Mushfiqur Leads As Bangladesh Make Good Start

Mushfiqur Leads As Bangladesh Make Good Start
Mushfiqur Leads As Bangladesh Make Good Start
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Bangladesh 255-4 (Mushfiqur Rahim 68no) v West Indies
First Test, Chittagong, day one

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim led by example as his side closed the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies on 255 for four in Chittagong.

Rahim was unbeaten on 68 at stumps as Bangladesh made steady progress on a slow pitch while Tamim Iqbal, who scored a patient 52, also scored a half-century.

Tamim faced 141 balls, applying himself to overcome the dismissal of Imrul Kayes (10), with whom he put on 58 for the first wicket.

Bangladesh were then dealt a blow when Shahriar Nafees, who had come in and hit four fours to race to 21 in 18 balls, was forced to retire hurt after being hit by a Fidel Edwards bouncer.

Tamim and Raqibul Hasan took the score to 110 before Iqbal fell, caught by Kraigg Brathwaite off Marlon Samuels, whose off-spin proved to be the West Indies' most effective weapon; the Jamaican returning two for 67.

Raqibul was then trapped in front by Darren Sammy before a 79-run partnership between Mushfiqur and Shakib Al Hasan (40) kept up Bangladesh's strong showing.

Shakib fell shortly before the close when he was caught by wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh off Samuels but Mushfiqur stood firm, hitting five fours in a workmanlike effort that spanned 144 deliveries.

Naeem Islam was unbeaten alongside him on eight.

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