Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 1st day

West Indies ride on Chanderpaul, Powell tons

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

November 13, 2012

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West Indies 361 for 4 (Chanderpaul 123*, Powell 117, Gazi 3-97) v Bangladesh
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Shivnarine Chanderpaul celebrates his century, Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, 1st day, Mirpur, November 13, 2012
Shivnarine Chanderpaul reached Test century No. 26 © AFP

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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Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

@Utpal Khardenavis

i feel bad for you buddy ;)

Posted by delboy 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.

Posted by   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..

Posted by Yoker111 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..

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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 )

Posted by TwohedulAzam 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Warm_Coffee 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.

Posted by wiseshah on (November 13, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Bangladesh team selection is eratic. How could u leave enam jr who is in superb form, taking 5 wkt every single matches. Where is anamul hauque or mominul hauque. U can win a test match wirh 5 offform player

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

'Old Man River' What a remarkable individual. Yes, that man Shiv, just knows how to get the job done. Nice to see Powell & Ramdin among the runs. Not bad going from WI. Need to press home this advantage.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

The fiest day goes to the WI ......well played Chander paul and Powell.........

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

congrats to shivnarine chanderpaul on scoring another hundred hope Ramdin stays and play a very long innings with SHIV

Posted by lyl67 on (November 13, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Master blaster Gayle intended that the new debutant would remember his introduction to test matches however he had the last laugh today, i am sure he will be taught a lesson before the series ends.Well done the batters except Bravo who seem to have lost his touch, hope he improves soon, othewise someone else willbe challenging for his place.

Posted by Milonedru on (November 13, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Whats wrong in sellecting Mashrafee? He usually bowls 10 overs a day in ODI whereas Rubel has bowled only 9 in day one.

Posted by Jawwad123 on (November 13, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Nazmul would've been a much better option in place of "no-balling, lineless, lenghtless, paceless, jerky, expensive than diamond" Shahadat! Elias Sunny must've played as the 3rd spinner in place of Naeem also considering his ability to bat. Shakib should've been given more overs to bowl and the responsibility of setting the field rather than mushfiq. And Rubel should've been given more time to get back his rhythm(It seems like he's forgotten how to reverse swing the all and has also lost quite a lot of pace) before calling him into the team- Abul Hasan or more experienced Shafiul could've been a better option.

Posted by abs.liton on (November 13, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Today's Mirpur's pitch wasn't friendly with spinners except debutant Sohag Gazi. Two pacers delivered the balls without any plan. In test cricket, bowlers should't look forward to getting help from pitch, rather they should think how they can dominate the batsmen and get the wickets. Besides bowlers should bowl straight to the batsman so that he can bound to play every ball as a result he may do mistake. As a cricket fan I've just share my opinions. Best of luck my team Bangladesh and Gangnam team West Indies. :)

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

@tanstell87...Ashraful cannot even score 20 runs in NCL he had his chance and fails to deliver.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Amazing on the amount of centuries that have been scored at Shere-e-Bangla since it was established in 2006. Including 2 today that's 57 centuries in total in all forms. Spinners were okay but both fast bowlers no surprise were awful.

Posted by naz15 on (November 13, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

@sawifan im so glad you metioned nazmul and rasel these guys should have been picked because bowlers like rubel and shahadat are rubbish and never learn always bowling short in wrong field settings costing the team. I do not know why nazmul is never picked for test because he can have a far major impact than rubel and shahadat put together

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Well said Sawi fan, it's strange that Rubel Hossain has a decent ODI record (48 wickets at 32) but such a dreadful record in tests (and fc cricket for that matter). Nazmul Hossain would have been a much better bet (5 test wickets at 38, 44 ODI wickets at 31 and 80 fc wickets at 27). He bowled a couple of very good spells against Pakistan last year and has good control and swings the ball nicely.

Bangladesh really should have picked another spinner rather than going in with 7 batsmen + Mushfiqur, and only 3 specialist bowlers. How often has an offspinner bowled the first over of a test, and for that matter how often has the first ball of a test gone for 6?!

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 13, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Runs are too many should've been less than 299 runs but given the amount of experience the West Indies has, should win as expected.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Far too many runs conceded 100 too many! I don't know what kind of pitch they prepared but heard our fast bowlers like usual bowled far too short no surprises. Congrats though to Sohag Gazi on his debut.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 13:03 GMT)


Posted by drtrinileggie on (November 13, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

@ SirViv1973. Is 50+ ok for you!!

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Welcome to the Subcontinent Chanders. Ur home breeze is bringing the best in u,i believe

Posted by tanstell87 on (November 13, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Indian fan here...i would say Bangladesh should look to play out for draws & eventually they will start winning....Bangladesh should bat big in 1st innings & should not think of outcome of the game......i am disappointed that Ashraful my favourite Bangladeshi cricketer apart from Mortaza is missing this match....Ashraful is just not given any time to settle in after he gave up the captaincy...

Posted by BG4cricket on (November 13, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Like you sawifan I am an Aussie who would love to see the Bangas do well. The debutant did well with 3 wickets and bowling over 30 tidy overs but this is a sad indictment on the rest of the attack who could only manage 3 maidens (to his 6) and in total the bowlers gave away 51 boundaries. Put simply they need to build pressure through tighter bowling. They do not have a strong attack but they need to maximise their assets effectively. The good thing they could take away from the AUS vs SA test is that it is possible to regroup on the second day and fight back into the game - here's hoping they can.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 11:42 GMT)


Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Almost 400 runs in a day should put all the chatter about Bangladesh's so-called vaunted spin attack to rest at least in the WI first turn at the crease. Congrats go to the youngster Powell who seems to be going from strength to strength at Test level. Hope he continues to always bat sensibly. Old stager Chanders was simply workmanlike in his innings thus far as is his usual approach to batting. Congrats to him too.

Gayle gave it away in such a manner that would make one think he was still in SL playing in the recently-concluded WT20 tournament. Hope Ramdin will able to get a ton and silence his critics such as myself even if only temporarily. Looking good WI. Keep your collective feet on the pedal and crush your opponent.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (November 13, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Bangladesh getting hammered again :( WI played like its was a ODI match. Rubbish performance from BD but it was expected :@

Posted by cricdiehard25 on (November 13, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

The 'tiger' among' Tigers' is well at home! Continue the good work that you and Powell began, Chanders! Congrats to debutant Gazi, too.

Posted by spanishwestindian on (November 13, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Magnificent innings from Powell, but someone needs to teach him not to throw his wicket away after he gets 100. The same thing happened against NZ. He needs to settle in again and protect the middle oreder, especially as we're only playing 5 specialist bats.

Posted by Meety on (November 13, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

@SirViv1973 on (November 13 2012, 05:51 AM GMT) - most of the tail are allrounders.

Posted by sawifan on (November 13, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

I'm an Aussie, and a huge fan of the Bangladesh cricket team, but they really need to stop picking no-performers like Rubel Hossain. Obviously fast bowling isn't a strength of the BAN team, but with an ave of 84+ after 12 tests, clearly he is not, and will not be of test quality. He averages 60+ in 1st class cricket for heaven's sake, why does anyone think he'll do better in tests!! 12 tests is more than enough to gauge a player. Why aren't players such as Syed Rasel or Sajidul Islam given another go?! They last played tests 5 - 4 years ago respectively, and we're only given a few tests (and still have better records than Rubel, not to mention they both have sub-30 1st class aves. And what about Nazmul Hossain?! Rubel, is not test quality, plain and simple, and if you're only going to use him for 6 overs a day, pick another spinner, thats the BAN teams bowling strength. BAN can't go forward with these selections. And its frustrating (even as a neutral supporter).

Posted by delboy on (November 13, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

An almost perfect team performance. 4.01 runs per over on day one is 'good' I hope Ramdin comes in tomorrow with a PERSONAL target firm in his mind that if he kicks on and get a century by lunch WI can look to declare their first innings giving the bowlers an opportunity to bowl Bangladesh out twice. Chanders too can better his highest test score. I hope to see a 560-4 declaration by lunch on day 2.

Posted by delboy on (November 13, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

With application 450 first inning score is more than possible. A good start; let's hope EXTRAS has not been selected.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Have to pick up 3/4 more wickets by today. Best of luck tigers :)

Posted by ziggy500 on (November 13, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

has any one else seen that good old david boon is match referee

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 13, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Best of luck for Gazi. He made an outstanding debut conceding a 6 at the 1st delivery then coming back with best per4mance of the session.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (November 13, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

That's an extremely long tail with Ramdin at 6!

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

I hope gazi can keep it up and prove this isn't beginner's luck. All the best Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Good Luck, Shohag Gazi. And of-course, welcome to Bangladesh Test Team.

Posted by Meety on (November 13, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

I'd of selected Anamul haque.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

Its seem to be a good test match to watch.. Keep going Tigers

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