1st Test, Chattogram, Oct 21-25 2011, West Indies tour of Bangladesh
350/9d & 119/3d
(22 ov, target 226)
244 & 100/2
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Siddhartha Talya

Bangladesh enjoy better of rain-affected draw

In a Test with little to play for after two days lost to rain, Bangladesh enjoyed the better of a drawn contest after a strong show with the bat in both innings and a superior performance with the ball

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Nitin Sundar
Scorecard summary
Bangladesh350/9d(122.4 overs)1st Innings
West Indies244(68 overs)1st Innings
Bangladesh119/3d(42 overs)2nd Innings
West Indies100/2(22 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 223 runs
WI: 100/2CRR: 4.54 
Darren Bravo24 (28)
Kirk Edwards28 (55)
Naeem Islam2-0-4-0
Elias Sunny6-0-34-1

That then ends our coverage of this game. A real pity with the rain and drainage issues on the second and third days. This pitch would have been good for a full Test. Sid Talya's report has the details of how things panned out today. See you all for the second Test in a couple of days. Thanks a ton for all the lovely feedback that made the last two days fun. Cheers and goodbye from Nitin Sundar.

Presentations time:

Elias Sunny is but of course the Man of the Match. Just a reminder than Ashraful was also a debutant Man of the Match. "I enjoyed myself quite a lot on debut, I maintained the line and got the results."

Sammy: "We sort of expected the declaration and were mentally prepared for it. Bishoo had a slight knock while playing football, so he didn't get to bowl. Samuels stepped up well, our strategy with the ball was to play out time. The physio is monitoring Shiv closely, and hopefully we will have him and Simmons for the next game. The way we bowled our lines and restricted them on a hard pitch was good. Kirk, Bravo and Simmons put on some runs towards the end as well. Hopefully we can put up an improved performance in Dhaka."

Rahim: "We thought we will give our bowlers a chance with the declaration, and see if we can get them 4-5 down. It is difficult to score so many runs quickly on the final day, I was happy with how we batted before the declaration. A lot of positives in the game, but our batsmen need to stay on after getting starts and go big. We are very confident ahead of the next match."

Hands are shook, bails are dislodged, smiles break out and there is a lot of camaraderie as the match is called off one hour in advance. All moral wins go to Bangladesh here, and West Indies will be relieved knowing the Mirpur pitch won't spin so much.

"Was 8 an over over 15 overs with eight wickets in hand impossible?" We'll never know Pronoy, on a fifth day pitch. By the way, both teams had a hand in calling off the game. Neither believed it was worth the risk, and I can see where they are coming from.

"No wonder test cricket is dying. Thought 128 of 15 overs with 8 wickets was possible. Calling off the match when we have a situation like this is reasons why I support T20." Ken, I go with the players here. They have done pretty much everything they could to produce a result after losing 2 whole days to rain. And unlike us, the players' main motivation is not to force a result as much as to force a winning result. If they had hypothetically played this out, the team that ended up losing wouldn't have deserved it. Especially if that happened to be Bangladesh.

Naeem Islam to Bravo, 2 runs
sharp spin away from the bat, Bravo forces it off the outside half towards point for a couple.
Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
drifts onto the pads, defended to the leg side of the pitch.
Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
fuller length and more spin, defended to the off side.
Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
huge lbw appeal, turned down as Bravo leans comprehensively forward to defend. That seemed to be going down the leg side.
Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
on the pads, Bravo can't get the flick away.
Naeem Islam to KA Edwards, 1 run
turns in from outside off, worked to the square leg area.

This over could be the last of the match. Naeem to bowl with five men around.

end of over 219 runs
WI: 97/2CRR: 4.61 
Darren Bravo22 (23)
Kirk Edwards27 (54)
Elias Sunny6-0-34-1
Naeem Islam1-0-1-0
Elias Sunny to Bravo, FOUR runs
short ball spins in, but Bravo has enough room to time the cut away nicely for four through the covers. These 2 boundaries might weaken Bangladesh's resolve a touch.
Elias Sunny to KA Edwards, 1 run
short of a length, Kirk pushes it into the extra cover region.
Elias Sunny to KA Edwards, FOUR runs
this slipped out too, I guess. Full toss on the pads, Kirk slams it away through midwicket for four.

The ball has slipped out twice from Elias' grip in this over. Must have really sweaty fingers.,

Elias Sunny to KA Edwards, no run
Kirk drives adequately from the off stump line, but finds cover.
Elias Sunny to KA Edwards, no run
shorter ball, stays back and defends.
Elias Sunny to KA Edwards, no run
tossed up outside off, defended down the track.

Elias gets another spell.

end of over 201 runs
WI: 88/2CRR: 4.4 
Darren Bravo18 (22)
Kirk Edwards22 (49)
Naeem Islam1-0-1-0
Shakib Al Hasan6-1-34-1

They can call this off after 2 more overs. If Windies lose one more wicket in that time, Bangladesh may not want to go off.

Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
speared n the pads to end the over, defended sedately.
Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
Bravo leans out and proffers the full face as he defends.
Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
almost yorked on middle and leg, played to the leg side with the toe of the bat.
Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
length ball on leg stump, defended into the off side.
Naeem Islam to Bravo, no run
short of a length to Bravo, who cuts into the covers even as he is cramped for room.
Naeem Islam to KA Edwards, 1 run
tossed up outside off, he presses forward and defends. Single taken to the off side.

Naeem Islam comes on for some offies. He didn't bowl in the 1st innings.

Best performances - batsmen
Mushfiqur Rahim
68 runs (145)
5 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
19 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
DJG Sammy
58 runs (43)
8 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Elias Sunny
Shakib Al Hasan
Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
TossBangladesh , elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of Bangladesh
Player Of The Match
Elias Sunny
Series result2-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 2010
Hours of play (local time)9.30am start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days21,22,23,24,25 October 2011 (5-day match)
Test debut
Nasir Hossain
Elias Sunny
Kumar Dharmasena
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Enamul Haque
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft