Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day October 24, 2011

Debutant Sunny lights up Bangladesh's day

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West Indies 144 for 5 (Chanderpaul 49, Brathwaite 33, Sunny 4-56) trail Bangladesh 350 for 9 decl (Mushfiqur 68, Tamim 52, Bishoo 3-81) by 206 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

As the sun shone after two washed-out days, the debutant left-arm spinner Elias Sunny injected some excitement into an encounter heading for only one result. He came into action after Bangladesh declared, and picked up four wickets on a pitch that's has become highly spin-friendly but the time already lost to rain meant there won't be much to play for barring momentum for the next Test and individual accolades.

The pitch didn't appear to have been affected much by the rain. There was limited movement but some extra bounce for the seamers; the spinners, however, got more assistance from the track than on the first day and the sharp turn was exploited by Sunny and Devendra Bishoo. The Bangladesh batsmen didn't help their cause with some rash strokes while their counterparts were quite scratchy, struggling against the turn and bite. The hosts kept chipping away, even dislodging Shivnarine Chanderpaul just short of a pressure-relieving, fluent half-century, in a contest they'd had the better of.

Sunny would have felt like a victim of some malicious conspiracy when he had two catches dropped off his bowling inside his first three overs. He is slower than his team-mate Shakib Al Hasan and gives the ball a lot more air, and was threatening when he came round the wicket, angling the ball in and getting it to spit away from a good length. He finally had his man, an unconvincing Kirk Edwards, who missed a sweep and was trapped in front, sparking wild celebrations from the debutant.

Sunny, Shakib and Nasir Hossan, the other debutant spinner, were impressive bowling with close-in catchers. They often surprised the batsmen with the extra bounce, either catching the glove or a leading edge, and were unfortunate that neither short leg, silly point nor backward short leg were able to get their hands around those half-chances. But they continued creating opportunities and Sunny stood out. He saw off Darren Bravo, who stabbed at a delivery that landed in the rough to be caught at short leg.

Chanderpaul, seeking to revive West Indies from 52 for 3, put on his more attacking side. A master of unsettling the bowling, whether defending or attacking, he infused life and urgency. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite blocked one end, nervy on occasion - Rubel Hossain bowled him off a no-ball - but mostly solid, while Chanderpaul eased the pressure at the other. He thrashed his first ball, off Sunny, over square leg, picked the gaps for twos and threes and stepped out to Sunny twice in an over to launch him over the long-on boundary.

The pair added 62 for the fourth wicket before Brathwaite poked at a turner from Sunny to offer a bat-pad catch. The innings was rebuilding again with the experienced Samuels at the crease but he lost Chanderpaul, given out caught at slip though replays couldn't conclusively show an inside edge. Sunny had had the last laugh.

The West Indies batting undermined their efforts in the morning session, when Bishoo and Fidel Edwards shared five wickets to peg back the hosts. Despite those wickets, however, West Indies, as on the first day, offered a healthy dose of short-pitched deliveries that handed out some easy runs. The stand-out batsman in the morning was Nasir, who gave the crowd plenty to cheer about with his sprightly batting, which has already earned him two ODI half-centuries. He was especially ruthless against the bad balls, slashing and pulling the seamers and dispatching Bishoo for two fours in a cameo of 35. Joining him to walk away with praise at the end of the day was his fellow debutant.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY mhsagar on | October 25, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Now Bangladesh is lead by 110 runs with 10 wickets remaining... Good sign for Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 25, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    BD can draw this test at least ...ha ha ha...that was what they were looking while batting...BD yet to learn how to win matches...even without Gyle, WI can fight back...

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | October 25, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    If someone could just hypnotise Simmons into thinking that Test matches are ODIs, we'd be OK. I do not know what his problem is with batting in Tests. The man has so much talent.

  • POSTED BY on | October 25, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Bangladesh did great bowling! Even WI best team will destroy by Bangladesh bowling(including Gayle,Sarwaan,bravo)

  • POSTED BY ostad on | October 25, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    tigers have done well.WI middle order and tail are fragile.I am expecting 20 overs and all out this morning.For 3 day test 'follow on' should be at minimum 150 runs trailing.

  • POSTED BY on | October 25, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    WEll WElll.....This is where WI cricket is and will b TALK TALK......Selectors and Coach only push their favorite players to play......If Samuels did't turn down a world cup call...... Denvendra Bishoo would have never made the WI team.....FACTS and SELFiSHNESS.

  • POSTED BY on | October 25, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    wheres gayle and sars....dont like the way WI are headed. Pity coach and manager dont see different. Rebuilding takes time and you require the right balance of experience, discipline, talent and zeal. This is too depressing...im about to give up being a fan of WI

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 24, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    I will repeat,Simmons IS NOT a test opener !By now management should have already groomed him as the keeper,and placie him down the order in the test matches.Darren Bravo appears to be a' fluke'.He should have been sent to the HPC,and allow Carl Hooper to show him how to catch and field.He should also have a talk with Gary Sobers on how to score runs.@delboy ! why is Ramdin not on the team ?thought he was the ONLY player to take over if Sammy is on the bench ! It makes no sense putting Brathwaite in the middle.Any body who knows him will say the same thing.To Kirk Edwards.....you are not a' shotster' !play within your limitations....your critics are just around the corner ,watching and waiting to see you fail.With the available players in Bangladesh, the best XI would have to be (1)Edwards (2) Brathwaite,(3)Samuels (4) Bravo (5) Chanders (6) Simmons,keeper (7)Sammy (8) Roach (9)Rampaul (10) F.Edwards (11) Bishoo.

  • POSTED BY gangus on | October 24, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I am wondering if my tv was showing a different game to everyone elses. Bangladesh got the best possible batting session out of that spin favored, happy hunting ground, which historically has produced very low scores. Failing to invest proper drainage thereby losing two days crickets changed the objective of the game completely on the fourth day. Bangladesh tried to rack up a good total in as quick a time as possible, losing there remaining six wickets just around 90 runs. In the spirit of positive cricket in a limited time span West Indies first tried to quickly overhaul the first innings target in order to get another crack at Bangladesh on the fast crumbling track but lost early wickets, shifting their objective to saving the follow on. The horrible decision of well set Chanderpaul did not help. The transpiration of the two days play is a story about luck of circumstances and it is absolutely no indication of a rise in Bangladesh test cricket. A fortuitous start to Sunny's career

  • POSTED BY bagh_mama on | October 24, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I do not think in Dhaka spinners will get this much turn. This Chittagong wicket suits Bangladesh way more than Dhaka, more so recently. Congratulations to Elias Sunny. I was really impressed. We have two wicket taking bowlers now. Even if no result is possible in this test, I hope Bangladesh gains enough momentum to carry over in Dhaka test.

  • POSTED BY mhsagar on | October 25, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Now Bangladesh is lead by 110 runs with 10 wickets remaining... Good sign for Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 25, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    BD can draw this test at least ...ha ha ha...that was what they were looking while batting...BD yet to learn how to win matches...even without Gyle, WI can fight back...

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | October 25, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    If someone could just hypnotise Simmons into thinking that Test matches are ODIs, we'd be OK. I do not know what his problem is with batting in Tests. The man has so much talent.

  • POSTED BY on | October 25, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Bangladesh did great bowling! Even WI best team will destroy by Bangladesh bowling(including Gayle,Sarwaan,bravo)

  • POSTED BY ostad on | October 25, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    tigers have done well.WI middle order and tail are fragile.I am expecting 20 overs and all out this morning.For 3 day test 'follow on' should be at minimum 150 runs trailing.

  • POSTED BY on | October 25, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    WEll WElll.....This is where WI cricket is and will b TALK TALK......Selectors and Coach only push their favorite players to play......If Samuels did't turn down a world cup call...... Denvendra Bishoo would have never made the WI team.....FACTS and SELFiSHNESS.

  • POSTED BY on | October 25, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    wheres gayle and sars....dont like the way WI are headed. Pity coach and manager dont see different. Rebuilding takes time and you require the right balance of experience, discipline, talent and zeal. This is too depressing...im about to give up being a fan of WI

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 24, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    I will repeat,Simmons IS NOT a test opener !By now management should have already groomed him as the keeper,and placie him down the order in the test matches.Darren Bravo appears to be a' fluke'.He should have been sent to the HPC,and allow Carl Hooper to show him how to catch and field.He should also have a talk with Gary Sobers on how to score runs.@delboy ! why is Ramdin not on the team ?thought he was the ONLY player to take over if Sammy is on the bench ! It makes no sense putting Brathwaite in the middle.Any body who knows him will say the same thing.To Kirk Edwards.....you are not a' shotster' !play within your limitations....your critics are just around the corner ,watching and waiting to see you fail.With the available players in Bangladesh, the best XI would have to be (1)Edwards (2) Brathwaite,(3)Samuels (4) Bravo (5) Chanders (6) Simmons,keeper (7)Sammy (8) Roach (9)Rampaul (10) F.Edwards (11) Bishoo.

  • POSTED BY gangus on | October 24, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I am wondering if my tv was showing a different game to everyone elses. Bangladesh got the best possible batting session out of that spin favored, happy hunting ground, which historically has produced very low scores. Failing to invest proper drainage thereby losing two days crickets changed the objective of the game completely on the fourth day. Bangladesh tried to rack up a good total in as quick a time as possible, losing there remaining six wickets just around 90 runs. In the spirit of positive cricket in a limited time span West Indies first tried to quickly overhaul the first innings target in order to get another crack at Bangladesh on the fast crumbling track but lost early wickets, shifting their objective to saving the follow on. The horrible decision of well set Chanderpaul did not help. The transpiration of the two days play is a story about luck of circumstances and it is absolutely no indication of a rise in Bangladesh test cricket. A fortuitous start to Sunny's career

  • POSTED BY bagh_mama on | October 24, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I do not think in Dhaka spinners will get this much turn. This Chittagong wicket suits Bangladesh way more than Dhaka, more so recently. Congratulations to Elias Sunny. I was really impressed. We have two wicket taking bowlers now. Even if no result is possible in this test, I hope Bangladesh gains enough momentum to carry over in Dhaka test.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Isn't a not perfect DRS better than none? I bet that Chiv would agree

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    I really wish you guys would stop trying to mixup issues with personal thoughts. here are some facts about WI players...example: Jerome Taylor is not even in Jamaican's Team for the current season of cricket that is going on...(2) Sarwan is not able to past fitness so he's not playing for Guyana either...(3) Chris Gayle is not really interested in WI...he is interested in $$$$$ Dwayne Bravo should be in 20/20 & ODI team...he's not interested in Test cricket...those were his words...Shane shillingford should be in the test team but that would mean leaving out a fast bowler....WI have lots of talents in order for them to be noticed they have to be in the middle...not with same players playing with same results. thtz what cause us to be where we are now. We have 2 keepers why play one for 20/20, ODI & tests? not because ur from trinidad then all trini's should play all the games. think about these FACTS!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    World Cricket found a new Star in Bangladesh in Sunny.

  • POSTED BY sheefat on | October 24, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    well! BANGLADESH is not alone in the "BAD-THING-AFFECTED-GROUP"! WEST-INDIES have been in the group since 1983 world cup final! where the defending "champion" lose by 40 runs against india in chase of just 183!!! I want to remind WEST-INDIES that, "TO ACHIEVE IS HARDER, BUT TO RETAIN THAT IS HARDER!" Since then, they might have given birth to many a great players, but not great enough to regain the world cup! So??? BANGLADESH IS JUNIOR TO WEST-INDIES IN THE BAD THING AFFECTED GROUP! don't forget last two series WI played at home,gayle 'factors'...@Prelude

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    well done sunny, good going....

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Agree with wiseshah about the reserve. The main problem for test cricket for Bangladesh is, there are no quality fast bowler and 3rd seamer (pace bowling alroundar) which is really necessary to take 20 wickets to win a test.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Sunny has proved how vital 1st class cricket experience is......The considerable 1st class experience with which he debuted has evinced that BCB should let young talents play lots of 1st class cricket b4 rushing them into the National Team.........We have got now two wicket-taking spinners, all we need is 1 good fast bowler, and we can expect to knock off 20 wickets in a test match....

  • POSTED BY satspeare on | October 24, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    @delboy, I agree with you that WI need to mix experience with the young talent rather than just "throwing" them all in the top order. I would rather Edwards open- he has the best first class average of the younger group and he has proven that he has the temparament with his test century. Chanderpaul should indeed open which allows for a right/left hand combination at the top. Brathwaite bats at 3, to gain experience at the top and reward for showing intent. 1 Kirk Edwards, 2 Shiv, 3 Brathwaite, 4 Samuel, 5 Simmons, 6 Baugh, 7 Sammy, 8 Russel 9 Fidel Edward, 10 Bishoo 11 Rampaul. Bravo need to sit out the next few games and work out his issues. When does Taylor, Dwayne B, Benn, Sarwan, Shane S and of course Gayle gat another chance?? Good luck WI

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Bangladesh shine by the magic of Elias Sunny.Go Bangladesh,go......

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Will Dhaka be a better ground to get WI in same friable condition? And local players be in same inspirated mood to pose more trouble forthe visitors? Poor drainage system deprived Bangladesh from a possible win.

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | October 24, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Since two days had been washed out completely, I think the follow on mark for WI is 201 not 150 as it was mentioned in commentary. I would like to see cricinfo clarifies this issue. The main fact is the match is reduced to a 3 day match and thats what happened in a test match between Bangladesh and NZL. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    good debut... wish a long carrier of sunny

  • POSTED BY Prelude on | October 24, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Some how this "BAD" thing happens with Bangladesh and takes them away from a win. Earlier days, mostly it was BAD BATTING, sometime BAD UMPIRING (happened in PAK tour) this time, its just BAD WEATHER and BAD FIELD-MANAGEMENT. Oh! How Cruel!

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    The Tail is almost out there ... two more quick wickets early in the morning and goodbye WI ... :D :D :D ...

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | October 24, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    who said bangladesh dont have enough bench reserve? they have plenty but they are not nurturing them well. two debutant: elias and nasir both performed well. there are anamul hauque, sabbir rahman, sohag gazi, mominul, tasamul,asif ahmed , noor hossain, shaker, mahmudul--watch out these guys

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Well done SUNNY, Just continue ur performance

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    I don't understand W.I strategy..Why do we have so much inexperience at the top of the order,Come on we need Gayle opening and Sarwan at # 4...Or Samuels # 3..bring Braitwaire at # 5..Come on Otis Gibbs....Be Smart

  • POSTED BY realist1 on | October 24, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Good to see new BD guys are doing well. 2 days lost due to poor drainage so this match will be draw no matter what. But it would be interesting to see if any of the team gain upper hand going into the second test. Bangladesh did satisfactory in their batting, bowling was Okl. WI came back well this morning session to get few quick wicket however, their batting was certainly below par. I am sure they will improve on that. Although I like to see Bangladesh do well in the 2nd test my instinct tells me WI will somehow beat us fair and square in the next test match. This test would be a draw. So 1 - 0 to WI to win the Test series as well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. Go ahead

  • POSTED BY MijanurRahman on | October 24, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Well done Sunny! Hope you shine for a considerable period.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | October 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Looks like Simmons can't cut it in Test cricket and Bravo is poorly out of form. Hoping Baugh can really prove himself as the keeper-batsman WI so desperately need with at least a 50. Also this is set up as Sammys chance to show what he can do with the bat. Let's see what day 5 holds.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 24, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Correction, Simmons might have been around longer but has had less TEST match involvement than Bravo.

    The top four has a total of 21 test matches compared to Shiv's 134 and Samuels's 33. Some thought must be given to this.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 24, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    WI (mis)management still has not learnt how to groom TALENT their top order consist solely of SIMMONS with any negligable experience. Samuels, and Shiv virtually have nothing ahead of or behind them. 1 Simmons, 2. Shiv, 3. Edwards, 4. Samuels, 5. Bravo, Braithwait ..... makes more sense. This guarantees experience and inexperience rather than what we are watching now.

  • POSTED BY Tim40621 on | October 24, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Bangladesh have got a lot of spinners coming through but does anyone know what happened to Enamul Haque Jnr?

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Insallah bangladesh will b back in game..

  • POSTED BY SomeoneStoleMyLungi on | October 24, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    i think even though Bangladesh didnt play tht well today their only mindset was to make quick runs which didnt work that well but it was the only option left to do since there is only 2 days of play left for 3 inninngs. 300+ runs is good at this stage and if poosibly Bangladesh make bowl West Indies for less then 200 then they are going to force the follow on which might lead to winning the game. Even if there is 2 days left Bangladesh should have a good mindset to win because they havent won a test match in a while. Hopefully spin can get West Indies in trouble.

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  • POSTED BY SomeoneStoleMyLungi on | October 24, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    i think even though Bangladesh didnt play tht well today their only mindset was to make quick runs which didnt work that well but it was the only option left to do since there is only 2 days of play left for 3 inninngs. 300+ runs is good at this stage and if poosibly Bangladesh make bowl West Indies for less then 200 then they are going to force the follow on which might lead to winning the game. Even if there is 2 days left Bangladesh should have a good mindset to win because they havent won a test match in a while. Hopefully spin can get West Indies in trouble.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Insallah bangladesh will b back in game..

  • POSTED BY Tim40621 on | October 24, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Bangladesh have got a lot of spinners coming through but does anyone know what happened to Enamul Haque Jnr?

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 24, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    WI (mis)management still has not learnt how to groom TALENT their top order consist solely of SIMMONS with any negligable experience. Samuels, and Shiv virtually have nothing ahead of or behind them. 1 Simmons, 2. Shiv, 3. Edwards, 4. Samuels, 5. Bravo, Braithwait ..... makes more sense. This guarantees experience and inexperience rather than what we are watching now.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 24, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Correction, Simmons might have been around longer but has had less TEST match involvement than Bravo.

    The top four has a total of 21 test matches compared to Shiv's 134 and Samuels's 33. Some thought must be given to this.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | October 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Looks like Simmons can't cut it in Test cricket and Bravo is poorly out of form. Hoping Baugh can really prove himself as the keeper-batsman WI so desperately need with at least a 50. Also this is set up as Sammys chance to show what he can do with the bat. Let's see what day 5 holds.

  • POSTED BY MijanurRahman on | October 24, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Well done Sunny! Hope you shine for a considerable period.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. Go ahead

  • POSTED BY realist1 on | October 24, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Good to see new BD guys are doing well. 2 days lost due to poor drainage so this match will be draw no matter what. But it would be interesting to see if any of the team gain upper hand going into the second test. Bangladesh did satisfactory in their batting, bowling was Okl. WI came back well this morning session to get few quick wicket however, their batting was certainly below par. I am sure they will improve on that. Although I like to see Bangladesh do well in the 2nd test my instinct tells me WI will somehow beat us fair and square in the next test match. This test would be a draw. So 1 - 0 to WI to win the Test series as well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 24, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    I don't understand W.I strategy..Why do we have so much inexperience at the top of the order,Come on we need Gayle opening and Sarwan at # 4...Or Samuels # 3..bring Braitwaire at # 5..Come on Otis Gibbs....Be Smart