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

Twin delight for Powell


On the fourth day of the Dhaka Test, Kieran Powell became the first West Indies batsman to score hundreds in each innings of a Test since Brian Lara achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in Colombo 11 years ago. The only other West Indies opener to hit twin Test centuries is Gordon Greenidge in 1976, but Powell was more concerned about what awaits his team on the fifth day than in history.

Powell wasn't even aware of who he stood a chance of emulating with his 117 and 110, saying he was reminded by a member of the support staff the night before. "Last night I was speaking to my massage therapist and he told me that this is perfect opportunity to do something like this," Powell said. "I am not too sure how often it happened but I am happy that it happened to me."

After fielding for a day and a half, Powell's second-innings century has been a reflection of his marked improvement as a batsman in the past year. He has now scored three centuries this year, solidifying his position in the Test side. Even in the space of two innings, Powell has showed the maturity that has escaped many West Indies openers when batting in the subcontinent. He adjusted perfectly to the match situation and the pitch, playing a lot straighter in the second innings while he had played all around the wicket in the first innings.

He was however part of the reason West Indies are in a position of weakness as they slipped from 212 for 3 to 244 for 6 at stumps. Powell was the fourth wicket to fall when he misjudged a straighter delivery from Shakib Al Hasan, exposing two new batsmen. That too in the absence of the experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was ill and resting at the team hotel on the fourth day.

West Indies are 215 ahead with four wickets in hand, which Powell felt was a score from which they could push for a win. "I think we are still in a good position. I think once we get to 300 tomorrow we should be in a good position to look for a win or even trying to save the game.

"All we need to do tomorrow is to bat through the first session. Once we do that we should be in a safe position and then push forward from there. I think we have enough time considering the [state of the] wicket."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Great Job windies. management take note Narine is not a test bowler, shane shillingford have proven himself. narine is for limited overs and shane for test...

  • David on November 17, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Finally we have found someone to bat with Gayle and allow him to do what he does best!!! I think it might be time for Darren Bravo to be given a rest (not drop and forget him) but eat humble pie and bring back Sarwan! And then have Darren Bravo back after a few months off, too much cricket for his young age and often in the West Indies team, they think their place in the side is a for gone conclusion and become complacent. Let him fight for his place, its healthy. I know he scored 70 odd in the second innings but we need this on a more consistent basis. I'm sure he only knuckled down and concentrated because he saw the likes of Powell, Ramdin and Chanders get big scores and didn't want to miss out, he should be doing that everytime he puts on a WI shirt! Finally if we can't sort it out with Sarwan (like England have with KP) then we should get Dwayne Bravo back in, as he gives 100% everytime he plays.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Congrats my team, sammy, powell, my humble opinion Narine is not a test bowler. Shane shillingford took 10 wickets and was replaced by a limited overs bowler...surely weshould know better Gibson....shane for test and Narine for limited overs...all the big teams know this tactic, let's continue the growth windies....

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    @ Stephen can u tell me if any other batsman from any other team has achieved what Powell has done..

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Very Good West Indies...Kieran keep it up and do better...Good Captaincy Sammy! Best you did well and can do better..lets take it up higher.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @Stephen Kissoon, then why has no one else done it since its only Bangladesh??

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    useless player like junaid siddiq we have loose the game. he droped catches.

  • Derek on November 17, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @Stephen Kissoon, how often has the WI been forced to follow-on against India? WI has to cross each bridge as they come to them. You surely would like to see BD beating WI. The TEAM that performs better wins, simple as that. Against AUS , WI will start as underdogs , similarly against ENG, SA, PAK and IND; just as they did in the recent T20 series. This is a TEAM which is starting to turn the corner get use to the idea of not reading what you are used to about WI cricket.

  • Dominic on November 17, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    SAMMY! SAMMY! SAMMY! is Narine the only spinner in your team? wake up from your slumber and think man.... if west indies the captain and manager should take the blame.

  • Dominic on November 17, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    well done Kieran you have matured nicelly, continue dominating in Bangladesh. Lets see the improvement continue when you tour Australia. Come on Bravo let us hope you are returning to form, well bated.

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