West Indies tour of Bangladesh, 1st Test: Bangladesh v West Indies at Chittagong, Oct 21-25, 2011
21,22,23,24,25 October 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

The openers walk out, the fielders are in a huddle. Sparse crowds at the start of the day, though it is a holiday in Bangladesh. Fidel Edwards will kick off proceedings. I am Nitin Sundar, taking you through the action in this game. Three slips, gully and short leg await.

Toss: Bangladesh win the toss and bat first. Elias Sunny and Nasir Hossain are set for debuts, while Shuvagata, Shuvo and Nazmul are not playing. West Indies have benched Kemar Roach, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin and Shane Shillingford. Who wants to be Ramdin? Captain one day, out of the side the next ... Cameron White must be able to empathise.

A warm welcome to Chittagong for the first Test. The catchword is warm - the rains are thankfully away, so we are set for a timely start to the series under clear skies. Still a few damp patches around the outfield, but nothing that saw dust can't mask. The groundsmen are currently spreading some around the Ispahani End.

0.1

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Fidel starts with a full ball wide of off stump, and Tamim lets it go.

"How many times did it happen before that a captain has won all the tosses in a series? ODIs and Tests, T20s (if there was any)," asks Evan. I don't know about the record, but Rahim is doing his best to break it.

0.2

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, hint of inward shape to Tamim now, but otherwise a gentle start from Fidel. Tamim leans forward and pushes it to mid-on.

0.3

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, 3 runs, and Tamim's away. Over-pitched on the pads, the inswing meant it sat up amiably for clipping, and Tamim obliged with a crisp working of the wrists.

Similar fields for Kayes. Fidel is still over the stumps.

0.4

FH Edwards to Imrul Kayes, no run, this one holds its line and angles across Kayes, who gets a thick edge as he feels for it, but plays it softly enough that it goes down to gully.

0.5

FH Edwards to Imrul Kayes, no run, angled across again, wider of off stump and easily left.

0.6

FH Edwards to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, on a length to end the over, Kayes pushes to the on side to get off the mark.

"Every time I see Roach being benched, so Sammy can play, it grieves me!" Everytime I see the way you spell your name, b4u8me2, it grieves me. But otherwise I share your opinion.

End of over 1 (4 runs) Bangladesh 4/0

    • Imrul Kayes 1 (3b)
    • Tamim Iqbal 3 (3b)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-4-0

Rampaul takes the new ball from the other end. Only one ball in this form of the game, as is the case in T20s. It is getting tougher and tougher to keep track of the rule changes in cricket.

1.1

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, short of a length and angled across, wide enough for Kayes to shoulder arms.

1.2

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, poor shot, Kayes tries to drive on the up and the length ball holds its line to beat the outside edge. Not the shot you play in the second over of a Test match.

1.3

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, better from Kayes, restrains himself from playing a shot outside off.

1.4

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, short of a length and angling across at reasonable pace, he lets it go to the keeper.

1.5

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, another leave from Kayes, Rampaul's not getting the ball to move off the seam so far.

1.6

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, and again, Kayes shoulders arms to a back of a length ball that wafted through outside off. Decent carry for Rampaul there, I wonder how long that will last.

"Has Mushfiq lost a Toss yet?" asks Foysal. Well, he is two overs into his Test captaincy career, so he hasn't.

End of over 2 (maiden) Bangladesh 4/0

    • Imrul Kayes 1 (9b)
    • Tamim Iqbal 3 (3b)
    • R Rampaul 1-1-0-0
    • FH Edwards 1-0-4-0
2.1

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, brisk and frisky from Fidel, whangs a bouncer down at good pace and gets impressive lift too. Tamim weaves away.

2.2

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, another short ball, Tamim stays back and defends to the off side. Had to stand tall on his toes to cover the line.

2.3

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim is sucked into a guided pull shot, but he keeps it down and past short leg. Square leg cuts it off.

2.4

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, 1 no ball, Fidel oversteps as he delivers a length ball on off stump, and Tamim defends into the off side.

2.4

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, goes a touch wider this time with the angle, Tamim shoulders arms.

"I hear they're thinking of introducing automatic wicky, tippety hit, and one-hand-off-the-roof rules to T20. You know, for the kids." Good to hear from you Smudgeon!

2.5

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, 1 no ball, Fidel again steps over the line, and Ian Bishop on commentary is almost livid. Length ball outside off, defended towards point.

2.5

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, good length ball at 78 mph, Tamim is drawn into the off-drive and gets a single wide of mid-off. Not the best piece of timing, but god positive footwork.

2.6

FH Edwards to Imrul Kayes, no run, Kayes covers the line of a length ball on middle stump and blocks.

End of over 3 (3 runs) Bangladesh 7/0

    • Imrul Kayes 1 (10b)
    • Tamim Iqbal 4 (10b)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-7-0
    • R Rampaul 1-1-0-0

Rampaul continues.

3.1

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short ball carries nicely past Tamim's leave outside off.

3.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, short ball on the middle and leg line, nudged to the leg side for one. Signs already of a benign pitch where the bowlers will have to put in a lot of effort to make something happen.

3.3

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, fuller and wider of off stump, Kayes doesn't fiddle with it. He's been very sedate after that indiscreet on-the-up play and a miss.

3.4

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, gets behind the line and defends to the on side.

3.5

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, goes fuller this time, Kayes gets forward and defends towards cover point.

Lee: "How in God green earth Darren Sammy thinks he is a better bowler than Kemar Roach? We are playing with a bowler short with Sammy in the team.He cannot put any batsman under pressure with that pace." An emotion shared around the Caribbean I am sure.

3.6

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, Rampaul closes the over with a fierce bumper, but it is far too short to bother Kayes who ducks under it.

End of over 4 (1 run) Bangladesh 8/0

    • Imrul Kayes 1 (14b)
    • Tamim Iqbal 5 (12b)
    • R Rampaul 2-1-1-0
    • FH Edwards 2-0-7-0

One slip is away, so we are down to two now.

4.1

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim is tempted into an airy drive, and it goes uppishly towards gully. Landed well short of the fielder, but he will want to do away with that shot.

4.2

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lets this one go through outside off as Fidel probes away outside off.

4.3

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, a smattering of applause around the ground as Tamim produces the first boundary of the day. And a pretty impressive stroke too. Fidel landed it back of a length and there wasn't much room on offer, but Tamim laced it impressively off the middle through covers.

Short cover in place now ...

4.4

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, and Tamim plays the next ball straight to the fielder at short cover. Full ball outside off, holding its line, and Tamim drives a touch loosely, away from the body

4.5

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full ball on the stumps, Tamim turns it away square.

4.6

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, ends the over with a very full ball outside off, it is defended into the covers.

Ashish chips in with everyone's favourite gully cricket rule: "And ICC is also introducing the ONE DROP-ONE HAND CATCH rule in test cricket because the wickets are too flat these days like the flat concrete corridor that we used to play back in those days!"

End of over 5 (4 runs) Bangladesh 12/0

    • Tamim Iqbal 9 (18b 1x4)
    • Imrul Kayes 1 (14b)
    • FH Edwards 3-0-11-0
    • R Rampaul 2-1-1-0
5.1

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, Rampaul plugs away short of a length outside off stump, and Kayes lets it go. Fidel's moved a couple off the seam, Rampaul's sending them down dead straight.

5.2

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, fuller and closer to the off stump, but not close enough to make Kayes play.

"Let's not get carried away here. Sammy is not great but his stats are decent - certainly not as bad as he is made out to be. Roach's time will come. Besides, he is not Marshall sitting on the bench. After a good series in SL, he has been below par." This came from a reader who calls himself Hate T20. I like the name, though I am a fan of the shortest format.

5.3

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, on a length again, Kayes defends into the off side with an opened face.

5.4

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, Kayes plans the front foot across and drives, but the ball is not full enough to confirm timing. It dribbles away into the covers for a single.

5.5

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, hustles Tamim with a good bouncer now, but there is not short leg in place any more. Not that Tamim was in much trouble, he kept it down well.

5.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, and this one angles across with nice carry, Tamim shoulders arms from the crease.

"The anti-sammy comments are irritating. fed up of dismal results. give me a skip with HEART AND SOUL. at least when we get beaten this time i can say that the team actually gave their best effort this time. please don't think the anti sammy is universal to the region. 50/50 at best i'd say, just us pro-sammy people aren't as boisterous." Ian weighs in with a fair rebuttal.

End of over 6 (1 run) Bangladesh 13/0

    • Tamim Iqbal 9 (20b 1x4)
    • Imrul Kayes 2 (18b)
    • R Rampaul 3-1-2-0
    • FH Edwards 3-0-11-0

Think of the devil ... Sammy comes on at first change.

6.1

Sammy to Imrul Kayes, no run, starts with a length ball outside off, full and straight, defended off the front foot.

6.2

Sammy to Imrul Kayes, no run, fuller and straighter, Kayes punches it to mid-on.

While I see the light in Ian's argument, I don't understand why someone like Chanderpaul (who, for my money, is the most committed Windies cricketer in a while) can't lead the best XI.

6.3

Sammy to Imrul Kayes, no run, on a length around off stump, defended into the off side.

6.4

Sammy to Imrul Kayes, no run, aha, an inside edge. That's what Sammy does well, he gets the polite wobble this way and that off the seam on an uncomfortable length. Kayes nearly plays him on as he tries to take the bat away from the line belatedly.

6.5

Sammy to Imrul Kayes, no run, fullish on middle and leg, played to the leg side.

6.6

Sammy to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, and Kayes finishes with a boundary. That came on quite slowly from Sammy, Kayes was into the drive early, he was looking at mid-off, but ended up timing it well above the bowler's head. Kayes then runs down the pitch and gets a word from the umpire.

End of over 7 (4 runs) Bangladesh 17/0

    • Imrul Kayes 6 (24b 1x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 9 (20b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-4-0
    • R Rampaul 3-1-2-0
7.1

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lets this one from Rampaul go through to the keeper.

7.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller from Rampaul and targeting the stumps. No movement whatsoever. Defended down the track.

7.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, a hint of Saeed Anwar in the way Tamim leans out and square drives a length ball with a flourish of the wrists. Two runs taken.

"I think some of the coments are harsh on Sammy, the 1st Test v India he got 4/52 & gave em a sniff of a win. His Test bowling ave is 29!" That, from Meety.

7.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Rampauls increases the pace and decreases the length, Tamim shoulders arms outside off.

7.5

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, on Tamim's pads, and he clips it through midwicket easily for a couple.

7.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, poor from the fielder at point. Nudged straight to the fielder, who throws needlessly to concede an overthrow.

Ian responds: "not so certain, but i have in my mind the notion that in his last stint his batting sort of suffered. to be honest, i respect shiv ALOT as the last of a dead era. and i would hate that the..negatives of leading this team, spoil what is the latter stages of a splendid career." I am not sure what these negatives are, Ian. There's a side to be led, and Shiv is considered good enough to make it. I am not sure what suggests he can't lead it as well.

End of over 8 (5 runs) Bangladesh 22/0

    • Tamim Iqbal 14 (26b 1x4)
    • Imrul Kayes 6 (24b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 4-1-7-0
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-4-0
8.1

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lets a length ball outside off go through.

Keeper comes up to the stumps. Two slips and a gully back.,

8.2

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, another trundler outside off, another leave.

8.3

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim opens the face now and steers a length ball to gully.

8.4

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of a length on the stumps, Tamim defends with a full face to mid-on.

"The comment about Roach not being Marshall makes me think "How great would it be if the West Indies went all Golden Gordon here?"...imagine Viv, Kanhai, Sobers, Holding & Big Bird out there showing the youngsters how it's done! Ahhh..." I'll tell you how great it would be Smudgeon, it would be as great as the 80s!

8.5

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller length on the stumps, again played solidly to the leg side.

8.6

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lets the last ball go through to the keeper. Not much happening on this pitch for Sammy. Something says Bishoo is going to be key to the Windies fortunes.

End of over 9 (maiden) Bangladesh 22/0

    • Tamim Iqbal 14 (32b 1x4)
    • Imrul Kayes 6 (24b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 2-1-4-0
    • R Rampaul 4-1-7-0

Rampaul continues.

9.1

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, he's been short all day, and again lands it on a length that won't elicit the drive. Defended off the back foot.

9.2

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, back of a length at 82 mph, nudged off the hips to square leg.

"People need to understand that ALL of the Windies senior players have been given a chance to lead the team at one time or another and most have either given it up or say the didn't want it. Let's think back....Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Gayle, Bravo Sr...I'm missing people I know...but it's not to say that they've never been given the opportunity. Sammy was given the opportunity and when you look at Windies record since, it's actually been on the up. Yes, they still suck...but they suck LESS..and in my eyes..that's an improvement. Let Sammy do his job." Riddymon, it is strange that you don't question why all those seniors backed away from the captaincy job ... Systemic reasons, may be? And err, getting bowled out for 62 in Bangladesh is the pits, or can this get any worse?

9.3

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, full ball outside off, Kayes punches into the covers.

9.4

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run

9.5

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, Rampaul angles one away off the seam at long last, and Kayes watches closely as he chooses to leave.

9.6

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, fuller and a touch wider, more straightforward leave for Kayes. Another maiden for Rampaul, but Bangladesh are playing this well so far.

"@Nitin - I think what Ian was referring to was the Ponting factor. Even SRT found captaining a tough job. Ponting's form started to dip when the team results waned. The WIndies need Chanders to maintain his 50 average. Nothing stopping him leading from a non-captaincy position! You hear business speak describing Leadership Group, Chanders would certainly have to be a member of that!" That was from Meety again.

End of over 10 (maiden) Bangladesh 22/0

    • Imrul Kayes 6 (30b 1x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 14 (32b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 5-2-7-0
    • DJG Sammy 2-1-4-0
10.1

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, angled across Tamim without much pace, and he lets it go.

10.2

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, over-pitched on off stump, Tamim promptly brings out the drive, but can't beat a fast-moving mid-off who tumbles to the left to stop it.

10.3

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of a length outside off, Tamim defends to the off side.

Shamim Choudhary on air says Tamim has a very good Test average. The numbers don't lie, Tamim's mean is 35.

10.4

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, on a length around off stump, Tamim check-drives into the off side.

Round the stumps now.

10.5

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full ball angled in towards middle and off, Tamim keeps it out without fuss.

10.6

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of a length outside off, Tamim lets it go through to the keeper.

End of over 11 (maiden) Bangladesh 22/0

    • Tamim Iqbal 14 (38b 1x4)
    • Imrul Kayes 6 (30b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 3-2-4-0
    • R Rampaul 5-2-7-0

Rampaul's spell continues ...

11.1

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, on a length around middle and off, easily defended to the leg side.

"I know it is early in the test match but lets hope Bangladesh can eclipse the current R/R in the SLA v Pakis - 2.79." We can only hope, Simo.

Rampaul round the stumps.

11.2

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, Rampaul bangs it in really short and it sails harmlessly over the head as Kayes ducks.

11.3

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, angled in from wide of the crease and straightens outside off. Kayes defends a touch away from his body.

11.4

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, Kayes drives on the up, he is a little late on the shot thanks to Rampaul's pace and ends up forcing it off the outside half behind gully. The bowler won't mind that stroke.

11.5

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, no run, that's very poor from Kayes. Goes for a madcap lash away from the body as Rampaul takes it a further yard away outside off. Not too far from the edge.

11.6

Rampaul to Imrul Kayes, OUT, well bowled Rampaul, he's made things happen in this over by changing the angle and using the seam. He shapes this in at Kayes from a touch wide of the crease and gets it to straighten down the line outside off. Kayes is not the most patient batsman doing the rounds, he pokes at it without conviction and the edge lands in Baugh's gloves.

Imrul Kayes c †Baugh b Rampaul 10 (52m 36b 2x4 0x6) SR: 27.77

I have sinned. Tamim averages 39, not 35. Those aren't bad numbers. He averages 45 away from home too.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Bangladesh 26/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 14 (38b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 6-2-11-1
    • DJG Sammy 3-2-4-0

Nafees is the new man in, also a left hander.

12.1

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full ball outside off stump, Tamim flows into a drive to cover.

12.2

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, slow offcutter outside off, Tamim adjusts to the line and dabs it square.

12.3

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller and angled in, Tamim defends down the track.

12.4

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of a length outside off, Tamim shoulders arms and Baugh collects.

Nuri sends in some compelling stats:

"Apart from Sammy's debut match when he got a 7-for after England notched up 400+ runs, his averages against the top Test nations read: 17 with bat, 60 with ball vs Australia. 13 with bat, 38 with ball vs India. 21 with bat, 69 with the ball vs South Africa. 3 with the bat, 75 with the ball vs Sri Lanka. Passion and commitment? I will take productivity every single day of the week."

12.5

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full length ball on middle and off, Tamim defends back to the bowler.

12.6

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Sammy drifts onto the pads, Tamim works him square but can't get it past the fielder.

"It's not that I don't question whether it's systematic, I'm sure it is but it doesn't make sense bringing that up. Let's be honest, trying to understand the logic behind WICB's decisions requires a network of super-computers running 24 hours a day. I believe that at the end of the day, Windies is hurt most by it's lack of consistency not it's captaincy. I believe that a good team is a good team regardless of who's at the head. A captain will make decisions that can influence a team's success but unless the team itself performs it means nothing. You need your top order batsman to fire consistently IN GROUPS..and your bowlers to bowl a tight-line and take wickets. Windies have SO many choices for every spot in the line up...but often times, no one slotted in performs well. As far as the 62 all out....every team has a bad day...I still believe that windies is a much better team than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe...but they will struggle to move up the ranks if they can't beat anyone higher up than them." I can't argue with any of the points Riddymon has made here, so I shall not.

End of over 13 (maiden) Bangladesh 26/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 14 (44b 1x4)
    • Shahriar Nafees 0 (0b)
    • DJG Sammy 4-3-4-0
    • R Rampaul 6-2-11-1
13.1

Rampaul to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, Nafees is away with a squeeze off the outside half of the blade through backward point.

13.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short ball from Ramps, angling in from outside off, nudged to the leg side.

Rampaul to Kayes: 26 balls, 23 dots, one four, one single.. And a wicket.

13.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim shows more discretion than his opening partner, and shoulders arms to a wafter just outside off.

13.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, and again, Rampaul plugs away outside off and Tamim lets it go.

13.5

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of a length outside off, Tamim once again chooses to ignore.

"I think time has come to look for someone else to partner Tamim. Imrul just flatters to deceive. Averaging below 20 as an opener is a sin. Even his first class average is 25, which just does not justify his place in the national team. Am sure there are better openers in BDesh." Are you really sure, Shishank?

13.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, ah, Rampaul messes his lines at long last. Angles this one generously down the leg side, and Tamim helps it along with a fine glance for four. That signals drinks on the first morning.

Ketsi Ledibane chimes in with a comment I consider left-field: "To be honest, I really think that West Indies should play Pollard in test matches rather than experimenting with people like Brathwaite, I like the youngster but he has not impress me during his debut. Pollard needs test cricket experience and I think he will be a complete player if he's given a chance."

End of over 14 (5 runs) Bangladesh 31/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 18 (49b 2x4)
    • Shahriar Nafees 1 (1b)
    • R Rampaul 7-2-16-1
    • DJG Sammy 4-3-4-0

Sammy resumes.

"It's a relief to see Shahriar Nafees get the nod ahead of Ashraful." Not if you are Ashraful, Smudgeon. The man recently said he hasn't been given enough chances. I did a double take and then pinched myself just to be sure I wasn't imagining things.

14.1

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, no run, length ball from round the stumps around off stump, defended down the track.

Over the stumps now.

14.2

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, no run, over-pitched on leg stump, Nafees punches uppishly to mid-on.

14.3

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, no run, holds the length back and lands it on a length around off stump, Nafees defends from the crease.

The keeper has gone back.

14.4

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, smooth work from Nafees, Sammy concedes his first runs in 21 balls. Nice shot, not too short, not too wide, but Nafees sets himself up and gives it a wholesome carve backward of point.

14.5

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, even better shot, all hands this time. Shorter and wider from Sammy, Nafees deals with it delicately. Waits for the ball to sit up beside him and then surgically steers it backward of point with typically subcontinental wrists.

14.6

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, no run, lets the last one go through as Sammy returns round the stumps and keeps it short of driving length.

End of over 15 (8 runs) Bangladesh 39/1

    • Shahriar Nafees 9 (7b 2x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 18 (49b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 5-3-12-0
    • R Rampaul 7-2-16-1

Rampaul runs in again. This is a long opening spell.

Charbel: "Shishank can be very sure because Nafees would be a very good option for opening the batting if Kayes continues to struggle. I still feel Bangladesh should persist with Kayes for a little longer"

15.1

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, on Tamim's pads, he turns it away square for a couple.

15.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lets this one go outside off as Rampaul keeps it short of a length.

15.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, aha, play and a miss. Rampaul does it once again, with a nagging angle and an uncanny straightening outside off. Tamim's footwork wasn't decisive, he seemed to be gauging the length even as he chose to play at it, inside the line as it transpired.

15.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, wider outside off, easier dealing for Tamim who lets it go.

15.5

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, another leave outside off as Rampaul sticks to his lines.

Over the stumps for the last ball.

15.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim leans out to defend a length ball into the covers.

SthAussies: "sorry Ketsi, don't agree at all mate, Pollard doesn't have the patience, I was about to say he needs to prove himself in domestic first class cricket first but checked his stats & was amazed to see he averages 37 with the bat, until we can see some form of patience in a 50/50 game when his team is in dire needs (ie. last ODI where they were bowled out for 62) then he doesn't deserve the shot?"

End of over 16 (2 runs) Bangladesh 41/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 20 (55b 2x4)
    • Shahriar Nafees 9 (7b 2x4)
    • R Rampaul 8-2-18-1
    • DJG Sammy 5-3-12-0

Sammy continues.

16.1

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked square by Nafees for a single.

16.2

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Tamim leans out and defends to the off side.

16.3

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, full on off stump, Tamim drives laboriously wide of mid-off and they get across for a tight single.

16.4

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, no run, shaped into the pads, Nafees defends to the leg side.

16.5

Sammy to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, over-pitched outside off, driven solidly through wide mid-off.

16.6

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length ball on the stumps to end the over, Tamim defends down the track.

Lachlan: "Kayes is much better suited to the one-day game, the biggest problem in bangladesh is that they don't really pick specialist squads, but expect everyone to be able to play all forms"

Sumith: "A cat has nine lives. Ashraful has had 9 cat lives. Don't get the whining!"

End of over 17 (3 runs) Bangladesh 44/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 21 (58b 2x4)
    • Shahriar Nafees 11 (10b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 6-3-15-0
    • R Rampaul 8-2-18-1

Meanwhile Fidel is back on.

Ian makes a very valid point: "Even if Sammy's figures don't show a lot in terms of wickets, i question how many wickets have fallen while sammy was on the other end maintaining pressure... much as happened a few moments ago."

17.1

FH Edwards to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, the loosest of looseners you will see. Fidel lands this short and it takes an eternity to come along. Nafees waits and waits, and struggles to time the cut, but ends up playing into the covers for four. Lendl Simmons can't stop if on the ropes with some nifty footwork.

17.2

FH Edwards to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, lovely stroke, Bangladesh have 50 as Nafees leans into another drive and picks up consecutive fours.

17.3

FH Edwards to Shahriar Nafees, no run

17.4

FH Edwards to Shahriar Nafees, no run, huge appeal for lbw but Nafees survives. He was caught on the crease by a length ball that straightened on middle and leg. He was playing a touch around it, but missed. Half of the ball landed on the mat, and that's normally not considered enough. The umpire was Dharmasena.

17.5

FH Edwards to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, sprays it full and straight now, Nafees works it away square for a single.

17.6

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, eventful over from Fidel, another full and fast ball on the pads, Tamim gets it away behind square for one.

Main Mukit: "@Lachlan: Bangladesh don't really have the players to pick specialized squads. Their lower division structure is quite poor compared to other teams in the ICC test rankings."

End of over 18 (10 runs) Bangladesh 54/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 22 (59b 2x4)
    • Shahriar Nafees 20 (15b 4x4)
    • FH Edwards 4-0-21-0
    • DJG Sammy 6-3-15-0

Marlon Samuels gives us our first sighting of spin.

18.1

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of a length and breaking away from Tamim who stays back and defends.

18.2

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim skips out now, but the ball wasn't there for the drive so he gingerly changed his mind and defended before scooting back in.,

Not much spin on offer so far.

18.3

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, Tamim works a single to the leg side.

18.4

Samuels to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, Nafees hangs back and forces a single into the covers.

18.5

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of a length to Tamim who hangs back and chops into the covers.

18.6

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, short of a length from Samuels, on the pads and turned away square.

End of over 19 (3 runs) Bangladesh 57/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 24 (64b 2x4)
    • Shahriar Nafees 21 (16b 4x4)
    • MN Samuels 1-0-3-0
    • FH Edwards 4-0-21-0

Fidel continues.

19.1

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short ball from over the stumps, the pace is getting up there. Defended off the back foot down the strip.

Edgar: "Is something wrong with the speed gun in Bangladesh? I realize that it records Fidel and Roach only bowling at about 75-80 mph which is way below their real pace. Can some1 confirm this?" I can. The speed guys in this series have been all over the shop.

Shishank: "Bangladesh just got past yesterday's Pakistan's run rate. Signs of good things to come if Nafees can play in the same fashion."

19.2

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller and a touch wider of off stump, Tamim shoulders arms.

19.3

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, full ball on off stump, Tamim defends into the off side and gets a single.

19.4

FH Edwards to Shahriar Nafees, no run, short ball, doesn't bounce as high as Nafees expected, and he had to quickly adjust to get some bat behind it. He thought of pulling, but ended up defending with a jerky straight bat.

Short leg in place, and Fidel's round the stumps.

19.5

FH Edwards to Shahriar Nafees, no run, blood on the pitch. This doesn't look good at all. Super sharp bouncer from Fidel, angling in and homing in at the head. Nafees was on the front foot initially, but still chose to attempt a hook. He was hopelessly late on the shot, the ball was through before the bat came across, and seemed to hit the helmet between the peek and the grill. It has managed to slip in and cut him near the eye. Nafees went down in visible pain, and quickly summoned in assistance as the blood began to dribble out. He's going off now with a towel covering the bloodied nose. The good news is that the damage seems to be only superficial. Credit to Fidel for producing that kind of a ball on this wicket. Nafees is retired hurt and Raqibul walks in.

Twenty minutes to lunch, the Windies have a look at the middle order. Over the stumps with short leg in, and a right hander at long last.

19.6

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, no run, back of a length and angling in briskly, Raqibul is stuck on the crease as he defends.

End of over 20 (1 run) Bangladesh 58/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 0 (1b)
    • Shahriar Nafees 21 (18b 4x4)
    • FH Edwards 5-0-22-0
    • MN Samuels 1-0-3-0

Bishoo the leggie is pressed into service. Slip and short leg in place.

20.1

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, tossed up from over the stumps on off stump, Tamim defends.

20.2

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, straighter to Tamim, who leans out and defends comprehensively.

20.3

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, short ball, turning down the leg side quite slowly, and Tamim nudges it square for a single.

Nafees can of course come back later in the innings, for those of you asking. He can't have a runner though, but I don't think that would be an issue.

20.4

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, Raqibul is away, pushing with the turn into the covers for a single.

20.5

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim gets well forward and defends solidly.

20.6

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, shorter, straightening down the line, and defended from the crease by Tamim.

End of over 21 (2 runs) Bangladesh 60/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 26 (72b 2x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 1 (2b)
    • D Bishoo 1-0-2-0
    • FH Edwards 5-0-22-0

Fidel continues.

21.1

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, FOUR, a gem of a stroke from Raqibul, takes the slowness of the pitch out of the picture with the most elegant of backfoot punches through the covers. Not much pace or width to work with, but it didn't seem to matter as he punched it on the rise.

21.2

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, fuller and on off stump, Raqibul defends with soft hands for a single.

"This unfortunate incident reminds me of Pringle getting hit in the same way of Srinath's delivery. It almost ended his career. I wish Nafees gets alright very soon." This is surely not a career-ending blow, Kalai. As my colleague Dustin points out, if this were rugby, he would have just stapled the wound and continued playing.

Fidel's turn to go round the stumps now.

21.3

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim stays on the crease and lets a length ball go through.

21.4

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, low full toss wide of off stump, guided with an opened face towards point.

Meety: "Well we sorted of wanted a return to the 80s from the WIndies(Edwards/Nafees), but couldn't they bleed some Pomms instead? (Just kidding, sort of!) It sort of doesn't seem right to do that to a Bangladeshi!" Ha!

21.5

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Fidel shapes this down the leg side, Tamim sees it go as it is too far away for the glance.

21.6

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, over-pitched on the stumps, Tamim drives it right back at Fidel who has thoughts of running out the non-striker, but all's well at the other end.

"Tamim 26 from 72 balls! only 2 boundaries!! Boo. Where's the Tamim of Lord's?" Farhan, may be he needs to see pretentious bacon and egg ties to really fire him up?

End of over 22 (5 runs) Bangladesh 65/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 26 (76b 2x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 6 (4b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 6-0-27-0
    • D Bishoo 1-0-2-0

Slip and silly point for Bishoo.

22.1

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, no run, tossed up outside off, Raqibul defends.

22.2

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, no run, loopy again, Raqibul is nicely forward as he blocks.

22.3

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, 2 runs, over-pitched this time, and Raqibul unfurls a good-looking drive, a touch inside out, and it looks set to make the cover fence. Lendl Simmons does really well to cut it off.

22.4

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, no run

22.5

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, no run, straighter, but just as full, Raqibul defends.

22.6

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, no run, breaks away from outside off, Raqibul shoulders arms.

End of over 23 (2 runs) Bangladesh 67/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 8 (10b 1x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 26 (76b 2x4)
    • D Bishoo 2-0-4-0
    • FH Edwards 6-0-27-0

Round the stumps to Tamim is Edwards.

23.1

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Yes, no, may be not. Length ball on off stump, Tamim plays it off the inner half of the blade to mid on. He wants a single, initially Raqibul doesn't and by the time he does, Tamim's changed his mind.

23.2

FH Edwards to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, angled in from wide of the crease, Tamim closes the face to work it off the pads through square leg for one.

23.3

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, no run, another lively bouncer from Fidel, Raqibul does well to drop the wrists and weave out of the line.

23.4

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, no run, short again, pinning Raqibul on the back foot with pace and carry, but he deals with this well from the crease.

Fidel seemed to be in some strife after the previous ball. Cramps? Hamstring? He grimaces and hops around, but goes back and bowls.

23.5

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, no run, short of a length on leg stump and angling in, defended to the leg side.

23.6

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, no run, finishes with a length ball outside off, Raqibul defends into the covers.

End of over 24 (1 run) Bangladesh 68/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 8 (14b 1x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 27 (78b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 7-0-28-0
    • D Bishoo 2-0-4-0

Bishoo continues

24.1

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, Tamim spanks a long hop to the boundary. Not the sort of pitch where spinners can get away with half-trackers. That sat up pleasantly for Tamim, who dealt with it not so pleasantly.

24.2

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, flights it now and there's turn on offer as Tamim props the pad out to keep it out

24.3

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, a touch quicker, Tamim goes back and defends from the crease.

24.4

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, similar ball, similar response, Tamim defends down the pitch

24.5

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run

24.6

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, that's a very piece of padding from Tamim, who presses forward and proffers only pad to a ball that pitches outside off and straightens. If that had turned in, he would have been on his way back.

End of over 25 (4 runs) Bangladesh 72/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 31 (84b 3x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 8 (14b 1x4)
    • D Bishoo 3-0-8-0
    • FH Edwards 7-0-28-0

Samuels comes on for what must be the last over before lunch. Slip, leg slip and forward short leg.

25.1

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, huge turn and a lot of bounce from well outside off. Raqibul watches closely but lets it go.

25.2

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, nicely played, Raqibul backs away and forces against the spin into the covers.

Slip and short leg in place for Tamim.

25.3

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim presses forward and defends inside out from the leg stump line.

Short leg moves to silly point.

25.4

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, similar ball, Tamim presses forward and defends to mid-off.

25.5

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, shorter from Samuels, Tamim is on the back foot quickly and steers it square.

25.6

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Raqibul hangs back and nudges the last ball with the turn to square leg.

11.30 am That's lunch on day one, and on balance Bangladesh's session. It would have been entirely their's if not for Nafees' injury retirement, but Raqibul and Tamim have done well since then. We'll be back around 12.00 pm for the second session. Meanwhile, Sid Talya's report is here.

End of over 26 (2 runs) Bangladesh 74/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 9 (17b 1x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 32 (87b 3x4)
    • MN Samuels 2-0-5-0
    • D Bishoo 3-0-8-0

Raqibul and Tamim are the men out. No updates of Nafees' health, but my guess is he should be ok. Bishoo has the ball.

Right, we are back for the post-lunch session. Here's hoping for more pace and bounce for Fidel, more movement for Rampaul, nice offcutters for Sammy and a lot of spin for Bishoo. As you might guess, I tend to favour the bowlers. And yes, as Mehedi points out, 12 am was a bad typo. I am back 12 hours before that.

26.1

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, welcome back Bishoo. Tamim waves a horizontal bat at a short wide ball outside off to clatter a boundary through the covers. That should help the lunch digest.

Slip and short leg in place.

26.2

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short ball, turns in from middle and off, dabbed to the leg side.

26.3

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short ball, forced into the covers off the back foot.

26.4

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Tamim gets forward to defend it.

26.5

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, flatter ball on middle and leg, worked with the turn behind square for a single.

26.6

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, no run, grip and turn from middle towards off, Raqibul defends.

End of over 27 (5 runs) Bangladesh 79/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 9 (18b 1x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 37 (92b 4x4)
    • D Bishoo 4-0-13-0
    • MN Samuels 2-0-5-0

Rampaul is immediately pressed back into service.

27.1

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, and hits a length straight away, angling one across Tamim from over the stumps. Tamim thinks about it hard but lets it go.

Goes round the stumps now. Two slips in place.

27.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, angled in from a yard or so wider of the stumps, Tamim defends down the track.

27.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller ball, Tamim leans out to drive, but doesn't quite get the timing right. Played straight to cover.

27.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full again and angling in, pushed from the crease to mid-on.

Back to over the stumps. He's keeping the batsmen guessing alright.

27.5

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full and on middle and off, Tamim gets half forward and plays it into the off side.

27.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, keeps it a shade outside off, Tamim shoulders arms but watches closely. Another maiden from Rampaul.

"I don't c anything wrong with benching Roach in favour of Sammy. Its not like Roach is some McGrath/ Ambrose, who runs through the opposition every time he bowls. He is just an ordinary albeit over-hyped bowler with that xtra pace. He came a cropper in the IPL matches and was also taken to the cleaners by the B'desh batsmen during the 1st ODI. Like Ishant Sharma, he just bowled well in one series against Aussies and has faded away. Can't just live by reputation, mate." This comes from someone who calls himself "Hardcore Sammy-fan, if ever there was/is one" who also seems convinced that I won't publish it.

End of over 28 (maiden) Bangladesh 79/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 37 (98b 4x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 9 (18b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 9-3-18-1
    • D Bishoo 4-0-13-0
28.1

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, no run, flighted on middle and off, Raqibul carefully covers the line.

28.2

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, no run, similar ball, Raqibul defends cautiously.

28.3

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, fuller still, allows Raqibul to get to the flight and drive along the ground for a single through mid off.

Roach playing the IPL is news to me, though.

28.4

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, no run, well bowled, lands outside off on a full length and straightens, Tamim is drawn forward, but can't cover the line and the ball turns past the outside edge.

28.5

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, he follows that up with an over-cooked googly, too short and sitting up nicely as it breaks away. Tamim seemed to have read it off the hand as he stepped back and slapped it through the covers.

28.6

Bishoo to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, full ball to end the over, on the stumps and worked square for one.

End of over 29 (6 runs) Bangladesh 85/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 42 (101b 5x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 10 (21b 1x4)
    • D Bishoo 5-0-19-0
    • R Rampaul 9-3-18-1
29.1

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Rampaul plugs away on a full length on middle and leg, over the stumps now, and Tamim defends down the track.

29.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, holds the length back a shade, gets Tamim to lean forward and feel for it, but he defends well all the same.

29.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 4 leg byes, not Rampaul's best ball today, it was short and drifting comfortably down the leg side. Tamim tried to glance it off the hips, but couldn't get bat on it. Four runs through fine leg, all the same, for the team.

29.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, angles this one across, lands on a length and goes on straight as Tamim leaves.

29.5

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of a length, Tamim stands tall and punches it into the covers.

29.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, ends with a full ball outside off, Tamim's shown remarkable restraint today. Another leave from him.

End of over 30 (4 runs, maiden) Bangladesh 89/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 42 (107b 5x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 10 (21b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 10-4-18-1
    • D Bishoo 5-0-19-0

Samuels into the attack now.

30.1

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, that kept low. Raqibul backed away and looked to cut a short ball, but it went through at shin height and he bottom edged it. Not far from the stumps, that.

30.2

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Raqibul moves inside the line and works it to the leg side now.

30.3

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run

30.4

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, fuller ball, driven down the ground for a single.

30.5

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, turn and bounce now for Marlon, from outside Tamim's off stump. He lets this one go through.

30.6

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, too short, and Tamim latches on with another one of those hacks into the covers.

End of over 31 (2 runs) Bangladesh 91/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 43 (109b 5x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 11 (25b 1x4)
    • MN Samuels 3-0-7-0
    • R Rampaul 10-4-18-1
31.1

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, angled across Tamim from over the stumps, he lets another one go through.

And he's back round the stumps now.

31.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, jags this in with the angle into Tamim, who defends to the leg side.

31.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, wider of off stump now, Tamim doesn't meddle with it.

Harun: "I guess Tamim was watching pak batting yesterday instead of practicing his shots."

31.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, over-pitched outside off, Tamim pulls out a crisp cover drive but finds the fielder.

The Abu Dhabi series has found a sponsor for the UDRS tools for the ODIs. The Bangladesh series seems to have a number of commercial backers too. But SA v Aus doesn't have one. Am I the only one seeing the irony in this?

31.5

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, on a length around off stump, Tamim check-drives into the covers.

31.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim stays defensive, blocking into the covers as Rampaul keeps it on a length.

End of over 32 (maiden) Bangladesh 91/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 43 (115b 5x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 11 (25b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 11-5-18-1
    • MN Samuels 3-0-7-0
32.1

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, flat and breaking in from outside off, Raqibul forces it to long-on for a single.

32.2

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, too short to Tamim, who jumps back and cuts square.

32.3

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, flighted wide of off stump, Raqibul takes him on with a big stretch and a nice drive, but finds cover.

32.4

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, straighter this time and he plays it down the track.

32.5

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, FOUR, this is a whole load of short-pitched rubbish from the spinners. Samuels lands this painfully wide in addition to landing it in his half, and Raqibul happily tucks in with a fluent cut shot.

32.6

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, slightly fuller, but still not on a driving length. Raqibul stays on the crease and defends.

Smudgeon: "All this criticism about BD taking things slow & steady. I for one am pleased to see them for once taking a measured approach, and not just trying to hit the cover off everything like it's a T20. There's still another 4 and a ½ days left to play, guys!"

End of over 33 (6 runs) Bangladesh 97/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 16 (30b 2x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 44 (116b 5x4)
    • MN Samuels 4-0-13-0
    • R Rampaul 11-5-18-1
33.1

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, a rare instance of recklessness from Tamim, who throws his bat at a wide half-volley without managing to get the foot entirely across or the balance in place. Swing and a miss.

33.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lets it go this time, similar line from Rampaul, not as full as the previous one.

33.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, straight ball, keeps low on middle and leg, Tamim stabs it away from the crease. He then proceeds to run straight down the pitch, and gets a warning from umpire Dharmasena.

33.4

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Rampaul wafts it across Tamim again, who leans out and shoulders arms.

33.5

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full again from Rampaul, another leave from Tamim.

33.6

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Rampaul bowls another maiden, finishing the over with a trademark length ball outside off. Tamim shoulders arms.

End of over 34 (maiden) Bangladesh 97/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 44 (122b 5x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 16 (30b 2x4)
    • R Rampaul 12-6-18-1
    • MN Samuels 4-0-13-0
34.1

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, finally some flight from Samuels, Raqibul works it with the turn to the leg side.

34.2

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, gets the single now, guiding against the turn through the off side.

Slip and short leg for Tamim. Round the stumps.

34.3

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, flighted on middle, he gets forward and blocks.

34.4

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, shorter length, Tamim stays back and defends.

34.5

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, there you go, he tosses it up generously, Tamim leans out and defends lazily away from the body and the inside edge shoots through between the stumps and the feet.

34.6

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Raqibul covers the line and defends from the crease again.

"So happy to finally see the Bangladeshi batsmen playing calmer and patiently. Hopefully a decent total is on the cards if the rest can bat with the same intent," says Jake.

End of over 35 (2 runs) Bangladesh 99/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 17 (33b 2x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 45 (125b 5x4)
    • MN Samuels 5-0-15-0
    • R Rampaul 12-6-18-1
35.1

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Rampaul continues to wheel away across Tamim, who again leaves.

Round the stumps for the second ball.

35.2

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, no run, homes in towards the off stump line, Tamim pushes without timing to mid-off.

35.3

Rampaul to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, short ball angled into Tamim's body, and he hops back to tuck it to the leg side for the 100th run of the innings.

35.4

Rampaul to Raqibul Hasan, no run, pacy and short ball nips in from outside off, Raqibul doesn't fiddle with it.

Two slips, a gully and another widish gully await.

35.5

Rampaul to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full ball on off stump, Raqibul covers the line and defends down the track.

"@Smudgeon - took the words right out of my mouth (or typewriter), - it's too early to tell, but I wonder if this application is the Stuey Law effect?", says Meety.

35.6

Rampaul to Raqibul Hasan, no run, ends the over with a very full ball that Raqibul plays back to the bowler.

End of over 36 (1 run) Bangladesh 100/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 17 (36b 2x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 46 (128b 5x4)
    • R Rampaul 13-6-19-1
    • MN Samuels 5-0-15-0
36.1

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, another short ball from a spinner, Tamim gladly guides it square for a single.

36.2

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, tossed up from round the stumps to Raqibul, who on-drives for a single.

36.3

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, Tamim now drives down the ground for a single to long-off. Tamim takes extra effort to run away from the crease.

36.4

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Raqibul defends a fuller ball into the off side.

36.5

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, turns in from outside off, Raqibul covers the line and defends.

36.6

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, Raqibul chips out to a flighted ball and eases it down to long-on for another single. Easy pickings after lunch.

Chris: "Wasn't rain scheduled for the first two days? Bangladeshi weatherman are worse than English ones!"

End of over 37 (4 runs) Bangladesh 104/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 19 (40b 2x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 48 (130b 5x4)
    • MN Samuels 6-0-19-0
    • R Rampaul 13-6-19-1

Sammy brings himself back on, with two slips.

37.1

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, length ball to start off, shaping in towards middle and off, defended to the leg side.

37.2

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, goes wider of off stump with his second ball, Raqibul leaves.

37.3

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, short of a length outside off, Raqibul defends into the covers.

37.4

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, over-pitched miles wide of off stump, Raqibul doesn't bother to reach for it.

37.5

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, Raqibul tries to nudge it backward of square, and it goes off the pad for one.

37.6

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, Tamim leans across and dabs a length ball square for a single to end the over.

End of over 38 (2 runs) Bangladesh 106/1

    • Tamim Iqbal 49 (131b 5x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 19 (45b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 7-3-16-0
    • MN Samuels 6-0-19-0
38.1

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, looped up into the off stump line, Tamim defends down the track.

38.2

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, ninth fifty for Tamim, and it has been a really good exhibition so far. Short ball outside off, Tamim rocks back and cracks it square for a single. The crowd likes it, their numbers have increased steadily.

38.3

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, Raqibul again skips out to the flight and drives a single to long-on.

38.4

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, another short ball to Tamim, he cuts it sway for another single.

38.5

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Raqibul looks to work Samuels square with the turn, but can't get the ball away.

38.6

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, he skips out again to a fuller ball, and blocks into the off side.

Max: "@Chris, actually they are very good. You just have to take their 'yes' as 'no'. That's what we always do. It works every time." He's talking about the weathermen in Bangladesh.

End of over 39 (3 runs) Bangladesh 109/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 20 (48b 2x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 51 (134b 5x4)
    • MN Samuels 7-0-22-0
    • DJG Sammy 7-3-16-0

Sammy continues round the stumps.

39.1

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, on a length around off stump, steered with an open face to point.

39.2

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, width from Sammy, Tamim climbs on it with an emphatic cut but the finer of the two gullies (Lendl Simmons) manages to save the boundary.

39.3

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, plays with a straighter bat now, into the covers.

39.4

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full ball from Sammy, a yard and a half outside off, Tamim lets it go.

39.5

Sammy to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, over-pitched outside off, so full that Tamim couldn't get much under it, but he still managed to burst the square drive through the two gullies. There was protection in the deep.

39.6

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, straight ball lands on a length and holds its line, Raqibul plays it to mid-on.

End of over 40 (1 run) Bangladesh 110/1

    • Raqibul Hasan 20 (49b 2x4)
    • Tamim Iqbal 52 (139b 5x4)
    • DJG Sammy 8-3-17-0
    • MN Samuels 7-0-22-0

Samuels continues.

40.1

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, no run, tossed up from round the stumps, Tamim gets forward to defend.

40.2

Samuels to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, oh Tamim, what have you done?! He has the bowlers at his mercy when he chooses to throw it all away with a needless slog. Samuels flights this on middle stump, Tamim - who has been so selective so far - can't restrain himself from slog-sweeping. It wasn't straight enough for the shot, and he got a top edge. It swirled up and settled in the hands of midwicket when it came down. As inexplicable as someone choosing to commit suicide immediately after realising he had a billion dollar inheritance.

Tamim Iqbal c Brathwaite b Samuels 52 (170m 141b 5x4 0x6) SR: 36.87

Mushfiqur is the new man in.

40.3

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, tossed up on off, played to mid-on.

40.4

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, nudges another full ball to square leg.

40.5

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, tossed up once more, Raqibul eases the on-drive to mid-on.

40.6

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, ends the over by playing Samuels back down the track.

End of over 41 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 110/2

    • Raqibul Hasan 20 (53b 2x4)
    • Mushfiqur Rahim 0 (0b)
    • MN Samuels 8-1-22-1
    • DJG Sammy 8-3-17-0

Rahim faces up his first ball as Test captain ...

41.1

Sammy to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, and the opposition captain nearly sends him back first ball with a nifty indipper. That landed just outside off and came in sharply to catch Rahim's defensive prod outside the line. Surely that was heading down the leg side.

41.2

Sammy to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, reaches out to a length ball and defends into the off side.

41.3

Sammy to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, Sammy is getting some movement now, this one curves in from wide of off stump, Rahim lets it go.

41.4

Sammy to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, a near yorker now, not much of a problem at Sammy's pace, but Rahim is new at the crease and was a little sluggish getting the bat down on it.

The keeper is up.

41.5

Sammy to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, on a length, nothing to work with for Rahim who defends to the off side.

41.6

Sammy to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, and again Sammy gets inward wobble off the seam, and Rahim ends up playing it off the inside edge down the pitch.

End of over 42 (maiden) Bangladesh 110/2

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 0 (6b)
    • Raqibul Hasan 20 (53b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 9-4-17-0
    • MN Samuels 8-1-22-1
42.1

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, turning into the pads, worked with the turn through square leg.

42.2

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, tossed up outside off, Rahim gets forward to defend into the covers.

42.3

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, this one drifted in a touch, and Rahim had to arrest his shuffle and back lift to defend.

42.4

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run

42.5

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, short ball, Rahim stays back and hacks into the off side.

42.6

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, Rahim is away with a nervy single, pushing straight to mid-on. The Windies have an opening going into the drinks break.

On the other side of drinks, Dustin Silgardo will make his Test debut as a ball-by-ball commentator. Here's looking forward to a long and fruitful stint.

End of over 43 (2 runs) Bangladesh 112/2

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 1 (11b)
    • Raqibul Hasan 21 (54b 2x4)
    • MN Samuels 9-1-24-1
    • DJG Sammy 9-4-17-0

Fidel Edwards comes into the attack after the drinks break

43.1

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, a full ball on middle stump. Mushfiqur drives to mid-on

43.2

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, full again, on off stump this time. Mushfiqur drives but finds the fielder at cover

43.3

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, a slightly shorter length. Mushfiqur gets on to the back foot and looks solid in defence.

43.4

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, bouncer from Edwards. But this one goes harmlessly over Mushfiqur's head.

43.5

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, that one's taken the shoulder of the bat. Was just short of a length. Mushfiqur came forward but was surprised by the extra bounce. Went off the bat handle to the slips on the bounce.

43.6

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, short of a length again, but Mushfiqur gets nicely behind the line and defends off the back foot.

End of over 44 (maiden) Bangladesh 112/2

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 1 (17b)
    • Raqibul Hasan 21 (54b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 8-1-28-0
    • MN Samuels 9-1-24-1
44.1

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, no run, slow and flighted outside off stump. Raqibul waits for it and pats it down

44.2

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, flighted again and drew him on to the front foot. Raqibul plays it with the spin to fine leg for a single.

44.3

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, short but Mushfiqur was already prepared to defend. Just pushes it to the on side for another single.

44.4

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, that was short and wide and Raqibul set himself up to cut, but just checked the shot at the last minute and gets just one to sweeper cover

44.5

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, better line from Samuels and Mushfiqur lays a textbook forward defence

44.6

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, good line again and Mushfiqur was caught in two minds about whether to go forward or back. Chose the latter in the end and defends.

End of over 45 (3 runs) Bangladesh 115/2

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 2 (20b)
    • Raqibul Hasan 23 (57b 2x4)
    • MN Samuels 10-1-27-1
    • FH Edwards 8-1-28-0
45.1

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good line on off stump and pushed by Raqibul to mid-off

45.2

FH Edwards to Raqibul Hasan, 3 runs, full on middle stump and Raqibul flicks it away. The ball holds up in the outfield and the square leg fielder gets around to keep the batsmen to three

45.3

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, appeal, but there's an inside edge on that. Jagged back in from a length and Mushfiqur was stuck on the back foot but the inside edge saved him.

45.4

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, back-foot punch, timed perfectly through cover-point. That was short and wide but Mushfiqur didn't slash at it and controlled the shot

45.5

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, nicely timed again. Was full on middle stump again and Mushfiqur works it away to square leg.

45.6

FH Edwards to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, on the stumps again and Mushfiqur is strong off his pads. Works it away for one.

End of over 46 (10 runs) Bangladesh 125/2

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 9 (24b 1x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 26 (59b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 9-1-38-0
    • MN Samuels 10-1-27-1
46.1

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, short and Mushfiqur cuts it to deep point

46.2

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, on the stumps this time and Raqibul gets a single by working it to midwicket

46.3

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, the Bangladesh batsmen are peppering the leg side now. This one was on the stumps and worked away to square leg

46.4

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, flighted on the stumps and there was an air of resignation as deep square prepared to field the ball

46.5

Samuels to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, gets on the front foot and drives to long-on

46.6

Samuels to Raqibul Hasan, 3 runs, short and wide and Raqibul plays a late-cut down to the vacant third-man region. Deep point gets around and the batsmen run three

End of over 47 (8 runs) Bangladesh 133/2

    • Raqibul Hasan 31 (62b 2x4)
    • Mushfiqur Rahim 12 (27b 1x4)
    • MN Samuels 11-1-35-1
    • FH Edwards 9-1-38-0

Sammy brings himself on. Really short spell for Fidel Edwards then

47.1

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, on the stumps and worked to that man at deep square leg again

47.2

Sammy to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, on off stump and pushed to deep point

47.3

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, slow on off stump from Sammy. That was at less than 120kph and Raqibul just pats it down

47.4

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, a bit of swing there and hits him on the pad but its too high and the appeal is muffled

47.5

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full on off stump and a nice cover-drive, but finds the fielder at short cover

47.6

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, that swung in a bit and Raqibul had to make a late adjustment to play it to square leg

End of over 48 (2 runs) Bangladesh 135/2

    • Raqibul Hasan 32 (67b 2x4)
    • Mushfiqur Rahim 13 (28b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 10-4-19-0
    • MN Samuels 11-1-35-1

Bishoo comes into the attack

48.1

Bishoo to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, that was too short and Mushfiqur has time to rock back and cut to deep point

48.2

Bishoo to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, short again and the sweeper on the off side is kept busy again. Punched by Raqibul to deep cover-point

48.3

Bishoo to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, better length but safely defended

48.4

Bishoo to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, that's way too short but Mushfiqur pulls straight to midwicket. Missed an opportunity there.

48.5

Bishoo to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, short, short, short! Cut to deep point

48.6

Bishoo to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, this one was pitched up, finally, but well wide of off stump and Mushfiqur watches it harmlessly go into the keeper's gloves

End of over 49 (4 runs) Bangladesh 139/2

    • Mushfiqur Rahim 16 (33b 1x4)
    • Raqibul Hasan 33 (68b 2x4)
    • D Bishoo 6-0-23-0
    • DJG Sammy 10-4-19-0

Baugh is up to the stumps for Sammy now

49.1

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, it's that nagging straight line from Sammy and Raqibul defends

49.2

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, slightly more room this time and Raqibul drives fluently but finds a fielder at point

49.3

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, straight and on a good length. Raqibul defends

49.4

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, 2 runs, that's short and wide and Raqibul cuts the time nicely. The slow outfield again costs Bangladesh two runs. Bishoo with a neat backheel on the boundary

49.5

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, no run, Sammy finds a good line again and Raqibul defends off the front foot

49.6

Sammy to Raqibul Hasan, 4 byes, where's that gone. Sammy's sprayed it down leg side and the agile Baugh has no chance. Runs away for four byes. Unusual mistake for the usually consistent Sammy

End of over 50 (6 runs) Bangladesh 145/2

    • Raqibul Hasan 35 (74b 2x4)
    • Mushfiqur Rahim 16 (33b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 11-4-21-0
    • D Bishoo 6-0-23-0
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