Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 4th day November 1, 2011

Tamim fights but West Indies still favourites


Bangladesh 231 and 164 for 3 (Tamim 82*, Mushfiqur 33*) need another 344 runs to beat West Indies 355 and 383 for 5 dec (Bravo 195, Edwards 86, Chanderpaul 59*)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On the most productive day of this Test series, aggression as well as restraint with the bat were in plentiful supply from both teams but they differed significantly in their timing of those approaches. West Indies got it right, subdued at the start of the day and attacking after lunch to amass a massive lead, the only downside being the sight of Darren Bravo lying flat on the ground ruing a missed double-century. Bangladesh did the opposite; they motored along at the start of an improbable chase, not having learnt much from their top-order capitulation in the first innings, and lost early wickets. Though Tamim Iqbal steadied them, after belatedly realising the need for caution, West Indies remain favourites to take the Test with seven wickets to grab on a full day's play.

Attacking batting makes for entertaining cricket and the Bangladesh line-up is packed with attractive stroke-makers. If there was anything to be learnt from their performance in the first innings, though, it was that sustaining aggression for an extended period of time is a major challenge in Test cricket. The opening seamers Fidel Edwards and Kemar Roach bowled too short often but, despite their poor lengths, the Bangladesh batsmen were only too happy to keep them interested.

The pitch looked far from threatening and showed no major signs of wear and tear - Devendra Bishoo and Marlon Samuels got the odd delivery to turn and bounce sharply but not with enough frequency to send tremors within the Bangladesh camp. Also encouraging for the hosts will be the trend of high scores in the fourth innings at the venue - two scores of over 200 have been chased down with few wickets lost and Bangladesh once scored 413 in a losing cause. Whether Tamim and the middle order can summon the determination to save the game will have many doubters, and remains to be seen.

Sensing early that leaving deliveries outside off wasn't part of the top-order's plan, as he'd done early in the first innings where he bagged a five-for, Fidel Edwards persisted with an off-stump line. The presence of two slips and a gully should have prompted circumspection, instead the openers kept those fielders that much more vigilant. Off the first ball of Fidel Edwards' second over, Tamim slapped one to point where Samuels dropped a straightforward chance. There was hope again when Imrul Kayes crashed him through the covers four balls later. The next ball was in the channel outside off and Kayes couldn't help pushing at it, and offered a low catch to Kirk Edwards at slip.

The temptation to dole out short stuff continued when Shahriar Nafees upper-cut Fidel Edwards over the slips; Roach was dealt the same way by Tamim, who also survived an inside-edge while pushing away from his body. The introduction of Darren Sammy brought about a change in lengths and Nafees, overcome by an instinct to drive the ball, played a pitched-up delivery straight back to the bowler, who showed sharp reflexes in bending down quickly to take a tough catch.

The arrival of Raqibul Hasan brought with it a semblance of stability to the innings. He shunned aggression, held out one end assuredly, defended well against Sammy who stuck to a tight line and pinched singles off the spinners, working them around the in-field. The solidity rubbed off on Tamim, who toned down considerably and was fortunate to have Raqibul caution him when he appeared to display an incorrigible urge to break free.

Tamim stepped out to Bishoo to launch him over his head for a four and a six, and almost offered a catch to mid-on on the third attempt before a polite reprimand from the other end restored some sense. It was ironic then that Raqibul was almost caught while trying to late-cut a delivery with a slip in place, and was dismissed the very next ball poking at a quicker delivery from Samuels that spun in a hint.

At 124 for 3 with close to an hour left, there was more room for damage but some fluent, and assured, batting from Mushfiqur Rahim together with a much-tempered Tamim saw Bangladesh through to the close. The pair punched gloves in satisfaction at stumps but another daunting day remained ahead of them.

The West Indies batsmen didn't want any hiccups in the morning and progressed slowly to keep wickets in store for a blast after lunch. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who eased to a half-century, triggered the acceleration with three fours in a Nasir Hossain over before the break, and Bravo smashed a straight six off the same bowler when play resumed. As he moved closer to a double-ton, Bravo launched Suhrawadi Shuvo into the stands to reach 195. An attempt to get to the landmark with a slog-sweep the next ball ended in failure, personal disappointment and a declaration, as he top-edged a catch to Mushfiqur.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    @Micky Tool : good point......................................bangladesh need to learn how to save matches.......................................but if tamim can do more than 150 it would help bangladesh put some good scores on the board...............................................but still a draw is way better than losing by a 100 runs and this would help bangladeshi batsmen to play more like test players!

  • Dave on November 2, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    What drives me mad about the WICB is that Dwayne Bravo's batting was not up to par as an all rounder and was drop. Darren Sammy batting average is horrific as a batsman in all forms of the game and in my opinion only takes wickets because batsman look to take him on after they fend off either Roach Rampaul or Edwards. if you were a complete allrounder i would have no problem with your selection but your spot can be utilize with either an extra batsman or bowler depending on the conditions. As for captaincy the only good captain in West Indies is Darren Ganga. So anyone can be captain if u ask me. With tears in my eyes we are off to play India without Chris Gayle. All board officials don't you think it is time that this matter is settle and lets have one of the best opening batsman in the world back in our side. You say he doesn't have West Indies cricket at heart and some of you members are called LEGENDS and went and played in the KERRY PACKER tournament. SHAME ON U ALL

  • Tatai on November 2, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Poor Bangladesh! Going down again; I wonder what their excuse will be this time. Blame it on India or Pakistan somehow.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    hats off to the selectors by sticking to the youths it is just a matter of time before the w.i start to give the rest of the world a run for their money we need to replace sammy with 1 of those youth and bring a third fast bowler alond with samuels and dishoo we can have a bowling attack that is better than what we have right now the wicketkeepr need to be more consistent with his batting and we will rise in the rankings my 11 will be bharrat /braithwaite /k edwards /bravo/chanderpaul samuels /baught/bishoo/edwards/ramphal/ roach r sammy dont be afraid to sit sammy down we need achievers in this team /not passengers come on selectors bite the bullet look for 1 out of the batsmen and make them the capitain

  • Andrew on November 1, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    I assume that the Bangas will lose on the 5th day. That being said, too often they have wilted in their 2nd innings - this time, they have showed some spine. A good performance on Day 5 from Rahim, Tamim & Shakib - could result in the unthinkable - Bangladesh saving a test from near certain defeat. If the Bangas can at least be still alive after Tea, it will have been a great job. If Tamim is still around at Tea, the Bangas would have a sniff of a freak result. Just hope they don't collapse before Lunch!

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    Asking Tamim to go against his natural ways is a little too much to ask for because it's human nature to always go back to his own habitual instincts one way or another (the built in software is already made that way) no matter how you slice & dice it and it's gonno be pretty darn hard and challenging to do a 360 degree turn around. I'll be more than happy if he survives the first session tomorrow.... but, can he really do it. Tamim....... You need to OWN and occupy that pitch tomorrow and exert your Dominance.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    i think all BD player r perfect for getting run quickly....we r seeing it from last decad whn they start palying test why u guyz don go for a win....tamim is set n murshafi is look 2 be set n still sakhib,islam still 2 come who are in good touch with guys go for win n stun the whole world....its time is urs...go bangledes go...i nepali don think m bdeshi

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Who cares if tamim scores 150 or not if his team loses...Play for da team and try to save the team from a defeat..Dont play for urself only..Gonna be tough task..but Batsmen shud try to play all 90 overs..even if they score only 100 runs...DRAW is a much better achivement then losing by 100 runs...i hop BD supporters wud understand..BD fans r too silly..!

  • Shaifuzzaman on November 1, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Recently SL lost test on a placid wicket at Dudai to an under ranked team PAK within 4 days!!!! I dont think there were much criticism of that. Now here the case is otherwise. WI is well ahead in Test Ranking than BD. The expected result was 2-0. But I am very proud of BD team for not allowing them to declear more than once in series. They made allout twice with such a weak bowling attack, the way they came back from 59/5 was remarkable, they secured lead of 100+ in CTG, they made WI allout for 61, won T20 series.... So many positives in one series. Only thing missing is some personal achievemets such as centuries. If Nayeem was not Runout on 2nd evening things would be different. If Tamim gets century and is out in an unplayable ball and others dont throw wicket, I will take a loss as positive. So let WI achieve the W..I...N they are searching for. If u can do that, I will of luck.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    We hope the BD Batsman will be cool tomorrow; they will not mistake again like 1st innings. They have to have mentality that they need to bat 90 overs. Its tough hope but all nation will keep on eyes with big hope. Good Luck BD!

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