Bravo's breakthrough as Windies dominate

Mirpur, Bangladesh - Darren Bravo scored his first international century while Kirk Edwards missed his second of the match as West Indies tightened their grip over Bangladesh in the second Test on Monday.

After removing the three remaining Bangladesh wickets in just over an hour to earn a 124-run first innings lead, the dominant tourists finished day three on 207-3 to brighten their victory prospects after three days at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

West Indies now lead by 331 runs with Bravo on n attacking 100 not out and nightwatchman Kemar Roach on four not out at the crease. Bravo sparkled in a 151-run third wicket stand with Kirk Edwards (86) before left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo broke the partnership.

Edwards, who hit 121 in the first innings, survived a scare on 69 when Shakib Al Hasan appealed for a catch off pacer Rubel Hossain only for the umpires to rule in the batsman's favour. Replays suggested that the ball touched the ground before reaching Shakib, who was fielding at midwicket.

Shuvo denied Edwards his second century of the match though, bowling him with a fuller length delivery. Overall Edwards faced 204 balls and hit seven fours and a big straight six.

Bravo made the most of two reprieves he received on 45 when Mushfiqur Rahim and Imrul Kayes dropped him in the same Shakib over. Bravo brought up his maiden Test century with two runs off the last ball of the day bowled by Shuvo. It came off 165 balls with seven fours and two sixes.

West Indies lost their scoreless opener Kraigg Brathwaite to the second ball of their second innings when Naeem Islam ran him out with a direct throw. Shakib gave Bangladesh their second success in the second session when he had Kieran Powell caught by Nasir Hossain for 12 before Bravo and Edwards took over.

Earlier, Bangladesh, resuming on 204 for seven wickets, could add only 27 runs in 17 overs before being dismissed for a first innings total of 231. The West Indies bowlers displayed rare discipline, conceding no extra runs, which should please a team that travels to India this week to play three Tests and five One-Day Internationals.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo deceived overnight batsman Shuvo (15) with a flighted delivery to give West Indies their first success of the morning with Brathwaite taking the catch at forward short-leg.

The dismissal exposed the Bangladesh tail, prompting overnight batsman Nasir Hossain (42) to go for a slog sweep against Marlon Samuels that found Edwards at deep midwicket.

Bishoo, who finished with 3-62, bowled Shahadat Hossain (4) to give West Indies a 124-run first innings lead. Fidel Edwards, who ripped out the Bangladesh top order on Sunday, ended with 5-63

West Indies 1st innings 355 
Bangladesh 1st innings
(overnight 204-7) 
Tamim Iqbal c Bravo b F. Edwards 14         
Imrul Kayes c Brathwaite b F. Edwards 29         
Shahriar Nafees c Bravo b F. Edwards 7           
Raqibul Hassan lbw b F. Edwards 0           
Mushfiqur Rahim c Chanderpaul b F. Edwards 0           
Shakib Al Hasan b Bishoo 73         
Naeem Islam run out (Chanderpaul) 45        
Nasir Hossain c K. Edwards b Samuels 42         
Mohammed Suhwaradi Shuvo c Brathwaite b Bishoo 15 
Shahadat Hossain b Bishoo 4 
Rubel Hossain not out 2 
TOTAL (all out; 68 overs) 231 
Fall of wickets: 1-14 2-36 3-46 4-46 5-59 6-143 7-195 8-225, 9-225. 
Bowling: F. Edwards 13-0-63-5, Roach 9-0-52-0, Sammy 10-3-32-0, Bishoo 23-4-62-3, Samuels 13-2-22-1.
West Indies 2nd innings
Kraigg Brathwaite run out 0 
Kieran Powell c Nasir b Al Hasan 12 
Kirk Edwards b Shuvo 86 
Darren Bravo not out 100 
Kemar Roach not out 4
Extras (lb2 nb3) 5 
TOTAL (3 wickets; 71 overs)     207 
Fall of wicket: 1-0 2-33 3-184
Bowling: Rubel 9-2-22-0 (nb-2), Nasir Hossain 16-3-49-0, Shakib 17-1-62-1, Naeem Islam 7-2-13-0, Shuvo 15-2-32-1, Shahadat 3-0-15-0 (nb-1), Raqibul 4-0-12-0.

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 05:59