Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day October 31, 2011

Centurion Bravo leads West Indies dominance


West Indies 355 and 207 for 3 (Bravo 100*, Kirk Edwards 86) lead Bangladesh 231 (Shakib 73, Naeem 45, Fidel Edwards 5-63) by 331 runs
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West Indies consolidated their hold over the second Test, moving from a position of control to complete dominance by extending their lead to 331 with Darren Bravo, who reached his maiden international ton in his 10th Test off the last ball of the day, and Kirk Edwards laying the platform to shut Bangladesh out of contention through a stand worth 151. On a track where spinners found some turn and bite, the Bangladesh bowlers let themselves down, were not backed up by their fielders and appeared to be beating a retreat with spread-out fields when the need of the hour was quick wickets and a strong comeback.

The spin-strong hosts would have been encouraged by the assistance the pitch offered Devendra Bishoo and Marlon Samuels in the morning session; West Indies took little over an hour to polish off the last three wickets of the Bangladesh innings. There were rough patches on either side of the crease that the slow bowlers targeted, and they promised a tougher outing for the batsmen in the second innings. The run-out of Kraigg Brathwaite in the first over and the needless, and failed, attempt by Kieran Powell to clear mid-on after a solid start gave Bangladesh hope of limiting the damage to manageable proportions. But Bravo's counter-attack, Edwards' unshakeable determination that only slipped shortly before stumps and a failure to put the pair under pressure cost the home team.

Starting with a packed in-field and catchers close in, the Bangladesh spinners tempted Bravo with flight, aiming at the rough, but were caught off-guard as he responded with aggression. Off his second ball, he smashed Shakib over his head and launched him over the long-on boundary in his next over. Shakib slipped his sliders and Nasir Hossain got some turn but their efforts were inadequate against a calculated Bravo onslaught that put Bangladesh quickly on the defensive. He struck Nasir over mid-on, drove him through the covers and pulled him over midwicket, all in the same over. Soon enough, the field was pushed back, triggering a routine flow of runs to those stationed at long-on and long-off.

His quest for runs prompted Bravo to nick Shakib to Mushfiqur Rahim and then Imrul Kayes at first slip - both chances were spilled, drawing a smile of resignation on Shakib's face. Edwards was content to cede the floor to his partner and rotated the strike comfortably, driving through the V, using the sweep and gradually laying the stage for his second century of the game. He was the recipient of a spate of low full tosses from the Bangladesh slow bowlers but also dealt soundly with those that turned; he drove Shakib twice through the extra cover for four and was equally assured on the back foot, punching him to the boundary despite there being a deep cover. Though not one to take unnecessary risks, he surprised a few when he took on Shahadat Hossain, thumping him over mid-on and clearing the ropes.

Barring a mistimed pull that landed inches short of Shakib at midwicket, Edwards experienced no major hiccups and looked to become the first West Indies batsman in 10 years to score a century in each innings. His pursuit was cut short by a momentary lapse in concentration when he flicked too early against a full delivery from Suhrawadi Shuvo - who hardly spun the ball - and was bowled.

Bravo toned down in the final session, the stream of singles continuing uninterrupted however. Only two fours came off his bat post tea, one a streaky edge off Rubel Hossain - who bowled too short in his return spell - and the other a punch off Shakib past cover. As nightwatchman Kemar Roach kept Bravo nervous company on the day's dying stages, Shuvo gave him an anxious moment when he scraped past the outside edge in the final over but a cut through point off that last ball that fetched him two drew a roar, an animated celebration and eventually tears, summing up the relief of having reached a most cherished milestone.

The reckless top-order approach on the second day, and missed opportunities and lack of effectiveness with the ball on the third, have left Bangladesh facing a formidable challenge of saving the Test, let alone winning it, on a pitch that could get trickier.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • nicholas on November 2, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    @poolerd That last post is 100% correct, Gayle brings FEAR to opposing teams, REAL FEAR, if he gets a start West Indies win, just like RCB in IPL and NokiaCL.Gayle playing with this improving West Indies squad and wil bring experience and alot of neccessary boundaries, he starts good the rest would just pile on the runs, if he dosen"t, UNLIKE before, West Indies have batsmen that would just play their normal game. A match made in heaven.

  • nicholas on November 2, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    My line-up for the future TESTS would be. 1)Simmons, 2)Gayle, 3)Kirk 4)Bravo, 5)Chanders, 6)Samuels, 7)Sammy, 8)Ramdin/Baugh, 9)Bishoo, 10)Rampaul, 11)Edwards. 12)Narine (if he proves himself vs Bangladesh A), 14)Russell/Roach, 15)Barrath. 5-TOP BATS-MEN 2-ALL-ROUNDERS 3-BOWLERS 1-KEEPER/BATSMAN Tell me waht you all think???????

  • Dave on November 1, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Edward Belsujet my friend you have misunderstood me, so i will clarify. You cannot win test matches when you have two quick bowlers and then your first change is an average medium pacer. It will never get you 20 wickets which is required to win a test match. when Edwards and Roach have batsmen ducking and then GREAT BATSMEN see them off to wait for Sammy then that is my problem. It is poor that West Indies open the bowling with Sammy POOR!!!! My friend and what Gayle brings to a team is more than batting it is FEAR. When the best bowlers mark there run up to bowl at Gayle it is I hope i get it all right attitude and when he is out the team celebrates as if they won the test already. When these same bowlers face a Kraigg Brathwaithe and he is out there is no real celebration. it is that fear that we need to compete let the Brathwaithes play around that fear and you see how great they will become. As soon as our players become great we try to get rid of them. ONLY IN THE WEST INDIES

  • Derek on November 1, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    @Randy, come on are you a cricket fan with any knowledge about the game? It's all well if you blatantly state your case against including a player who has swiped his way to achieve what the likes of Sir Don Bradman has 300 plus in TESTs. I cannot imagine what you would say about Sir Ian Botham if he was a West Indian.

    Which cricketers names appear twice here?

    At times some of the posts here deserve to be simply ignored because it is clear that those writing them have an axe to grind!

    I do not care how a batsman gets his runs; that is one of the objectives, accumulate as many without getting out. It will not be the last time I say this; CRICKET IS PLAYED IN THE MIDDLE NOT AT A KEYBOARD.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Think Carri bean should give the opportunity of batting to Bangladesh with 400 target within today..... Then it will very easy to take as many as 5 wickets today of BANGLADESH cricket team........

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Darren is going to be a dominant figure in WI cricket . He would be the second Lara.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    It is annoying to see that none of the players shortlisted for Captain (Darren Sammy, Dinesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo) by the WICB are worth their place in the side. They have not proven themselves in the international arena. So what is the criterion they are shortlisted under?! The best players in the present WI are Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Gayle, Samuels and Fidel Edwards (and Rampaul) - Chanderpaul is the first name on any WI team but he is very reluctant and uncomfortable and cannot be considered; Sarwan is not in the team since he has injury and confidence issues but ideally he should be in the squad at least as Vice-Captain; not absolutely sure about Samuels leading since he has just come back in; I think either Gayle or Edwards needs to be taken in as Captain where they should pick the best 15 for India: Gayle, Barath, Simmons or Powell or Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Baugh, Russell or Roach, Taylor, Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Narine, Bishoo.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Good going Windies. No, we don't need Mr. Gayle and his negative influence on the youngsters. He's basically a glorified swiper with a good eye and super strength. Does not have much of a cricket brain. Not committed to WI cricket. Let him play IPL and make a boatload of mula. Congrats to Bravo & Edwards. I'm predicting that Edwards will have a long Test career and average over 50.00. He's captain material too. Let's bang Bang, fellas. I'm with you on this one, Edward Belsujet.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    WI finally have a full & fit pace attack and can't use it because we need a place for Sammy. Y Sammy even bat infront of Chanderpaul sometimes......Y confuse Chanderapul by pushing him up and down the order.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Sammy cannot Bat, Bowl or Field period. to many good players are being sacrificed for Sammy because he is the captain. even in this last test Rampaul has been left out imagine if Rampaul shared the new ball wth Fidel and Roach first change . soon as Sammy came on Bagladesh batsmen target him he just dont have the pace to be effective on those wikets in Bangladesh. he dropped a vital catch in which the batsman went on to top score and to make matters worse he stepped on his wicket total runs ONE plese Mr selector please pick our best team at all times including CHRIS GAYLE our best and most influential player.

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