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

Gayle slams first ball of match for six

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the day from the first day of the first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies in Mirpur

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

November 13, 2012

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Chris Gayle strikes one through the off side, Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 1st day, November 13, 2012
Chris Gayle punished Sohag Gazi's first over by smashing 18 runs, but couldn't dent the debutant's confidence © AFP
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Inevitable shock treatment of the day

There was an early surprise in store as debutant offspinner Sohag Gazi was given the first over of the match. If there were first-match nerves, they would have increased after Chris Gayle immediately launched into his bowling. Gayle shimmied down the track, and swung the first ball of the match high over the long-on boundary boards. After a ball slipped down the leg side for a leg-bye four, Gayle again lofted one, off the fourth ball, in the same direction but a lot higher. He ended the over with a push towards deep mid-off which fetched two runs and the over cost 18 runs.

Decision of the day

When Gazi got smashed in the first over, it became an early test of Mushfiqur Rahim's pluck. He persisted with the offspinner, who didn't stop giving the ball air. At the end of Gazi's third over, Gayle jumped out again but was squeezed for room and he mistimed one right into Mahmudullah's lap at long-off. Both captain and the debutant were overjoyed.

Shot of the day

Kieran Powell's second Test hundred featured some textbook shots, chief among which was the cover drive with the high-elbowed follow through. One of them was off Shakib Al Hasan, in the 48th over, when he found the gap between cover and mid-off and stood still as the ball raced to hit the rope. It took him into the nineties, where he spent 12 more deliveries before reaching his century.

Jig of the day

Shahadat Hossain used the short ball quite regularly in the second spell and within two overs, had Marlon Samuels pulling one straight to Gazi at deep square leg. As he stared down the dismissed batsman, Shahadat did a little jig, not quite the wildly popular Gangnam Style, but it had its own charm. The whistle and wink in the end wasn't entirely out of Samuels' gaze either.

Celebration of the day

Shivnarine Chanderpaul tickled one down the leg side and began celebrating in his century, kneeling down to kiss the track, though he was actually still on 99. Narsingh Deonarine immediately signalled from the dressing room that Chanderpaul needed one more to reach the milestone, which Chanderpaul got by taking a single off the next ball. Kumar Sangakkara made a similar error earlier this year, on 199, and to make things worse he was dismissed before reaching his landmark. On both occasions, it was the scorer of the big screen who made the error.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by delboy on (November 14, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Just imagine if WI scored at 7 an over. Come on Sammy put Extras on the subs bench, set the field properly and look to take wickets or contain..

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

Correction: Sanga was not dismissed, the other batsman was who eventually was the last man. So Sanga was not out on 199* and ran out of partners.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Sangakkara wasn't dismissed before reaching the mark. He remained not out..

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

:)..Celebration of the day.. Poor Kumara

Posted by SL_kamal on (November 13, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Kumara Sangakkara wasn't dismissed for 199 in that match agains Pakistan. Instead he was stranded on 199.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Dont think Kumar Sangakara was actually out,I think he was not out on 199.

Posted by swapnil.raj1 on (November 13, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

A correction: according to the scorecard of the Galle Test match, Sangakkara was left stranded not out on 199 and not dismissed as mentioned in this article.

Posted by Greecedevil on (November 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

well, Sanga wasnt out, he was not out on 199.

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