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

Debutant Sunny lights up Bangladesh's day


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
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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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  • Mahboob on October 25, 2011, 4:39 GMT

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

  • Manesh 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...

  • PATRICK 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.

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2011, 3:10 GMT

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

  • Amzad 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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 about to give up being a fan of WI

  • Michael 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 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.

  • colville 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

  • SM 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.

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