Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 2nd day November 22, 2012

Gazi's success and Samuel's accomplishment

Plays of the day from the second day of the second Test between Bangladesh and West Indies in Khulna

The shot of character
Tamim Iqbal, after the first day, had described Abul Hasan's shots as batsman-like, and the surprise hundred had been rejoiced in the entire country. But Abul batted like a tail-ender on the second morning. After a few missed swishes, he bludgeoned the ball past mid-on. Despite the slog, he moved past Reggie Duff to become the highest scorer at No. 10 on debut.

The anti-climax
Sohag Gazi opened the bowling for Bangladesh for the third innings in a row - and, also for the third time, to Chris Gayle. Gazi was hit for 16 off 10 balls in the first innings of the Dhaka Test, and 10 off 5 balls in the second innings. There were expectations of another assault on Thursday but Gayle merely defended the first delivery back to the bowler. A few overs later, Gazi had Gayle caught behind after conceding ten runs in 19 balls. It was the second time the offspinner had claimed Gayle's wicket in this series, and it's probably fair to say the battle is currently evenly contested.

The planned dismissal
Fast bowler Rubel Hossain worked opener Kieran Powell's dismissal. The opener faced a lot of short deliveries from Rubel, and one of them hit him in the head. But the barrage of short-pitched deliveries didn't stop, and soon Powell hooked one to be caught by the square-leg fielder. Bowlers would need a plan to get wickets on the Khulna pitch, and this was definitely a plan from the bowler.

The reply
At the start of his second spell, Rubel conceded two boundaries to Marlon Samuels before banging one in short to which the batsman ducked under. Rubel had a word to say, and Samuels replied back. After pulling the next ball to the midwicket boundary, he showed Rubel in which direction he had hit, though the bowler had turned his back seconds ago.

The accomplishment
Samuels had promised five Test centuries by the end of this year, after the World Twenty20 final. He missed out in the Dhaka Test but when he completed his fifth Test century in his career, he brought out his lucky yellow scarf which had hung around his neck after his heroic innings in Colombo last month.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Oh please that was an unfortunate dismissal of Gayle Gazi bowled a ball sliding down leg, not even a good ball.

  • Derek on November 22, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Its good to see opposition teams revelling in the felling of a WI batsman. There was a time when it was remarked as just not cricket when the boot was on the other foot. BD's number 10 ended the day in credit but no doubt by the end of this match his runs with the bat will be completely erased by his performance with the ball. After all he was selected as a BOWLER who bats.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Abul hasan on being not just the highest scorer on test debut but being the first Bangladeshi No 10 bowler on debut to score a hundred its a good achievement for him.Also to Sohag Gazi on getting even with Chris Gayle by getting him out and to Rubel Hossain on getting Kieran powell out so well. On the other hand Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo had done exceptionally well on making 198 runs together and congratulations to both of them on making their half centuries and especially to marlon samuels on his hundred it is not very easy to make a hundred these days and to see samuels getting that feat is commendable. good luck to both teams on the continuation of this test.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Good knock Samuels. Always good to see aclass batsman fulfilling his dreams.

  • Vivek on November 22, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Now B'desh would do well not to perceive Abul Hasan as the new Shakib. We Indians have lost many potential bowlers trying to convert them into the next Kapil Dev.

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