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

Centurion Bravo leads West Indies dominance

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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  • todobless 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.

  • todobless 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???????

  • poolerd 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

  • delboy 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?

    http://www.itsonlycricket.com/entry/931/

    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.

  • 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........

  • on November 1, 2011, 3:20 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • todobless 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.

  • todobless 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???????

  • poolerd 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

  • delboy 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?

    http://www.itsonlycricket.com/entry/931/

    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.

  • 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........

  • on November 1, 2011, 3:20 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • gottalovetheraindance on October 31, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    Even if they dont select Gayle for the Indian tour they should at least drop Sammy like he has dropped several catches for us. Dravid, Sangakarra, Taufeeq Umar, Laxman and Mushfiqur Rahim just to name a few. Make Fidel or Rampaul Captain or even Dinesh Ramdin. Sammy is not much more of a batsman or bowler than any of these 3 nor is he more committed as far as i can see. At least they hold onto the catches that come their way. It would not take much for them to outperform him in the captaincy department either. Its about time we try a bowling captain for a change.

  • Silloh on October 31, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    ..Well done Windies.we need to be consistent. I would have liked Gayle to be in the side also. But , apparently it's not what was said, it's the manner and syle of communication that will anger any authority. In any company he would have been fired! Windies have a great chance to win this test and it all depends to a great extent on Bravo and Samuels carrying on from where they left yesterday.Batsman K Edwards seem to be quite responsible. It's time Roach pick up a fiver with a good blast.

  • on October 31, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Look at the pace attack available to WI: They have Fiedel Edward, kemar Roch, Ravi Rampal, Andre Russel, Jerome Taylor... What else do you want. This really is a world class pace attack. They just need to remove Summy and play with any of these 3 fast bowlers plus Bishoo. Then just strengthen the batting by adding Gayle plus some good batting wicket keeper, and we have a very balanced side.

  • on October 31, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    @ Edward Belsujet... Well, poolerd is 100 percent spot on. I am a Pakistani fan but I would like to have Gayle in WI team. To me Summy is the most useless player in this 11 because he is keeping more talented bowlers/all rounders benched. That's disappointing. Yes bowling has worked well for WI but it was not because of Sammy, rather it was a bit hampered by Summy. Imagine WI had some real fast bowler or a good all rounder in place of Sammy then bowling results would have been even better. And as you have accepted in your post that batting has let WI down, so you must add Gayle and Chanderpâl to the team to have better balance. Another problem is with the keeping. Unfortunately none is capable of good batting. So, add the best bats available

  • charlyn on October 31, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    well said Edward,we need 2 c it 4 wat it is,we have not one any ting 4 so long, now we win without,Gayle,Sarwan,Dwayne n all the haters,we can do this boys, n Sammy we love n support u all da way,u r da best

  • on October 31, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Shows how truly awful Bangladesh must be if the West Indies give them stick... that and a typically flat Bangladeshi wicket, no wonder they don't improve when they bowl on flat tracks in domestic, as well as international matches.

  • on October 31, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Hey poolerd, what world are you living in? You keep talking about Chris Gale. My question to you is what is WI's win/ratio with him in the side? You keep jumping on Sammy's case, but the results under Sammy is clear- the bowling department has performed exceptional. The batting has been WI failure, as we saw in the match against India in Barbados, when we lost by 60 something runs. Give the young man a break. Gale had his turn and brought us no result. Gale and co. are big bash players, who are not committed to WI cricket. WI team and supporters don't need big bash players, they need committed players. And that's what the present crop of players are taking to the table. Good luck to Sammy and his team.

  • Cricket-Holic on October 31, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Agree with Bernard John we need to finish this game not only 4 team moral but 4 all the people of the Caribbean & their long starving West indies fans...

  • on October 31, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    All this must be noted not forsaken by India

  • poolerd on October 31, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    I know the boys are doing very well and i am glad but many issues need to be address before we take on India. Is Chris Gayle going to play is the main one, Are we going to continue using two fast bowlers with Sammy to win games and finally with Dwayne Bravo return do we need Sammy. Answer these questions first then bring on India and the rest of the world. Cause once these are solve we will start winning test matches more regular, mark my word

  • riverlime on October 31, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Bravo needs to focus more. He had at least four letoffs in that innings, but well done to him anyway. He needs to try to bat more like Sachin instead, in that he needs more unbeaten innings, rather than try to copy Lara's flamboyance. And, once again, WHERE IS NARINE ? He has been bamboozling Gayle in the regional 50 over tounament, but has not been even given a central contract for WI. Surely he needs to be given a chance on Indian wickets, especially since he's had a good look at them during the CLT20.

  • Ashique129 on October 31, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Rest tonight and fight tomorrow, boys. We have a match to save. As the coach asked, let's see who can get to an ugly 120 tomorrow. We are playing 8 batters. Put price on each wicket and hope for the best. Miracles do happen in cricket.

  • wifan16 on October 31, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    CRICKETDEBATOR u should change ur name cause obviously u don't know anything about cricket...how can u judge a team/players on just 1 innings?..SERIOUSLY DUDE!!

  • Mushtanda on October 31, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    @ wifan- "then bangladesh thrash them in the final ODI"? Dude, the game was a dead rubber, and on BD's part, it was once again a fluke, unless they repeat such performance in the next 10 games!

  • Mushtanda on October 31, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    @BravoBravo- And Eng did not improve their rating by playing in their own backyard? why is it that only when india wins in india, India-haters start raise this point? In the past decade, India has won overseas Test series against both Eng and WI-- show me their records against Indian in India?

  • BravoBravo on October 31, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    WI is playing very well and they deserve to win the match after such a great display of batting and bowling and ofcourse fielding. The display of such strength in every department of game by WI, certainly be creating a lot of concern in IND camp as they will be next to host WI. IND may be dreaming to improve their ICC ranking (which is a joke in itself) in Tests and ODI by playing in their own backyard against WI. BD needs another Shakib and nerve of steels to draw this match. Only one team can win this match from here and that is WI.

  • cricketdebator on October 31, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Well played WI. Keep focused now, and win this match. Particularly, congrast to Bravo. The question was never if, but when he would make that first century. Now that he done so, I wish him many more in what I hope will be a most successful career. It is also pleasing to note that the young (future) players are leading the way for WI, since some folks seem to think that WI cannot progress without the Gayles, Sarwans or Chanderpauls. Now they know better. It is also expected that the challenge will be greater in India, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it. Keep up the good work Captain Sammy & yound team.

  • wifan16 on October 31, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    i agree with technical-1...its amazing how a batsman can make one good score and get all the praises and against a team like bangladesh...UNBELIEVABLE!!...the person who deserves all the praises is KIRK EDWARDS!..isn't this the same way WI was getting praises and then bangladesh thrash them in the final ODI?..smh..comeon guys!!...AND REALLY, u guys already talkin about chanderpaul retirement after one good performance by the other batsmen?..hahahaha

  • on October 31, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Hail WI players down with the Board mis-givings!!

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on October 31, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    great to see the west indian batsmen applying themselves and showing backbone. which has been missing for all these years. edwards is an excellent investment and it seems the middle order can feed off him. he can be the insurgent inspiration west indies so badly needs

  • drlove2344 on October 31, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    well done son! am happy 4 u :)

  • Riddymon on October 31, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    I see Technical-1 is drinking that haterade! Geez man.....Windies fan don't often get to see this much winning so just let them enjoy it. The fact of the matter is that things are looking up. They've won more matches over the past year than over the past couple years combined. Now, admittedly, yeah, they're still not doing well but let's enjoy this moment for a minute.

    Having said that, I agree with Riad Hosein. India will be a VERY tough challenge so hopefully, we can carry this momentum into the next series. Good luck boys!!

  • Isaac_7 on October 31, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    I wasnt a big kirk edwards fan, but he really can bat, and uses his intellingence. would like to see him against a world class bowling unit though. Barath,Simmo,Kraigg,Powell, Bravo, Edwards, just need someone to really guide these guys. combine this with Gayle n chanders, n this could be a good battin unit. hope springs eternal

  • on October 31, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Lets finish the job boys and give the tonners Bravo and Edwards double cause to celebrate the WI way

  • on October 31, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    young brian ...proper ..............

  • Bill.W on October 31, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Briliant BRAVO and Emphatic EDWARDS see WI to a great position - its not the light at the end of the tunnel folks, but it has been a good test for the West Indies so far - keep your heads on guys and the victory will come!!

  • Technical-1 on October 31, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Smiling! One win means Nothing! They have not won yet! Folks keeping on saying things are looking up! Wait and See!...

  • on October 31, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    good to see windies bouncing back nicely after first test which could have gone to tigers if rain had not disturbed the proceedings

  • on October 31, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Congrats to Bravo on his maiden test century

  • on October 31, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    real test is india not this glorified club team.

  • on October 31, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Is this the first time that West Indies did not give up an extra during the Bengladish first innings? Very impressive. Can't remember ever seeing that before.

  • DarindaUK on October 31, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    The question is what was the so called BD top order batsman thinking in the first inning? Did they forget that this was not a T20 or an ODI, but a Test game? Can the BD batsman last 160+ overs to make a draw or will they go for the T20 style and finish the game in an hour, which most probably save us all wasting time to see such a poor performance from our Tiger Cubs. Well played WI. You guys deserve it.

  • chesumsne on October 31, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Well done Bravo. Keep on working hard. The efforts do pay off in the long run. First your fielding has improved in this match, now you manage to score your maiden test century. Never become complacent and keep fighting for the Windies with passion. You have a long future ahead of you...

  • satish619chandar on October 31, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Bravo's attacking batting was classy.. At the same time, Edwards showed lots of character.. Augurs well for WI cricket to play with the new players.. Though they were helped by poor fielding, they didn't throw it away by any means.. Wish BD shows some grit and not go slam bang like in the first innings..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 31, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Well done WI...now, you have to thrash the arrogant BD...let them enjoy innings heavy defeat...

  • yocasi on October 31, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Good to see Windies play TEST cricket. Early days still, but things are beginning to look up. Batsmen seem determined to bat long periods, aware that there are 5 days available. Give this team 18 months, coach & management intact, and we'll be a competitive unit, even, or especially without the prima donnas.

  • Ronsars on October 31, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Well played Bravo and your expression said it all as how much this century means to you.....Good luck WI......

  • VivGilchrist on October 31, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    My only criticism of Edwards is that he scores sooooo slow. Sometimes on a good batting pitch like this one, you need to score a bit more briskly to give your bowlers time to win the match. Other than that he looks the goods and could have a lengthy career batting 1-3. Congratulations also to D.Bravo. Also, is Rampaul injured, sick, or was he unjustly dropped?

  • AvidFanDownUnder on October 31, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    I only realised today how young and relatively unscarred the current WI team are (apart from Chanderpaul who is a champ). The rest of the team are generally speaking relatively young and have probably only experienced the tail end of the doldrums that WI have experienced since 1995. If they do well in Bangladesh and play to their potential in India (and subject to the board not upsetting things) could really mean the dawn of a new era for WI. Bravo and Edwards have shown that even Chanderpaul could feasibly retire soon (hopefully after he reaches 10,000 - and hopefully it won't be long before his son also starts playing in the WI colours). Even Powell and Braithwaite have shown maturity (which will only get better with time). Their bowlers are in good nick and Sammy finally seems to be settling into his role (and this can only be good for WI). The times they are a changing and hopefully for the better for WI because they have really suffered for the last 16 years.

  • ditty678 on October 31, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Good to see the WI middle order doing well without the services of Chanderpaul. Inexperienced as they are, they've really stood out in this Test.

  • ramps_wi on October 31, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Congrats to D Bravo on his first test hundred, kirk hard luck this time..... payback for all that pressure last series but we ha to win tommorrow

  • rienzied on October 31, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Yup Bravo must stay focussed. He needs to crack the 3 figure mark and then he will be one of their new batting champions for the next decade. Edwards though is really showing true class and I hope he can carry this forward!

  • DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on October 31, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    PAY BACK SERIES! INDIA ENGLAND GAME IS OVER, NOW WI AND BANGLADESH. ANOTHER PAY BACK SERIES IS UNDERGOING AT SA.

  • on October 31, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Well worth staying up to see the boys. Very impressive batting by Edwards. Bravo seems to be coming back to form. Needs to concentrate just a bit more. The bowling is not threatening. WI in control.

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  • on October 31, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Well worth staying up to see the boys. Very impressive batting by Edwards. Bravo seems to be coming back to form. Needs to concentrate just a bit more. The bowling is not threatening. WI in control.

  • DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on October 31, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    PAY BACK SERIES! INDIA ENGLAND GAME IS OVER, NOW WI AND BANGLADESH. ANOTHER PAY BACK SERIES IS UNDERGOING AT SA.

  • rienzied on October 31, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Yup Bravo must stay focussed. He needs to crack the 3 figure mark and then he will be one of their new batting champions for the next decade. Edwards though is really showing true class and I hope he can carry this forward!

  • ramps_wi on October 31, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Congrats to D Bravo on his first test hundred, kirk hard luck this time..... payback for all that pressure last series but we ha to win tommorrow

  • ditty678 on October 31, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Good to see the WI middle order doing well without the services of Chanderpaul. Inexperienced as they are, they've really stood out in this Test.

  • AvidFanDownUnder on October 31, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    I only realised today how young and relatively unscarred the current WI team are (apart from Chanderpaul who is a champ). The rest of the team are generally speaking relatively young and have probably only experienced the tail end of the doldrums that WI have experienced since 1995. If they do well in Bangladesh and play to their potential in India (and subject to the board not upsetting things) could really mean the dawn of a new era for WI. Bravo and Edwards have shown that even Chanderpaul could feasibly retire soon (hopefully after he reaches 10,000 - and hopefully it won't be long before his son also starts playing in the WI colours). Even Powell and Braithwaite have shown maturity (which will only get better with time). Their bowlers are in good nick and Sammy finally seems to be settling into his role (and this can only be good for WI). The times they are a changing and hopefully for the better for WI because they have really suffered for the last 16 years.

  • VivGilchrist on October 31, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    My only criticism of Edwards is that he scores sooooo slow. Sometimes on a good batting pitch like this one, you need to score a bit more briskly to give your bowlers time to win the match. Other than that he looks the goods and could have a lengthy career batting 1-3. Congratulations also to D.Bravo. Also, is Rampaul injured, sick, or was he unjustly dropped?

  • Ronsars on October 31, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Well played Bravo and your expression said it all as how much this century means to you.....Good luck WI......

  • yocasi on October 31, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Good to see Windies play TEST cricket. Early days still, but things are beginning to look up. Batsmen seem determined to bat long periods, aware that there are 5 days available. Give this team 18 months, coach & management intact, and we'll be a competitive unit, even, or especially without the prima donnas.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 31, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Well done WI...now, you have to thrash the arrogant BD...let them enjoy innings heavy defeat...