West Indies Move Into Strong Position Against Bangladesh

West Indies Move Into Strong Position Against Bangladesh
West Indies Move Into Strong Position Against Bangladesh
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West Indies 361-4 (Chanderpaul 123no) v
First Test, Mirpur, Day One

West Indies bounced back from an average first session to take complete control on the first day of their Test series against Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Sohag Gazi took three wickets on debut, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kieran Powell both hit hundreds in the afternoon.

Off-spinner Gazi had been a surprise pick for Bangladesh ahead of left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, and captain Mushfiqur Rahim was soon left questioning the wisdom of his selection when Chris Gayle dispatched the first ball of the match, bowled by Gazi, for six.

This was the first time that the first ball of a Test had ever been despatched for a maximu; however, the 21 year-old soon had his revenge when Gayle chipped him into the hands of Mahmudullah at long-off to give him his maiden wicket.

Gazi had another less than an hour later when Darren Bravo edged one to Rubel Hossain at point. He also caught the in-form Marlon Samuels off the bowling of Shahadat Hossain on the stroke of lunch to make it 106 for three and complete a dream debut session in Test cricket.

Unfortunately that first session was about as good as it got for Bangladesh and Gazi as Kieran Powell and Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted throughout the vast majority of the afternoon session and put on 125 for the fourth-wicket.

Powell timed the ball elegantly and completed his second Test ton, while Chanderpaul was his typical determined and immovable self. Both men scored at a good rate and capitalised on some, at times, over-pitched seam bowling from Shahadat and Rubel Hossain.

Powell reached three figures after just 166 balls before departing shortly before tea, again to Gazi, for 117. Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin then batted for the entire evening session to ensure that the hosts were not allowed back into the match by a couple of late careless shots.

Chanderpaul ended undefeated with 123, with Ramdin on 52. The pair had added 130 for the fifth-wicket by the time stumps were pulled and should tomorrow be able to lead West Indies to a total in excess of 500, from which there will be no return for Bangladesh.

© Cricket World 2012

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