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West Indies Build Huge Lead Over Bangladesh

The West Indies celebrate the wicket of Shafiul Islam
The West Indies celebrate the wicket of Shafiul Islam
©WICB Media / Randy Brooks
Mahmudullah's half-century briefly held up the home side
Mahmudullah's half-century briefly held up the home side
©WICB Media / Randy Brooks

West Indies 380 & 208-4 (Chanderpaul 63no) v
Bangladesh 161 (Roach 5-42)
Second Test, Saint Lucia, day three

The West Indies closed day three of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Saint Lucia 427 runs ahead after deciding against enforcing the follow-on.

That option was open to them after they dismissed Bangladesh for 161 in reply to their first innings of 380, Kemar Roach finishing with figures of five for 42.

But after Mahmudullah's 53 had shown signs of fight from the tourists, the home side decided to bat again.

They then reached 208 for four at stumps after Shivnarine Chanderpaul reached his 66th Test half-century.

Bangladesh resumed on 104 for seven but Mahmudullah, who faced 100 balls, and Shafiul Islam, whose 10 occupied 50 balls, frustrated the West Indies in the morning session.

They had extended the score to 134 when Shafiul was caught by Denesh Ramdin off Shannon Gabriel (1-49) and another 20 runs were added before Mahmudullah was caught by Ramdin as he tried to cut Sulieman Benn.

Any slim hopes of Bangladesh avoiding the follow-on target - not that it mattered, in the end, given Ramdin's decision to bat again - disappeared when Robiul Islam was trapped in front by Benn for a 21-ball duck, leaving Al-Amin Hossain not out on seven.

Left-arm spinner Benn finished on two for 19 with pacer Jerome Taylor (2-41) the other wicket-taker for the home side.

They then reached lunch at 12 without loss and openers Kraigg Brathwaite (45 in 112 balls) and Leon Johnson (41 in 59) made steady progress, compiling a 76-run stand for the first wicket.

Johnson was bowled by a quicker delivery from spinner Taijul Islam before Kirk Edwards' miserable series continued when he was sharply caught by Shamsur Rahman at gully off Shafiul for two; Edwards has now scored 38 runs in five innings against Bangladesh in the ODIs and Tests combined.

Darren Bravo was bowled by Mahmudullah for seven - dragging the ball onto his stumps - and when Brathwaite departed, caught by Rahman at slip for Mahmudullah's second wicket, the West Indies had stumbled from 76 without loss to 100 for four.

However, a steadying hand was supplied by Chanderpaul, who stood firm to make 63 not out in 98 balls alongside Jermaine Blackwood, not out on 43 in 96.

Shortly before stumps the pair brought up a century partnership for the fifth wicket, one which means that when they bat again, Bangladesh will have to score more runs to win a game in the fourth innings of a Test match than has ever been achieved before.

Mahmudullah ended the day with figures of two for 37, Taijul one for 76 and Shafiul one for 21.

The West Indies lead the series 1-0 after a 10-wicket win in Saint Vincent.

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