Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 1st day November 13, 2012

West Indies ride on Chanderpaul, Powell tons


West Indies 361 for 4 (Chanderpaul 123*, Powell 117, Gazi 3-97) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Two left-handers, the youngest and oldest members of their side, combined to put West Indies in a dominant position on the first day in Mirpur. Bangladesh, playing their first Test this year, were competitive before lunch but faded against Kieran Powell and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who struck centuries on a good batting pitch. The highlight on a tough day for the hosts was the performance of debutant offspinner Sohag Gazi, who overcame the worst-possible initiation into Test cricket to finish with three wickets.

Powell and Chanderpaul batted determinedly after West Indies lost three wickets in the morning session. Unlike Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who got carried away after impressive starts, West Indies' two centurions focused on occupying the crease and seeing off the first few overs after the break when Bangladesh were still fresh from a wicket at the stroke of lunch. The first seven overs after the break yielded no boundaries, but Bangladesh could only contain for so long, as the pair gradually began to open up, calmly, without taking any undue risks.

Tall, solid in defence, Powell lacks flourish in his shot-making but is an excellent timer of the ball. That was on plentiful display, especially against the seamers, as was some adept footwork against Bangladesh's army of spinners. He was strong off the back foot against spin but also stepped out, launching Gazi over the in-field and driving him through the covers. His timing stood out against pace, and there were several opportunities thanks to a generous dose of overpitched deliveries from seamers Shahadat Hossain and Rubel Hossain. Extra cover, mid-off, mid-on and midwicket were his preferred scoring areas; he drove Shahadat for three consecutive boundaries in his new spell after lunch, and had displayed similar confidence in the morning as well.

When the field spread, Powell picked singles comfortably through point and deep square leg, showed no signs of nervousness as he approached three-figures and reached the landmark - his second in Tests - with a paddle past fine leg. At one stage after lunch, Powell and Chanderpaul hit 11 fours in eight overs. The bowling alternated between pace and spin and then stayed with spin, as captain Mushfiqur Rahim began shuffling his bowlers. There was turn but not much bounce, and nothing significantly threatening to the two set batsmen.

Powell had a reprieve when on 7, when he was caught after the ball ricocheted off the silly-point fielder's helmet, which according to the rules does not constitute a wicket. He was eventually bowled by the bowler who created that chance, Gazi got Powell for 117 when he missed a pull after tea, but Chanderpaul, who was part of a 125-run stand, by then had prepared himself for a long stay.

Chanderpaul's innings was typically workmanlike. He moved around the crease, swept, tickled the ball to the fine-leg boundary and was especially harsh when the spinners provided him with width, slashing them with ease past point. Just as Powell had done after lunch, Chanderpaul accelerated after tea, collecting four boundaries off Shakib Al Hasan's left-arm spin all round the ground. His opportunistic streak produced two boundaries in an over off Rubel - one of a full toss, the other just a firm push down the ground with the field up.

Chanderpaul's only moment of insecurity before reaching his century was the boundary that took him to 95, a nervy chip that fell just short of mid-on. A scoreboard error meant he celebrated prematurely after clipping Nasir Hossain for a four, taking off his helmet, raising his arms and kissing the ground, but reached his 26th Test ton next ball with a single. Denesh Ramdin gave Chanderpaul good company in another productive stand, collecting some easy boundaries off short deliveries doled out by Rubel, and reached his own fifty before the close.

The runs flowed in the morning as well. Chris Gayle may forget the moment but the debutant Gazi will likely remember it for the rest of his life as the first ball of the Test was smashed for a six over long-on. Gazi's first over went for 18, but Mushfiqur continued with him, pushed long-off back and, soon enough, Gayle stepped out to loft one inside-out straight to the fielder. Gazi had a role to play in each of the three dismissals before lunch. He also got rid of Darren Bravo and caught Samuels at deep square leg; both batsmen had built promising stands with Powell, but it was their most illustrious team-mate who guided Powell and West Indies to a position of control.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Utpal Khardenavis

    i feel bad for you buddy ;)

  • Derek on November 14, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    I do not care whether Gayle goes for 0 or 333 such is the fate of an OPENER. The guy bring a degree of anticipation and entertainment to the sport. We want to attract a larger PAYING audience in order to sustain this sport. If Gayles exploits get people switching on to see who can get him first ball or whether he is hitting six sixes an over then he is doing a great part of his job. I am more concern of how the rest of the team respond if Gayle or for that matter any other member of the team fails. I recall the days when the rest of the team went to sleep while Lara did his work. He revelled in accolades while the TEAM was also ran. People will say this is only BD but you can only deal with the opposition put in front of you. A string of wins against minnows helps when you are involved in rankings.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    I believe its the time that test status should be given to Ireland now.. They could give a better fight to WI at least in their own country..

  • Yoker on November 14, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Soo much of hype about the IND vs ENG test which has not even yet started and i didn't even know Westindies was scheduled to play a test and is already playing.. comeon CRICINFO. Cricket is not made in INDIA. show some love..

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    we are hopfull we will allways wish good for bangladesh untill end of life

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    With West Indies scoring 361 runs for the loss of 4 wickets by end of the first day, in a seemingly strong position, The Shiv should flex his muscles and go after the Bangladeshi bowling.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    i hope that next day there will be an early wicket . no hope for bd cricketers ................. next day ramdin 70 , chanderpol 160 ..... nearly 500 declare .then bd team go for 275 in 1st innings ...... we need more test playing cricketers (specially pacers )

  • Twohedul on November 13, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Being a BD fan, I strongly believe that do not need so many players who does a bit of batting and a bit of bowling or more commonly known as allrounders! Atleast not in test cricket. Considering Bangladesh's not very effective fast bowling line up, Bangladesh should play with 3 specialist spinners and 2 pacers. 6 genuine batsmen and 5 genuine bowlers is the ideal combination for test crciket. If you have an allrounder like shakib, thats a plus to include one extra batsman. And the other thing is if Rubel is only going to bowl 6 overs a day, what is the point for taking him? Instead another spinner could have easily included. So what no other team plays with only 1 pacer and 3 or 4 spinners, we need to think outside the box to match our strengths and weakness! The other option could have been is to pick Nazmul as Rubel is only retuning from injury and anyway as mentioned by many here his average is not that great, Nazmul has a lot better average than Rubel and has control and swing.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    good start wi but this is against a weak team, your credibility will be against good team, hope you do well when u play test against next team. sawifan you are right, it seems to me ban pacers are absolutely ineffective for test, only need luck to get a wicket (like how shahadat hossain got his wicket). I think if elias sunny and enamul huq played in place of shahadat and rubel, ban would have done better.

  • Shoaib on November 13, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I don't understand why Rubel and Shahadat are chosen instead of Mashrafe and Nazmul who are by far the best pacers in Bangladesh. Their test record is much much better than these two. Also instead of having so many all-rounders in the team, pick another specialist spinner i.e. Sunny. If you're not performing then you shouldn't be picked despite how popular or good you are. Shakib bowling over the last 3 months is average and is clearly out of form shouldn't have played so many T20 games. I'm not personally happy of Rahim captaincy because there's just too many mistakes within his decisions. Shakib should be vice-captain so he can assist Rahim as I feel Mahmudullah isn't doing much.

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