Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day November 16, 2012

Mirpur Test comes alive after late wickets


West Indies 527 for 4 dec and 244 for 6 (Powell 110, Bravo 76, Rubel 2-35) lead Bangladesh 556 (Naeem 108, Nasir 96, Shakib 89, Rampaul 3-118) by 215 runs
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As it often happens on the subcontinent, the first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies burst open with possibilities out of nowhere in the last hour on day four. From the safety of 209 for 1, West Indies lost 5 for 35 in the space of 13.1 overs. They still lead by 215 going into the final day, but with the ill Shivnarine Chanderpaul uncertain to bat tomorrow, there is hardly any batting left. Though it still looks unlikely, this may well be Bangladesh's best chance to achieve what would be their first Test win against top opposition.

They have already made a huge statement for a side playing its first Test in a year by posting their highest total, 556. It beat the 488 they had made against Zimbabwe in Chittagong in January 2005. They also took the first-innings lead for only the ninth time in 74 Tests as Nasir Hossain cut loose in the first session.

After the euphoria of the morning, it seemed the final session would be a letdown for the vocal Mirpur holiday crowd when Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo motored towards a double-hundred partnership. However, Bravo's dismissal was to start a cascade of wickets.

Having batted with stylish authority for his 76, Bravo slashed a Rubel Hossain delivery to the wicketkeeper. The pitch, which had done next to nothing till now, suddenly made its presence felt. In the next over, Marlon Samuels watched in disbelief as a Sohag Gazi offbreak reared from good length, took the inside edge and flew to forward short leg.

Despite Chanderpaul not coming out at his designated No. 5 position, Powell - who became only the second West Indies opener after Gordon Greenidge to make a hundred in each innings - and Denesh Ramdin seemed to have quietened things again. It was to be the interval amid the twin storms.

Shakib Al Hasan, who had been carted around, struck in successive overs with arm balls - Powell edged one behind, Ramdin was trapped in front off the other. With no sign of Chanderpaul, debutant Veerasammy Permaul walked in. He drove Shakib for consecutive fours but the other debutant in the game, Gazi, bowled him off the last ball of the day with one that did not turn as much as the batsman expected. Darren Sammy survived two close lbw shouts from Shakib to round off the evening's chaos, which hardly anyone could have foreseen given the way Powell and Bravo were going.

After Chris Gayle fell cheaply to Rubel, Powell and Bravo grew in confidence to toy with the attack. Both used their feet well to spin, and slithered down every now and then to hit boundaries as the pitch refused to degenerate into a day-four subcontinent turner.

Bravo drew more comparisons with his famous uncle as he dispatched Shahadat Hossain for fours through the covers. Powell drove and steered Rubel for three fours in the 50th over to become only the ninth West Indies batsman to make two hundreds in a Test. Powell should not have made more than 17, but Bangladesh squandered two opportunities when they put him down off successive deliveries in the 16th over off Shahadat.

Shahadat had played his part with the bat in the morning, when he hung around for 29 deliveries to help Nasir carry Bangladesh past 550. The hosts made an emphatic start to the day when Mahmudullah punched the first delivery from Sunil Narine to the deep cover rope. Mahmudullah became the fourth Bangladesh batsman to go past fifty this innings, but also became the third to fail to convert it into a hundred when Narine got one to kick in for a catch to forward short leg.

Narine's first wicket had taken 158 deliveries, but he had the second four balls later when he bowled Gazi. Narine's belated relief was also to be short-lived as Nasir took charge after Mahmudullah's departure.

Nasir started the day on 33 off 75 deliveries; he went on to take 63 off the next 61. What stood out in his knock was the calm manner in which he attacked the spinners, who were lofted and slog-swept for boundaries. But he was to join Tamim Iqbal and Shakib, both of who had fallen short of centuries earlier. Tino Best bowled a sucker ball, full, slow and wide outside off, and Nasir edged it to wide slip on 96.

Nasir's was the third wicket to fall today, and seven more were to follow to make it ten for the day. That was as many as had gone down in the first three days put together. The pitch might not have turned alarmingly, but this game certainly has.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • M_Rakibul_Islam on November 17, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    U've missed another smart stat Abhishek Purohit. BD 1st innings was the 3rd LONGEST innings according to number of overs (148.3) they played. Their longest innings was vs IND on Debut test (153.3) in 2000 & 2nd longest one (149.3) vs ZIM when they scored 488 in 2005.

  • Meety on November 17, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    I say this at the completion of the WIndies 2nd innings, I don't care what the result is, just that Bangladesh have entered the final day with some genuine chance of winning. I would say that must be pleasing for banga fans. == == == For about 2 years, I have been predicting that Bangladesh will become a tough plave to tour, as I have felt the Bangladesh side have improved immensely over the last 3 years. Unfortunately they keep finding ways to go backwards. This is the type of side I have wanted the selectors to pick for a long while. A long batting line up, with good spinning options. I'd prefer they drop Rubel for another spinner. Anyways well done. == == == Tough going for WIndies - shame Shiv is not 100%!

  • dummy4fb on November 17, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    245 run in 77.4 over,tigers will do it.

  • dummy4fb on November 17, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    well Bangladesh set 245 to win hopes Sammy knows he has 4 spinners :Gayle,Samuels,V.Permaul and Narine !

  • howahluvmehwestindies on November 17, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Bangladesh in with a good chance of a win...well done tigers!! Win or lose, thank you for giving this test match an ending that should be very exciting. West Indies...well, what can I say but fight fellas, fight till the end!

  • dummy4fb on November 17, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Interestingly poised Test match. If WI offer Bang about 275-300 for a victory, I really can't see the latter pulling it off. But we shall see. Go Windies, go. Bring home the bacon for us.

  • dummy4fb on November 17, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    c'mon WI we have a much better bowling attack !Sammy has failed to utilise his all rounders esp gayle and samuels to reduce the strain of the other bowlers! need to post another 100 and bowl bangladesh out !

  • dummy4fb on November 17, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    nothing to say ,just hoping 4 a bangladesh win to shut up sum ppls mouth :/

  • sfarazi on November 17, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Now this is a real competition and perhaps one that Sehwag should be watching as well since he was bold enough to insult Bangladesh once again. Yes, Bangladesh isn't consistent and have given away their wickets cheaply but I think it's very unprofessional of Sehwag to make such comments about any team. My advice to Sehwag: Mate just concentrate on your own team's weaknesses. Bangladesh don't need 'constructive criticism' from you. Anyways, good luck to Bangladesh and may we have a fantastic 5th day!

  • dummy4fb on November 17, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    guys put your prediction down on here..I think this is gonna be draw. what do you think?

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