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The Wisden Bulletin
June 7, 2004
10.05 Bangladesh 284 and 66 for 3 (Collins 2-17) trail West Indies 559 for 4 dec (Sarwan 261*, Chanderpaul 101*) by 209 runs
Bangladesh have a long battle ahead of them if they are going to avoid a heavy defeat in the second Test at Sabina Park. They start the day needing at least 210 to make West Indies bat again, and with only seven wickets in hand. They may well have found themselves in an even more precarious position, were it not for a fighting 28 not out from Habibul Bashar which steadied the ship after his side had been reduced to 34 for 3.
A double-century from Ramnaresh Sarwan, ably supported by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, put West Indies firmly in control of the match yesterday. They added 262 for the fourth wicket after after losing Tino Best - the nightwatchman - early on in the day's play. And just to rub it in, Pedro Collins took 2 for 17 in the late afternoon to send Bangladesh hurtling towards what looked like inevitable defeat.
In the 20 overs at their disposal, the West Indians bowlers made short work of Bangladesh's top order. Collins struck first, trapping Hannan Sarkar leg-before for 10, while both Rajin Saleh (0) and Javed Omar (5) were both caught by Dwayne Smith, off the bowling of Collins and Tino Best respectively.
With the sky overcast before play began, Bangladesh's hopes will be raised by today's weather forecast, with showers and thunderstorms likely.
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