Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 2nd day November 14, 2012

Bangladesh swift in reply to WI's 527


Bangladesh 164 for 3 (Tamim 72, Rampaul 2-49) trail West Indies 527 for 4 dec (Chanderpaul 203*, Ramdin 126*, Powell 117, Gazi 3-145) by 363 runs
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At one end was Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who took seven-and-a-half hours to make his second Test double hundred. At the other end was Tamim Iqbal, who hit so many boundaries in his 72 that he turned the single into an event. In the end, Bangladesh were halfway towards the follow-on mark, at the cost of their top order.

West Indies didn't lose a wicket in two sessions today, with Denesh Ramdin making a hundred and putting on 296 with Chanderpaul. After Darren Sammy declared with Chanderpaul having equalled his highest Test score, West Indies did lose their bearings for a bit, though, as Tamim, along with Shahriar Nafees briefly, entertained the sparse crowd with a thrill-a-minute show of unrestrained hitting.

Bangladesh tend to regularly indulge in such shows, but they generally prove to be self-consuming in Test cricket. Tamim and Nafees both fell to urges to manufacture outrageous strokes, and it was down to Naeem Islam and Shakib Al Hasan to shut down the thrill store for the evening.

Tamim's first boundary was fortuitous, when a lifter from Ravi Rampaul took the edge and flew over the slip cordon. A similar, and better targeted, snorter soon consumed Junaid Siddique. Then began the Tamim-and-Nafees display. It barely lasted eight overs, fetched Bangladesh 63 runs, 52 of which came in boundaries. The highlight was Tamim's assault on Tino Best, who was punched, pulled and driven for four fours in an over.

The suicidal moments arrived soon enough. After hitting seven fours in his 31, Nafees flailed at one too close to him, and was caught behind off Rampaul. Tamim carried on a while longer and hit Sunil Narine for two sixes in three deliveries before somehow managing to tennis-forehand a short and wide Sammy delivery to short mid-on.

The frenzied action was in stark contrast to the calm manner in which Chanderpaul and Ramdin took West Indies to an imposing score. They batted nearly three sessions, and their near-triple century stand came at a healthy rate of 3.57 runs an over.

Chanderpaul, troubled a few times in the morning by the quicks, but otherwise in control, kept leaving offerings outside off stump, but still managed to outscore Ramdin. Chanderpaul hit fewer boundaries on the day than Ramdin, and went about his job unobtrusively as usual. Singles were picked regularly, deliveries were worked from off through midwicket, and he did enough to let Bangladesh know who was in charge.

What stood about Ramdin's innings was his desire to bat long - he was at the crease for five-and-a-half hours. He did loft the spinners for a few boundaries after getting to his second Test hundred of the year but before that, he had gone through several periods of denial, refusing to go after innocuous stuff from the tiring spinners.

For a side that had conceded 361 on the first day, Bangladesh started promisingly. They restricted the batsmen, and even created a few opportunities, but fortune and consistency continued to desert them. The home side could have had an opening off the second ball of the day when the tireless debutant Sohag Gazi beat Ramdin in the flight. But to sum up Bangladesh's morning, not only did the ball turn past the stumps, it also beat the wicketkeeper.

The second over, bowled by Rubel, held more pointers to the day. Rubel sprayed the first ball down the pads to concede four leg-byes, offered enough width outside off on the fourth to be taken for four to third man and Ramdin's slash eluded gully off the fifth to go for another boundary.

Bangladesh managed to at least slow things down considerably. They did not have any wickets to show for their effort, but a first-session run-rate of 2.71 was evidence enough of how much two well-set batsmen had to work for their runs. However, Bangladesh's fight evaporated after lunch.

One of their fast bowlers, Shahadat Hossain, didn't bowl in the second session, the other, Rubel, bowled just two overs, and Tamim sent down only his fifth over in Tests. Shakib was reduced to bowling flat and wide outside off stump. Gazi ended up sending down 47 overs in his debut.

Chanderpaul motored along at his own pace all day and eventually brought up his double with a dab past point for two in the 143rd over. An over later, Sammy called his men back. The pitch had remained largely sedate, and he would need all the time to enable his bowlers to take 20 wickets. As it turned out, Bangladesh have already gifted him two.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sami on November 15, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Once Bangladesh can sort out the off-field issues and produce decent pace bowlers than we'll surely climb. Also in this test match and many more before it, all our players are in their 20s the 'youngest' of all test nations so our future is clear and set cheers everyone! ;)

  • Sami on November 15, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @Micky Tool - lool I think you need to eat your own words now first test after almost a year and they're giving West Indies a tough game not bad for a 'minnow'. That's why teams do not want to face us. Looks like Cubs are slowly but surely growing into the Tigers :)"

  • Sami on November 15, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @legaleagle - Seriously!, West Indies would rather tour many more times to Bangladesh even if was so one-sided than tour Pakistan at the moment. I think you spoke way too soon bro :) :P

  • Faiz on November 15, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Bangla tiger rocks on day 3 with...good test skills fro sakib and of luck for bangladesh

  • atlas on November 15, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    @micky tool i thought cricket is a game and all games play because entertaining.m i right? If bngla fan ok with that so o also ok.cause i personally like batter who score fast.i have no problem for those who play slowly but then i just watch highlit.i dont how others watch slow batting but it the end every one have there opinion why who wanna watch slow batting bashing those who play positively?

  • roket on November 15, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @Legaleagle: I have to really wonder if you have personal hatred against the BD team, what have they really done to you? The game is 2 days into a 5 day match, and while WI has the upper hand currently, the BD is not in a losing position based on numbers, at least not yet. What value does your facetious comment add to this situation? At least wait till BD loses before passing your hateful comments. Maybe you did not hear this while growing up " If you don't have anything nice to say, better not say anything at all!" If WI fails to win this match, you will have to eat your big words, just like you did after BD thrashed Ireland, a series you predicted so wisely that BD will most certainly lose earlier this year!:-)

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Bang's bats are playing as if they all have pregnant wives who are in labor and need to get home quickly. My, my, my. What was the rush? Did they ever hear about building an inning rather than playing one? With this type of approach to the game, it's easy to see why Bang hasn't improved significantly in more than a decade of playing Test cricket. They should be further along by now. They play like enthusiastic schoolboys. It's sad because they have some talented players. Hope WI mop the floor with them.

  • victoria on November 15, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    The current West Indies team made 527 for 4 wickets in a test match! This is surprising. The pundits say that this current West indies team is like Tendulkar; when they want to beat up a team in test cricket, they play against Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Good batting from Tigerpaul and the rest of WI. Wouldn't it be nice to see Chanderpaul's 19-yr old son make his debut alongside him. This would boost Test Cricket to the MAX.

  • RAHUL on November 15, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    What was Tamim thinking? He should play for the whole day and Shariar and construct 200 runs partnership like Ramdin and Chanderpaul. Junaied should be given no chances, he is the most under performed national player. Bangladesh has a good batting lineup after Shakib and Naeem. There is Mushfiq, Mahamadullah and Nasir and if I say so from the NCL, Shoag Gazi is a good batsmen as well. Lets just hope for a 200 run partnership in the third wicket.

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