended unbeaten - Samuels on 109, his fifth Test century, and Bravo on 85 - as West Indies reached stumps on 241 for two. 

Earlier, Bangladesh hadn’t added many to their overnight score, with Mahmudullah boosting his by just four prior to drilling a ball back at Darren Sammy, who held on at the second attempt.

Abul Hasan did stay at the crease long enough to break the record for the highest score by an number 10 on Test debut, but he handed Fidel Edwards his sixth wicket of the innings when he fended a short ball into the slip cordon soon afterwards.

And so, with Bangladesh dismissed for 387, West Indies’ opening pair of Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell strode out to begin their side’s reply. They found the going easy at first, although Gayle wasn’t tempted by Sohag Gazi’s flighty offerings with a long-off posted and was clearly in the mood for a big score on what was a slow, flat pitch.

Powell was first to go, two balls after being hit on the head by a bouncer from Bangladesh’s quickest bowler, Rubel Hossain, as he swatted another short delivery to Shakib Al Hasan on the square-leg boundary. Gayle followed three overs later, under-edging a sweep from Gazi, and suddenly there was a discernible spring in the home side’s step.

However, that wasn’t to last as lunch, tea, the new ball and close of play all came and went without a wicket as Bravo and Samuels, who bet365 make 4/7 to to score in this innings, set about the task ahead of them with admirable resolve. They both declined to take risks during their third-wicket stand, which would be worth 198 by stumps, and scored at around three an over throughout.

Bangladesh‘s bowlers maintained good lines for much of the day and the West Indies batsmen had to endure two significant boundary droughts of more than 10 overs each. Rubel Hossain and Abul Hasan did find a little reverse swing as the ball aged, but Samuels, and especially Bravo were rarely troubled.

Two overs were bowled with the second new ball before the close, both by spinners, but a boundary was hit off each to ensure that West Indies ended day two the happier of the two sides.

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