Chanderpaul, Ramdin give WI the edge
DHAKA, Bangladesh – Ravi Rampaul and Darren Sammy collected crucial wickets, after Shivnarine Chanderpaul equalled his Test highest score and Denesh Ramdin completed his third Test hundred to put West Indies in command of the first Test against Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Rampaul finished the day with 2-49 from eight overs and Sammy snared the prized scalp of Tamim Iqbal for a typically enterprising, run-a-ball 72, as Bangladesh reached 164 for three at the close on the second day at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Chanderpaul had stretched his 26th Test hundred to an undefeated 203 – equalling the same score he made against South Africa seven years ago on home soil at Bourda Oval in Guyana – and Ramdin collected his second hundred for the year, finishing unbeaten on 126.
The Windies did not lose a wicket and declared their first innings on 527 for four about 20 minutes before the scheduled tea break, after Chanderpaul and Ramdin added 296 – unbroken – for the fifth wicket to put the visitors in charge.
But the visitors were put on their heels, when Tamim led a brutal assault on their bowling, crashing 10 fours and two sixes in 105 minutes at the crease.
Tino Best received harsh treatment in his third over, when Tamim collected four fours, West Indies captain Darren Sammy was stroked ferociously through mid-off twice in his first over, and off-spinner Sunil Narine was twice dispatched way over long-on for a pair of sixes in his second over.
In between, Rampaul had fellow opener Junaid Siddque caught at third slip for seven fending away a snorter, and Shahriar Nafees caught behind for 31 top-edging a loose cut.
Sammy brought Tamim’s fun to a climax in the final hour, when the opener miscued an ungainly pull and was caught at mid-on, leaving Naeem Islam, not out 27, and Shakib Al Hasan, not out 16, to bat through the remainder of the day, as Bangladesh seek a further 164 to avoid the follow-on.
Earlier, West Indies resumed from their overnight total of 361 for four, and Chanderpaul and Ramdin indulged themselves.
Chanderpaul reached his landmark from 367 balls, when he turned a delivery from Sohag Gazi into mid-wicket for a deuce. It was his second double hundred in Tests in an innings that drew him level with the peerless Garfield Sobers on the list of century-makers in Tests from West Indies with 26.
Ramdin had celebrated his hundred from 208 balls, when he flicked Shakib’s left-arm spin to deep fine leg for two, passing the milestone for the second time this year, following his 107 against England last June at Edgbaston.
The two wore the Bangladesh bowlers down with resolute batting punctuated by the odd stroke of enterprise, as they took full advantage of a docile pitch.
Chanderpaul struck 22 fours from 372 balls in 457 minutes and Ramdin smote 11 fours and one six from 236 balls in 332 minutes.
They established a new West Indies record for the highest fifth-wicket partnership against Bangladesh.
Test newcomer, off-spinner Sohag Gazi was the most successful Bangladesh bowler with 3-145 from 47 overs.
This is West Indies’ third full tour of Bangladesh, where they have never lost a Test series, let alone a Test.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 361 for four)
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 203
+D. Ramdin not out 126
Extras (b5, lb12, w2, nb8) 27
TOTAL (4 wkts decl’d, 144 overs) 527
*D. Sammy, S. Narine, V. Permaul, R. Rampaul, T. Best did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-74, 3-106, 4-231
Bowling: Sohag Gazi 47-7-145-3; Shahadat Hossain 21-3-85-1 (nb7); Rubel Hossain 18-0-89-0(nb1, w1); Mahmudullah 14-0-45-0; Shakib Al Hasan 34-4-104-0; Naeem Islam 8-1-24-0; Nasir Hossain 1-0-8-0; Tamim Iqbal 1-0-10-0 (w1)
BANGLADESH 1st Innings
Tamim Iqbal c Narine b Sammy 72
Junaid Siddique c Bravo b Rampaul 7
Shahriar Nafees c wkpr Ramdin b Rampaul 31
Naeem Islam not out 27
Shakib Al Hasan not out 16
Extras (b4, lb4, w1, nb2) 11
TOTAL (3 wkts, 36 overs) 164
*+Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-88, 3-119
Bowling: Rampaul 8-0-49-2 (nb1); Best 7-1-31-0 (w1); Sammy 5-0-21-1; Narine 10-3-40-0 (nb1); Permaul 3-2-1; Gayle 3-0-14-0
Position: Bangladesh trail by 363 runs with seven first innings wickets standing
Umpires: R. Illingworth (England), B. Oxenford (Australia)
TV Replays: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh)