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Bangladesh Show Fighting Qualities

Mushfiqur Rahim struck an unbeaten 70 as Bangladesh batted through day four
Mushfiqur Rahim struck an unbeaten 70 as Bangladesh batted through day four
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West Indies 484-7 dec. (Brathwaite 212) v
Bangladesh 182 & 256-5 (M Rahim 70no)
First Test, Saint Vincent, day four

After being asked to follow on against the West Indies, Bangladesh batted through day four of the first Test in Saint Vincent to close on 256 for five.

Having racked up 484 for seven declared and then bowled Bangladesh out for 182 on day three, the West Indies made the obvious decision to ask the tourists to bat again.

Starting 302 runs adrift, Bangladesh overcame a shaky start to produce a much improved batting performances, led by captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

He struck 70 not out while he and Mahmudullah (66) put on 130 together for the fourth wicket to frustrate the home side.

Before that, they had started poorly and appeared to be sliding towards a heavy defeat when Shamsur Rahman (4), Imrul Kayes (25) and Mominul Haque (12) were unable to stick around.

Rahman was caught behind off Kemar Roach, Kayes put on 70 with Tamim Iqbal before he was caught by Kirk Edwards off Chris Gayle and Mominul was caught by Denesh Ramdin off Sulieman Benn.

Tamim hit a patient 53 in 107 balls but his dismissal, when he cut Benn onto his stumps, came just three runs after Mominul had fallen and left Bangladesh under pressure.

Mahmudullah then joined forces with Rahim and the pair fought back to take Bangladesh to tea at 184 for four, Mahmudullah reaching his seventh Test half-century.

He had a huge reprieve when Edwards dropped a simple chance when he was on 53 but he could only add 13 more before falling for 66 in 151 balls, caught by Ramdin off Roach.

Rahim continued to stand firm, however, playing an admirable captain's knock, and he navigating his way to stumps unbeaten on 70 in 193 balls.

Alongside him at the close was Nasir Hossain, who had hit seven in 32 balls as Bangladesh batted through to close 46 runs behind.

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