Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Chittagong, 1st day October 21, 2011

Bangladesh batsmen build strong platform

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Bangladesh 255 for 4 (Mushfiqur 68*, Tamim 52) v West Indies
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A solid performance from Bangladesh's batsmen on a placid track marked the start of the Test series in Chittagong, leaving the bowlers potentially facing more days of hard work. The morning was slightly overcast but the sun didn't take long to break through the clouds, confining whatever assistance was available for the bowlers to the first hour of the day. Deciding to bat without hesitation, Bangladesh, led by half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal, built a platform for a formidable first-innings score but suffered a few jolts along the way, some self-inflicted.

The lack of assistance from the pitch meant Darren Sammy had to shuffle his bowlers, get them to bowl from different angles, change ends and rely heavily on variations. The attacking instinct of a couple of well-set Bangladesh batsmen helped West Indies break through but they didn't do themselves much good by employing defensive fields for far too long immediately after lunch and tea. The spread-out fields enabled the hosts, Mushfiqur and Raqibul Hasan especially, to rotate the strike comfortably - 136 runs came in singles (102) and twos, more than half the score.

Once the sun was out, the swing didn't last long, and movement off the pitch was limited. Tamim's solidity was an obstacle for the West Indies bowlers at one end but Imrul Kayes' occasional extravagance gave them a window of opportunity.

Kayes was beaten a couple of times while trying to drive on the up and his first boundary was an uppish chip over Darren Sammy's head. A change of angle from Rampaul gave West Indies their first breakthrough. He bowled from round the wicket, produced an outside edge from Kayes that went for four, followed by a failed drive. The next ball squared the batsman up, angled in and then nipped away just a hint to kiss the edge.

Shahriar Nafees settled in quickly with a couple of confident shots against Sammy followed by a lovely drive off Fidel Edwards. Nafees survived a close shout for lbw against Edwards, though a good part of the ball appeared to have pitched outside leg, before his stay was cut short by a bloody blow to the nose. Edwards slung down a bouncer from round the wicket that forced its way between the peak of the helmet and the grille, forcing Nafees to retire hurt.

Bishoo, who probed away in search of turn, doled out a few long-hops that Tamim duly dispatched through the off side. There were, however, some signs of encouragement for the spinners after lunch. The batsmen were unsettled by a few deliveries that kept low and experienced the odd moment of discomfort when the ball turned. West Indies made their next breach when Tamim attempted a slog-sweep against Marlon Samuels, and top-edged a catch to midwicket; a healthy dose of slow bowling with the fielders pushed back had allowed the pair to work singles and twos but a rush of blood cost the well-settled Tamim a century.

Raqibul looked assured during his stay, solid in defence and punishing the bad balls, and built a promising stand with Mushfiqur, who was his usual busy self, creating opportunities to score by using his feet, making room against straight deliveries, and running well between the wickets. Bishoo almost had Mushfiqur when he edged one that turned but was let down by Sammy, who failed to get down in time for a low chance at slip. Sammy made amends somewhat when he trapped Raqibul in front with a ball that nipped back in but Bangladesh were still in a strong position.

Despite the wickets, the momentum never swung West Indies' way due to the easy access to runs. Even Shakib Al Hasan's initial scratchiness was offset by Mushfiqur's fluency at the other end. He stepped out of his crease to loft Bishoo and Samuels when mid-on was brought in and employed the sweep, paddle and his favoured cut to ensure there were no extended periods of silence. Shakib grew in confidence, slapping Bishoo through the covers and pulling Sammy for consecutive fours. Having added 79 with Mushfiqur, Shakib then chased a wide delivery from Samuels to be caught behind with stumps in sight.

It wasn't until the 90th over that Sammy took the second new-ball, after Edwards' reverse-swing had been dealt with by Mushfiqur and Naeem Islam. The hosts lost more wickets than they should have in friendly conditions, but will back Mushfiqur to break the trend of well-set batsmen giving it away.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 24, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    look at the game now...no result possible...if BD scored 3.5-4 runs/over, it would have been interesting....but now, they can say that the first test is a draw and thus avoid the innings defeat like the India in Eng...lol

  • POSTED BY streetblader on | October 22, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    If BD win this match, they will create a record of being the only team to inflict Fluke wins and cause upsets in both the ODI's and the Test Match format of the game!! Notwithstanding the fact that WI is probably detoriated enough over the ages to match a team like BD!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Morning shows the day. Bangladesh Tigers. please Prove it correct. Don't allow the West Indies to get away from the possible defeat.

  • POSTED BY mhsagar on | October 22, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Lets hope for the best of Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Let us watch, this is 5 days game, our comments will not encourage or discourage the cricketers, There are many drama can take place, because this is Bangladeshi cricket team which does not represent my Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY bagh_mama on | October 22, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    @Meety: Exact opposite may happen also. It happened before in this ground. In the 5th day it may become impossible to get any wicket. I hope not.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Some fact : SL socred 197 at a RR 2.65 in their first innings in current test. PK did 511 @ 2.95 rate. PK was 278-2 at a RR of 2.65..... Guys really? BD doing that bad?

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | October 21, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Nafees is my favorite player. Can't wait to see his batting in day 2.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 21, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    @Praxis - I think this match will see scoring get harder. I wouldn't want to be batting last on this pitch. I think the WIndies will struggle to get 350, & any target over 200 will be tough batting last. So a Banga 2nd innings of 250 could shut the WIndies out from winning.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    The only hope is to stay in the crease after lunch and i believe if captain can score century then bangladesh will be in the driving seat. well done Tiger.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 24, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    look at the game now...no result possible...if BD scored 3.5-4 runs/over, it would have been interesting....but now, they can say that the first test is a draw and thus avoid the innings defeat like the India in Eng...lol

  • POSTED BY streetblader on | October 22, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    If BD win this match, they will create a record of being the only team to inflict Fluke wins and cause upsets in both the ODI's and the Test Match format of the game!! Notwithstanding the fact that WI is probably detoriated enough over the ages to match a team like BD!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Morning shows the day. Bangladesh Tigers. please Prove it correct. Don't allow the West Indies to get away from the possible defeat.

  • POSTED BY mhsagar on | October 22, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Lets hope for the best of Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Let us watch, this is 5 days game, our comments will not encourage or discourage the cricketers, There are many drama can take place, because this is Bangladeshi cricket team which does not represent my Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY bagh_mama on | October 22, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    @Meety: Exact opposite may happen also. It happened before in this ground. In the 5th day it may become impossible to get any wicket. I hope not.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Some fact : SL socred 197 at a RR 2.65 in their first innings in current test. PK did 511 @ 2.95 rate. PK was 278-2 at a RR of 2.65..... Guys really? BD doing that bad?

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | October 21, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Nafees is my favorite player. Can't wait to see his batting in day 2.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 21, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    @Praxis - I think this match will see scoring get harder. I wouldn't want to be batting last on this pitch. I think the WIndies will struggle to get 350, & any target over 200 will be tough batting last. So a Banga 2nd innings of 250 could shut the WIndies out from winning.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    The only hope is to stay in the crease after lunch and i believe if captain can score century then bangladesh will be in the driving seat. well done Tiger.

  • POSTED BY Technical-1 on | October 21, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    gottalovetheraindance: Amen to that.. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    I dont know why people dought about our status.Overall its a perfect start for BD n i thing West indes will be suffer so much

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    @NP_NY Please don't follow Bangladesh Cricket if its boring, no one is forcing u to c that

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Bat till lunch tomorrow, if possible till tea... We will get a healthy score of about 450+ that will be enough to put WI under pressure given that they'll have to bat on the 4th innings of the match against our spinners in a spinners heaven!

  • POSTED BY QTS_ on | October 21, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Shahriai Nafees able to bat tomorrow, according to http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=207469 . One West Indian capable of occupying the crease for exhaustively long periods in Chanderpaul. If Bangladesh cannot get him out early, it might cost dearly.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | October 21, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Boring. Why does Bangla even have test status still? I am sure this is going to be a draw or a WI win.

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | October 21, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    I really don't believe West Indies will loose this test match. Even if Bagladesh reach 400 runs. We are talking about 5 days of test cricket not one day of brilliance from one or two players. I see a steady West Indies fight back.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Bd should bat through till tea at least..then put pressure on WI...i dont think they have the ability to play some quality spin bowling on a track which will provide turn for them...

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    BD batsmen shud try and survive another day and bat out the 2nd day..doesnt matter wat they score..they shud make habit of batting 200 overs at least ..then they can at least draw the match..they shud not rush for WIN..players need to stay in crease for longer and score big scores..i wonder when wud BD batsman score 200 in a test match? another 5-10 years? hop not..

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | October 21, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    @Man007 : well..your comment made me laugh.Mate,this is Test cricket; not T20.Still have 4 more days to decide the winner.So you cant underestimate the batting of BD.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Nothing to be happy yet. They can loose all the wickets in 50 runs tomorrow morning, everything is possible with Bangladesh team. But I hope they will do at least 400. Ans also want to know the news of Shahriar, how s he now?

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Anything over 400 by Bangladesh in the first innings, WI will be in some deep trouble. Mind you, they'd have to bat in the 4th innings in this spinning track.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    We got to be very careful here both in building up the total and killing them at the death. Because, we lost one of the last test with India from a very good position.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    @ Man007: Do you really understand Test Cricket? Do you heard about "Pitch condition" before? Please before writing any comments just follow the match carefully.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | October 21, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Sammy has cost us well over 500 runs by dropping cathes in the slip cordon. How many runs will Rahim go on to make tomorrow? if the trend continues he will go on to score a century just like Kumar Sangakarra, Taufeeq Umar & Rahul Dravid did. How many runs has our inspiring captain made batting for the West Indies? 457 @ an incredible average of 16.32. On account of this alone he does not merit a place in the team much more playing as the skipper

  • POSTED BY Ashique129 on | October 21, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    I love the first sentence of Man007's comment. I would love our batsmen play out the second day (75-80 overs) the same boring way and score another 240+ runs. Then, give a scare to WI for the last 6-7 odd overs. Hopefully, it will be the WI's game to lose. The way the pitch is behaving, I don't think WI will find it hard to bat on the 2nd day against an attack that is not stronger than theirs. Therefore, our batsman should not only score, but occupy the crease for the whole day tomorrow. Hopefully, the 3rd-4th day conditions will work for our bowlers. One request: please convert your starts into 100s. 2 men lost the chances miserably in their 40s. Nafees, Naeem and Naseer - it's hanging out there for your picking. Finally, Mushfiq: please carry the bat :) May the almighty be with you all.

  • POSTED BY QTS_ on | October 21, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Will Shahriar Nafees be able to bat in the innings again?

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    @Man007 : ICC should take away Bangladesh's test status for plying slow, no ? I mean 2.8 run rate ... surely the slowest rate ever in test history ...

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    WICB continues to make mind-boggling decisions. Why was Ramdin not retained. He kept brilliantly and captained the side very well in the absence of Sammy during the ODIs

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    @Man007 : And when they played 4.00/over ( against Aus, IND) you would say BD never gets the test cricket.. If you knew the pitch and condition, 2.8 is a decent rate, especially when the 4th innings is bound to be on death tracks..

    Huge defeat? Bangladesh still has 5 wickets in hand and 250 runs lead, and even if they are bundled out in 300, the game is not finished before the 4th or 5th day.. if WI can survive the spin army of BD. Chances are, we are not looking for multiple innings defeat India just suffered from England..

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Bangladesh players get tired after scoring odd runs of thirty to fifty and opt for going out and back to pavilion for a good rest !!! T hey do not have the mentality to play long innings.Ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @ Man007 Do you know this is a test match, not a T20? Go and watch a T20, not a test match. How can you tell the result just after day 1 and against the team, who has been dominated the first day? So funny ! Well done BD and keep it up.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Marlon samuels have been awarded two test wickets - guess who were guilty - two major BD stars! They have contributed though. Well done so far..the new captain impressed all. Things to worry, with Shahriar Nafees out with an injury BD has only two rookie batsmen waiting in the dressing room for tomorrow. Good Luck!

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    BD innings is not hopeful at all to have even a draw in this test let alone win. They have scored just 255/4 in 90 overs. They have to score more than 500 in the first innings which seems to be impossible. The way which the senior most players (Shakib & Tamim) got out is unpleasant. I don't know when they will learn to stay longer in the crease. Very much disgusting.

  • POSTED BY Sbl on | October 21, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Make 500 and give time to bowlers...I think 500 in first innings is quite enough for pressurizing WI. Again I do not understand why Imrul Kayes in the test side. He has some achievements in One day but nothing in test.Waiting for a positive result.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    good that BD showing some character. I hope all cricket fan must support new test teams for keeping existance of cricket as a game. Hope to see Ireland is also palying test cricket and gradually develop the way Bangladesh is doing. Some odd fan may not like to see BD , Zim or even Ireland beacuse of their inability of understanding greater interest of this interesting game

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Why Sammy are in the WI Team. He is the worst Batsman,Baller and fielder in WI team, Everry Matches he missed coouple of catches ... Its real time for WI team Managment to think about their Captain.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Though Bangladesh team has played well on 1st day, I am concerned about how they pass in tomorrow morning session despite Nasir availability. Doing drawn is good enough if we think about overall performance of BD in test cricket. Last series win against WI kindle my hope to get one win. There is great chance to do this in only CTG because of packing WI in 61 runs in 3rd ODI. The captain needs to be persistent till end of the innings.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    So far good job. Bangladesh needs another 100+......it will be fighting score for this game. May Allah always with Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Rezwan1492 on | October 21, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    255 isnt bad at all... And I believe this was a great performance from the team... Tamim still needs a bit more patience, he should come up with centuries... Hope to see Shariar Nafees back in action tomorrow if wicket falls. Hoping Nasir will play a terrific innings and a century for Mushfiq. :)

  • POSTED BY FrenchCricketFan on | October 21, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    well done ban first day , but next day only one genuine batsman left with tailanders ... may not go well. They need nafees to come back .

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | October 21, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Bangladeshi batsmen need to score somewhere near 400 if they want to draw this match at least. I highly doubt that BD will post more than 250 in their next innings. Someone's got to score a century to help this cause, Tamim just wasted the chance, Shakib played a needless cut, but Mushy is batting very well now. After that, its down to Bangla spinners & WI batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    at the moment bd r good position mushfiq r looking good.he deserve his 2nd hundred he have chance 2 do this nd naeam have 2 play like 1st odi nd i believe naeem nd nasir they give good response in this test i want 2 see bd in 400+in this innings

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    i think west indies did a good job but we will miss playing shane.the bats we have are quite capable to handle the spinners of bd.there is no great spin on the ball or difficulty in reading their hand this is a basic spin team just plenty.good look boys !!!!

  • POSTED BY sumonmhr on | October 21, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    It is just half done.....tomorrow will be main test for BD how they will bat and give a defendable run for WI.....BD should cross the 500 run land marks becoz they have strong batting line up to the end.....

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 21, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    BD played a boring innings...just 2.8/over...seems like they played to finish the day! what a shame! but still they cannot avoid a big defeat here.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Hope both Nasir and Sunny do well with the bat tomorrow. They have their first chance in this form of cricket and should show everyone their character.

  • POSTED BY CricketLife.net on | October 21, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Bangladesh is a better team than West Indies at the moment and that too at home.

  • POSTED BY cricchic on | October 21, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Good to see Samuels...bowling making some impact...This game is too early to tell....Best of luck to both teams...

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    A Steady Day for them but another 50 runs and the day would have been a perfect for Bangladesh ... Hope you guys can score another 200 runs tomorrow before they come out to chase ... Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    great job tigers! just another bright first session, thats it, I don't think WI is capable enough to play our spins very well.

  • POSTED BY bagh_mama on | October 21, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    I hope our tail end do not forget to bat for Nasir tomorrow. A batsman debuting at 8th position. I cannot imagine the bad luck. I hope both him and Naeem gets chance to bat up the order at some point in their career. BD boys batted well, but again getting out after short innings. God knows whats in store for us when they will bat. Its a very flat wicket, batsmen should kill themselves for getting out cheaply (figuratively speaking), but ball is also turning. Finally, Mushfiq is the new superman (or Batman) in this squad. No one would have guessed how well he took the captains responsibility.

  • POSTED BY Kaderpcb on | October 21, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Really did well Bangladesh, Congratulation Bangladesh Team. specially Tamim you did well

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  • POSTED BY Kaderpcb on | October 21, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Really did well Bangladesh, Congratulation Bangladesh Team. specially Tamim you did well

  • POSTED BY bagh_mama on | October 21, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    I hope our tail end do not forget to bat for Nasir tomorrow. A batsman debuting at 8th position. I cannot imagine the bad luck. I hope both him and Naeem gets chance to bat up the order at some point in their career. BD boys batted well, but again getting out after short innings. God knows whats in store for us when they will bat. Its a very flat wicket, batsmen should kill themselves for getting out cheaply (figuratively speaking), but ball is also turning. Finally, Mushfiq is the new superman (or Batman) in this squad. No one would have guessed how well he took the captains responsibility.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    great job tigers! just another bright first session, thats it, I don't think WI is capable enough to play our spins very well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    A Steady Day for them but another 50 runs and the day would have been a perfect for Bangladesh ... Hope you guys can score another 200 runs tomorrow before they come out to chase ... Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY cricchic on | October 21, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Good to see Samuels...bowling making some impact...This game is too early to tell....Best of luck to both teams...

  • POSTED BY CricketLife.net on | October 21, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Bangladesh is a better team than West Indies at the moment and that too at home.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Hope both Nasir and Sunny do well with the bat tomorrow. They have their first chance in this form of cricket and should show everyone their character.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 21, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    BD played a boring innings...just 2.8/over...seems like they played to finish the day! what a shame! but still they cannot avoid a big defeat here.

  • POSTED BY sumonmhr on | October 21, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    It is just half done.....tomorrow will be main test for BD how they will bat and give a defendable run for WI.....BD should cross the 500 run land marks becoz they have strong batting line up to the end.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    i think west indies did a good job but we will miss playing shane.the bats we have are quite capable to handle the spinners of bd.there is no great spin on the ball or difficulty in reading their hand this is a basic spin team just plenty.good look boys !!!!