Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 1st day October 29, 2011

Honours even after Bangladesh fight back


West Indies 253 for 5 (Powell 72, Edwards 71*, Nasir 2-31) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

An inexperienced West Indies top order rose to the occasion to trigger a strong comeback in Mirpur after Bangladesh had enjoyed the better of the drawn first Test in Chittagong. On a track that promised plenty of runs and just as much discouragement for the bowlers the trio of Kieran Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards struck half-centuries to lay the foundation for a substantial first-innings score. But the performance was undermined, somewhat, when Bangladesh grabbed three wickets in the final session to give themselves hope of thwarting a West Indian attempt to bat them out of the Test.

It didn't take long for the Bangladesh bowlers to discover that there was no swing, hardly any movement off the pitch and not much turn. It didn't help that the hosts were also missing Elias Sunny, who grabbed seven wickets on debut in the opening Test on a supportive pitch, due to a stomach upset. The attacking fields quickly grew defensive, spin was introduced as early as the sixth over and opportunities created were largely a result of the batsmen's own misjudgement. The West Indies approach was cautious for much of the day, largely devoid of risks and reliant on quiet accumulation.

A back injury to Lendl Simmons meant a game for Powell, and he, along with Brathwaite, shrugged off some early moments of discomfort to bat out an entire session with assuredness and solidity. Both were just a Test old before this game but capitalised on a flat track to help themselves to individual landmarks that should only boost their future Test prospects. There was little room for error on the part of the seamers early on and the pair was prompt to dispatch any bad balls that came its way. Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain were often guilty of bowling too short, and kept providing periodic openings for the batsmen to break free.

Brathwaite was also at ease when the ball was pitched up. He drove Shahadat through the covers and past mid-on, worked the strike by clipping the ball through the leg side and later slashed him through point. He'd been a little vulnerable against Rubel, who persisted with an off-stump line against him and should have had him when he cut one just wide of gully before lunch. He finally had his man, who chased a slightly wide delivery once too often, caught on 50.

At the other end, Powell looked more fluent. His shots lack flourish but the stand-out feature of his batting is his timing. His maiden half-century was laced with languid punches and drives through the off side with a minimum of effort and unlike Brathwaite, who was restrained against spin, Powell was more authoritative in his treatment of the slower bowlers. He got going, pulling Shahadat through square leg before driving a meaty full toss, stood tall to crack the ball through the gaps on the off side and reached forward to drive the spinners when they pitched up. He looked good for much more than 72 - after adding 100 with Brathwaite and 55 with Edwards - but was bowled playing inside the line to debutant left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo.

Edwards had been scratchy in Chittagong but was at greater ease against the minimal turn and made a committed effort to use his feet, get to the pitch and play through the line. He collected plenty of runs, driving through mid-on, when the slow bowlers offered flight and even stepped out to clear the in-field on one occasion. Like the others, he was more confident against pace. Rubel was pulled for successive fours, Shahadat clipped through fine leg. Shahadat was taken for runs by Marlon Samuels as well, after Bangladesh fought back post tea.

West Indies had been going along well at 180 for 2, Darren Bravo having settled in with a couple of boundaries. But like Powell he too misread a straighter one, and was trapped lbw by offspinner Nasir Hossain who kept the batsmen in check through his round-the-wicket line. Among the spinners, he managed to turn the ball the most and got some extra bite with the second new ball that was enough to induce an edge from Shivnarine Chanderpaul that was feathered to the keeper. Nightwatchman Kemar Roach had no answer to an arm ball from Shakib Al Hasan two overs later, and the two quick wickets just prior to stumps kept a check on a far-improved West Indies batting effort.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    it looks like the Chemistry of 3k's worked for WI but i suspect they will surely struggle against good attack given the way they played .

  • mainul079080 on October 29, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Well,Md ibrahim hasan,on a flat track like this even great fast bowlers can struggle.This doesnt mean that u should play only one pacer.Playing pacers with spinners not only gives variety to the attack, but also ensure better utilization of new ball.On a dead track like abu dhabi in 1st test both Srilanka and Pakistan played 3 pacers- srilankans went for plenty of runs.Shahadat and rubel r good decent pacers.But i believe Nazmul has more variation then Shahadat.On this kind of track variety is more important then pace.Nevertheless Bang fought back bravely after dismal start.Good luck my country.

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Am amazed to see the no of left arm off spinners produced by Bangladesh over the years. The grand dad of them was of course Mohammad Rafique who was the first genuine all rounder. Now of course, Shakib Al Hasan rules the roost, he could walk into any other test XI and is a fantastic player. We have seen the likes of Enamul Haque who took 6 wickets in Bangladesh's first test win over Zimbabwe. From what we see, Sunny and Shuvo are also capable of good cricket. Shuvo in addition has a beard to challenge Hashim Amla's!!

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    must every WI article include a comment about darren sammy's captaincy? get a life and leave the guy alone

  • Krishnochura on October 29, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    I don't understand why WI cricket board still kept Sammy as a captain... A player like him is just wasting the opportunity to make three good first bowlers like Edwards, Rampaul & Roach !!!!!

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    missed the last session, good comeback by the tigers, good luck for tomorrow, let's see: fast bowlers; we need to build a training camp for them and maybe another for leg spinners....

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2011, 15:33 GMT


  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Mr. 5th umpire you should't leave any comment about Bangladesh cricket because u don't have any idea about cricket. Neither Bangladesh cricket nor WI. They are not a side capable beating any team by an innings.

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Isn't it upset stomach,and not stomach upset? One has to forget the curse of the upset stomach and the other team mates need to match up his extra"ordinary" efforts.

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Remember we had the three "W's" many years ago. Wouldn'r it be nice if These three "K'- Kieron, Kraigg and KIrk can mature along the former three "W's lineage!

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