Chanderpaul, Powell lead WI dominance
DHAKA, Bangladesh – Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kieran Powell, two left-handers at the opposite end of the career spectrum, both stroked hundreds, as West Indies dominated the first Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday here.
Chanderpaul finished on 123 not out and Powell got 117, propelling the visitors to 361 for four in their first innings at the close on the opening day at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Chanderpaul, playing his 145th Test, and Powell, making his 12th appearance, added 125 for the fourth wicket, after West Indies had stuttered to 106 for three moments before lunch.
Chanderpaul has struck 17 fours from 195 balls in 239 minutes and Powell hit 18 fours and a six off 178 balls in 243 minutes.
When Powell departed after tea to give debutant off-spinner Sohag Gazi his third wicket, Chanderpaul remained to add 130 – unbroken – for the fifth wicket with Denesh Ramdin, who was unbeaten on 52 when stumps were drawn.
Gazi has been the most successful Bangladesh bowler with 3-97 from 32 overs, finishing the day strongly, after Chris Gayle created history, when he lofted the first ball of the match from the off-spinner for a straight six in an opening over that cost 18.
It was the first time in the history of Tests that the first ball of the match was struck for a six.
Gayle made 24 before he tried a similar stroke off the same bowler and was caught at long-off inside the first hour.
Darren Bravo was caught at point off Gazi for in the second hour and Marlon Samuels fell in the final over before lunch, when he mistimed a pull and was caught at deep mid-wicket for 16 off Shahadat Hossain.
Powell reached his 50 shortly after lunch with a four off Shahadat and led the charge, as Chanderpaul typically dug in.
Powell swept Shakib Al Hasan to deep fine leg for his 16th boundary to reach his milestone from 166 balls.
He greeted Shahadat’s return for an afternoon spell with three successive boundaries, but he was bowled seven balls after tea, when he was bowled pulling over the top of a delivery from Gazi.
Chanderpaul inched his way to his hundred and a scoreboard error led to early celebrations, but he got a single from the next delivery to confirm his hundred.
He and Ramdin batted through the remainder of the day with the West Indies vice captain and wicketkeeper/batsman reaching 50 in the final over of the day.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
C. Gayle c Mahmudullah b Sohag Gazi 24
K. Powell b Sohag Gazi 117
D.M. Bravo c Rubel Hossain b Sohag Gazi 14
M. Samuels c Sohag Gazi b Shahadat Hossain 16
S. Chanderpaul not out 123
+D. Ramdin not out 52
Extras (lb7, w1, nb7) 15
TOTAL (4 wkts, 90 overs) 361
*D. Sammy, V. Permaul, S. Narine, R. Rampaul, T. Best to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Gayle), 2-74 (Bravo), 3-106 (Samuels), 4-231 (Powell)
Bowling: Sohag Gazi 32-6-97-3; Shahadat Hossain 14-0-73-1 (nb7); Rubel Hossain 9-0-54-0 (w1); Mahmudullah 7-0-29-0; Shakib Al Hasan 19-2-69-0; Naeem Islam 8-1-24-0; Nasir Hossain 1-0-8-0.
BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Shahriar Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan, *+Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Sohag Gazi, Shahadat Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: R. Illingworth (England), B. Oxenford (Australia)
TV Replays: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh)