Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 3rd day

Samuels, Chanderpaul build Windies lead

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

November 23, 2012

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West Indies 564 for 4 (Samuels 260, Bravo 127, Chanderpaul 109*) lead Bangladesh 387 by 177 runs
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Marlon Samuels celebrates his maiden Test double century, Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 3rd day, November 23, 2012
Marlon Samuels made 260, his highest Test score © Associated Press

Marlon Samuels shredded the Bangladesh attack in the morning, reached his maiden Test double hundred and then sat back to watch Shivnarine Chanderpaul breeze to his 27th century, which followed his unbeaten 203 in the Mirpur Test. The Khulna pitch refused to stand up for the third day running and apart from ruing their lack of luck, Bangladesh could do little else as West Indies piled on the lead. They did take two wickets, as they had on day two, but at the cost of 323 runs.

Almost unobtrusively, Darren Bravo reached his fourth Test hundred, all of which have come in the subcontinent. His partnership with Samuels swelled to 326, West Indies' sixth-highest ever, before Sohag Gazi ended it by trapping Bravo in front. The one between Samuels and Chanderpaul added 177.

Samuels switched gears each session from spectacular to sedate to smooth, with Chanderpaul outscoring him comfortably after lunch. Samuels had taken 82 off 81 deliveries in the morning; he took 86 to make 29 after lunch. He did accelerate to score 40 off 57 in the final session before falling to the third new ball off Rubel Hossain.

Samuels had an extremely edgy start to the day for a man resuming on 109, but he recovered to slam 14 boundaries till lunch as Bangladesh wilted after the initial burst from their quick bowlers. He was to hit just two edged fours in the second session.

The second new ball was two overs old at the start, and Bangladesh could have had a wicket in each of the first four overs. Bravo edged Rubel Hossain's second delivery of the day and it nearly carried to the lone slip. Nearly. The word was to define Bangladesh's morning.

Samuels was dropped once and survived several times in the next three overs. He was beaten by both Rubel and Abul Hasan and edged both through the slips for fours. In the day's fourth over, an edge off Abul even carried low to first slip, but Naeem Islam was late to react. By now, Samuels must have realised it was his day, and three balls later, he thumped Abul through covers for four.

Smart stats

  • Marlon Samuels' 260 is his highest Test score and the second-highest by a West Indies batsman in the subcontinent. It is also the second-highest score in Tests against Bangladesh falling just short of Ramnaresh Sarwan's 261 in 2004.
  • Abul Hasan became the only player to score a century and concede over 100 runs in his debut Test. His economy rate (4.70) is the highest in an innings on debut for a Bangladesh player (min 20 overs bowled).
  • The number of balls faced by Samuels (455) is the highest by any batsman in an innings against Bangladesh. The previous highest was 425 balls faced by Jason Gillespie during his 201 in 2006.
  • Darren Bravo's century is his fourth in 21 matches. All four of them (two against Bangladesh) have come in the subcontinent.
  • The 326-run stand between Bravo and Samuels is the sixth-highest partnership for West Indies in Tests and their highest in away games. It is also the fourth-highest stand against Bangladesh.
  • Shivnarine Chanerpaul's century is his 27th in Tests and his second in consecutive games. It is also his third century in eight Tests against Bangladesh.
  • The 177-run stand between Samuels and Chanderpaul is the highest fourth-wicket stand for West Indies against Bangladesh and their fourth-highest stand for the fourth wicket in the subcontinent.
  • West Indies registered their second 500-plus total of the series. For the fourth time (first outside West Indies) since 2000, West Indies have made two 500-plus scores in the first innings in a series.

Bravo did the same to the next two deliveries, off Rubel, and West Indies were now galloping. Bravo was to add 42 to his overnight 85, but he might as well have been invisible, such was Samuels' assault.

Yet again, Shakib Al Hasan, who had troubled him on day two, almost dismissed Samuels today. Samuels had been exploiting the slowness of the Khulna pitch, which gave him ample time to stand front-on against the spinners and swing length deliveries over square leg. After doing the same to Shakib in the 102nd over, he tried repeating the stroke next delivery. The ball took the inside edge, hit the pad and rolled onto leg stump, but to Mushfiqur Rahim's utter disbelief, did not dislodge the bails. Samuels gleefully charged out and hit the last ball of that over for six down the ground.

Had Bravo not gone back to cut a quick and straight Gazi delivery and been hit on pad first, Bangladesh could have spent the break cursing their luck, which did not change in the afternoon. Rubel struck Samuels on the pad first ball on resumption, but a close shout was turned down. First ball of Rubel's next over, Samuels slashed and the edge flew over slip. He had further issues against Rubel, whose short deliveries did not rise enough to be ducked under, and did not come quickly enough to be pulled with timing. A tuck to leg off his 329th delivery brought up Samuels' first Test double century in what has easily been his most productive year.

Chanderpaul did not need the kind of fortune Samuels had. His pace of scoring was also more consistent across sessions. He made 52 off 96 in the second, and added 57 off 110 in the third. As he so often does, Chanderpaul began quietly. He opened up an hour after lunch to play several cuts, steers, and sweeps, and stepped out to lift Shakib for a straight six. Chanderpaul hit fewer boundaries after tea, but that made little difference to his strike-rate.

With the old ball difficult to time on the slow wicket, both Samuels and Chanderpaul went after the third new ball. The Bangladesh quicks were largely wayward with it, with Abul being taken for three fours in the 164th over. Previous edges had hardly carried, but Rubel finally got one to rear enough to take the shoulder of Samuels' bat and carry to gully.

Abul was taken off after that over, only his second with the third new ball. Gazi came on, and Chanderpaul lifted his first ball over mid-off to move to 99, and reached his hundred in the same over. Like Samuels had on day two, Chanderpaul also ended day three unbeaten on 109. Bangladesh would be hoping for the small mercy that Chanderpaul does not cut loose on Saturday morning, like Samuels did today.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by samincolumbia on (November 24, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

West Indies to declare after crossing 1000 runs or Shiv making 500, whichever comes first?!

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Samuel congratulations. you are making predictions about your goals in cricket. a double was one of your predictions and we have lived to see it come through, 260!I always knew you were a class act. you are now entering in the realms of greatness. you have finesse and panache. so trod onward to that pinnacle of success where the throne lies and kings dwell. My favourite cricketer . well done!mucho bravado!

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

West Indies you are on your way again.Remember the old days.

Posted by Ragav999 on (November 24, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

@Patrick Barrett:The cricket world does not really care about Gayle in test cricket. He is an average performer in the longer version. I believe the bowlers would be more concerned about trying to dismiss Chanderpaul and not spare a moment of thought for Gayle in test matches.

Posted by FOTO on (November 24, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

These BD batsmen should learn from Chanderpaul and Samuels.

Posted by djdrastic on (November 23, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

BD pitches are just awful really . I don't really understand why curators do this . It just leads to boring 1st innings runfests . Surely the ICC needs to have a look at uncompetitive wickets like this.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (November 23, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

Well all the BD supporters who just weren't ready to accept that their substandard team is not good enough to play test cricket will now hopefully agree that BD needs to give up it's place in the elite club and concentrate on lesser forms of the game like T20s and BPL. At the same time ICC should try a bring the top associate teams like Kenya, Ireland , Afghanistan to play test cricket.

Posted by landsite on (November 23, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

@Sean Emery Daniel,why should you drop any bowler who fail to take wickets on such a dead wicket,batsmen can feel free to walk down the wicket and hit any bowler and be safe from any problems.This is not the wicket to judge Narine or Permaul or any spinner.Narine just recently did extremely well against New Zealand in tests and ODI AND 20/20 AND THEY ARE BETTER THAN BD.Narine aso did very well against Australia,why do you want to drop him,he is new to test give him a chance.

Posted by TAPOREE on (November 23, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Coming to this match, if Gazi had any element of surprise for WI batsmen that captain of his has made him look totally mediocre by over-bowling him in the three innings. I am still unable to understand why did the he (captain) open the bowling with Gazi? Everyone knows on a dead pitch the only time a fast bowler can get a wicket is when the ball is new and hard. If there was any half or full chance created during the day's play, it was due to the two fast bowlers. Even two wickets claimed by Gazi in this match were both lucky wickets. Bangladesh for country's sake bring common sense into your action or stop playing test cricket. Also, please take the captaincy away from Mushfiq. He is an excellent keeper but not capable of captaing a team... even a club level team.

Posted by TAPOREE on (November 23, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Can someone tell me what is achieved by BD board by producing dead pitches? They were losing before and they are still losing, even on the dead pitches. Bangladesh never produced good batsmen however there were/are some good bowlers. BD batsmen, like water bubbles produced good innings very/very occasionally, however their bowlers always tried to make up what the batsmen lacked (i.e. batting). Means if Bangladesh has any realistic chance of winning a test, it will be through its bowlers. After the first test performances, and If BCB had any faith in Shakib and Gazi, they would have produced at least a more spinner friendly wicket for this match. But they were more afraid of Narine then having faith in Shakib and Gazi. Put it this way, In the first test 8 BD specialist batsmen failed to match the runs scored by WI batsmen, but the three bowlers + an all rounder matched the number of wickets taken by WI bowlers. So where does the chances of BD test victory lies? Decide yourself.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

What an entertaining series this has been!! Both Bangladesh and WI have the nucleus of good teams. It is clear that Bangladesh have moved on from Ashraful and Mashrafe, with those spots going to Tamim and Shakib. But they must have support from others. Mushfiqur seems to like captaincy and Mahmudullah is the perfect foil for him. WI also have lot of bowlers now, if Roach was fit then Bangladesh would have struggled to play him. Sammy is quite a Mike Brearley, a very good captain who pitches in very manfully with bat and ball.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Darren Bravo...played an incredible/disciplined knock...but I still feel..he cud have attacked a touch more...take a leaf out of Lara's book darren...dont get satisfied with a mere 100...go for the double n tripple tons and today a double ton was today there for the taking but u didn't change gears like Lara used to do....but I can foresee a lot of double tons from u in future.And bad luck Marlon...may be now I can now truly forgive U for running Lara out in his last intl inning...

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

It must be frightening to the Cricket world that West Indies could score in excess of 500 runs in consecutive matches without major contribution from Chris Gayle the most fearsome batsman on the planet.

Posted by altafcricketaddict on (November 23, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

hi all!! here is a point. bangladesh should not play tests with theavy wight teams. they should play with lower ranked teams like windies, new zealand. zimbabwe. ICC should give test status to holland, ireland and kenya. bangladesh should play test matches against these teams!!

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 23, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Bangla need to take a leaf out of India's pitch strategies and prepare wickets that help their spinners, the wickets must offer turn and bounce. Sure, they may lose some Tests but a chance of a win will greatly increase. As it stands, these DEAD, FLAT tracks at all of Bangla's Test venues only serve to offer class batsmen some easy pickings.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Lots of runs on a dead wicket. Just imagine a No. 9 batsman made a century.

This should be an easy win for WI. Surprised Gayle did not bowl an over in the first innings.

So much young talent. So much improvement. I still say two teams; one for tests and one for ODI's.

Only if West Indies can come up with two sections regionally to play this game internationally.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Bangladesh cannot chase a target of 250 while batting in second innings as we saw in first test. But while chasing a target of 450- 550 to avoid innings defeat will certainly score more than 400 runs in second innings or may even just avoid the innings defeat...Bangladesh plays with brave heart and like a tiger when task his very tough, but when it is very easy, they are very nervous and loose match...Good luck to Bangladesh from a fan in India.

Posted by landsite on (November 23, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

Well BD have fallen into their own trap setting up the most docile wicket to combat Sunil Narine.The second innings will be the same as the first test,BD will be beaten quite easily,Narine may even get some wickets.BD missed out here,a wicket helping bowlers may have resulted in a win for them in one of the test because they have good spinners.

Posted by ODOM1 on (November 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Good going team West Indies. They will need to score quickly and declare before lunch to get enough time bowl out Bangladesh. Good to see Samuel making significant runs after not scoring in the first game. Hats off to Bravo as well.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

runs runs and more runs!!! :) WI gonna make another 150 or even more maybe then declare by lunch of the forth day:) and hopefully bowled out banga in a day and a half

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

As I commented after BD scored heavily, WI are going to score at least double of what BD did ob this flat belter. And hence BD will crumble to an innings defeat. Et voila it's going to happen very soon, Just WI need to score a bit quickly now.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (November 23, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Aah the same Old story. Bangladesh never managed to play two good test in a row. Well they beat WI in two test but that was against a Side that we shouldnt even call WI 2nd XI. Its sad how BD bowler seemed clueless out there. I think BD gonna lose by Innings and 100+ run here. :(

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Really don't understand why Bangladesh prepare such a useless track got to feel for the amount of effort the bowlers put in with so little reward otherwise these big scores will always happen very unsporting. If we cannot save this test or take it to the very last session then the critics have a point I'm sorry to say.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

A cruel irony. Because Bangla have scored their runs so quickly(4.24R/R), WI were able to pace their reply. WI can bat until tea tomorrow and still give themselves a great chance of winning this match. Their current r/r will suffice. What a great reply. It is not about the opposition, it is about the commitment, dedication and application. A real positive sign, for WI cricket. ALL the best guys.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (November 23, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Whoa Abul Hasan had century scored (113 runs) while batting and he has done same while bowling by conceding 113 runs. I request Mushy not give extra over to Raju in this innings and to keep this record alive for ages.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Windies dominating on a batting friendly wicket, with Tino hurt Narine needs to have an impact or he will lose his spot to Shillingford in the Tests by next series. WI bowling reserves are very strong now with Roach, Gabriel & Johnson as quicks Shillingford, Bishoo, Brown, Benn & Miller as spinners waiting for an opportunity.

Posted by 777aditya on (November 23, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Amazing performance by the soon to be #1 test team - as it is no team apart from Australia have reached there and stayed for long. So, in this game of musical chairs, WI will reach there pretty soon! Well played Samuels, Bravo!, WI wall Chanderpaul, lagey raho! Poor Abul Hasan has been forgotten in a day!

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Slip fielding is rapidly slipping in quality..., all over the cricket playing nations... , it seems!

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