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Openers Leon Johnson (left) and Kraigg Brathwaite both scored half-centuries
Openers Leon Johnson (left) and Kraigg Brathwaite both scored half-centuries
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Leon Johnson is given his Test cap by Clive Lloyd
Leon Johnson is given his Test cap by Clive Lloyd
©WICB Media / Randy Brooks

West Indies 246-3 (Johnson 66) v Bangladesh
Second Test, Saint Lucia, day one

Openers Leon Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite scored half-centuries as the West Indies reached stumps on day one of the second and final Test against Bangadesh in Saint Lucia on 246 for three.

Playing their 500th Test, the West Indies were invited to bat first by Bangladesh.

Johnson, on debut, made 66 in 162 balls and Brathwaite made 63 in 150 balls during a 143-run stand for the first wicket.

They reached lunch on 61 without loss, the honours were shared in the middle session which ended with the West Indies on 153 for two and the home side pushed on after tea to close in a strong position.

Already 1-0 up in the series after a 10-wicket win in Saint Vincent, they will start day two with Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease.

They made just one change to their side as Johnson came in to replace Chris Gayle at the top of the order while Bangladesh brought in Anamul Haque, Robiul Islam and Shafiul Islam to replace Imrul Kayes, Rubel Hossain and Shuvagata Hom.

Despite changing their bowling attack, there was to be no breakthrough in the morning session as Johnson settled into the pace of Test cricket and Brathwaite, who scored a double-century in the opening Test, was untroubled.

After both had reached half-centuries, Bangladesh broke through when a lapse in concentration saw Brathwaite guide Shafiul to Taijul Islam at point.

Three overs later, Johnson was trapped in front by Taijul and just before Kirk Edwards was dropped by Taijul on five.

However, he would go on to make just 16 before Mahmudullah had him caught by Shamsur Rahman at cover.

Bangladesh were, however, unable to build on that wicket, thwarted by left-handers Bravo and Chanderpaul, the former making 44 in 96 balls and the latter 34 in 84 balls.

Shafiul finished the day with figures of one for 37, Taijul one for 79 and Mahmudullah one for 25 while Al-Amin Hossain, Robiul and Nasir Hossain all went wicketless.

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