Samuels’ best ever leads WI run feast
KHULNA, Bangladesh – Marlon Samuels completed a Test double hundred for the first time and the West Indies’ batsmen indulged themselves to pile up a first-innings lead so far of 177 over Bangladesh in the final match of their two-Test series on Friday here.
The stylish Samuels made his highest Test and first-class score of 260, as the Windies batsmen pillaged the Bangladeshi bowling to reach 564 for four at the close on the third day at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
Samuels reached the double-hundred mark from 329 balls when he flicked a delivery from Rubel Hossain to deep mid-wicket for a single, becoming the 25th player from the Caribbean to score a Test double hundred.
But Samuels was not the only West Indies batsman to prey on the home team’s bowlers.
Darren Bravo completed his fourth Test hundred of 127 and fellow left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul eased past the legendary Garfield Sobers on the list of Windies century-makers in Tests with his 27th hundred, an undefeated 109.
Samuels shared two significant partnerships that reinforced West Indies’ bid to sweep the series and celebrate four straight Test wins for the first time in close to two decades.
He put on 326 with Bravo, the pair narrowly missing out on a West Indies record for the third wicket, and then added 177 for the fourth wicket with Chanderpaul.
As the landmarks ticked away for West Indies, the Bangladesh bowlers toiled on the unforgiving pitch with Rubel Hossain ending the day with 2-75 from 28 overs and off-spinner Sohag Gazi finishing with 2-143 from 49 overs.
Bravo was the first to reach a landmark, when he tickled his 221st ball – from Abul Hasan – to deep fine leg for a single. It was his first triple-figure score in 14 innings to the day last year, when he stroked 166 in the final match of a three-Test series against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
After Samuels crossed the 200 threshold, the pair continued to bat with aplomb before closing up shop ahead of lunch, when Bravo made room to cut a delivery from Gazi and was adjudged lbw. He struck 10 fours from 288 balls in 411 minutes.
West Indies reached 369 for three at lunch, and Samuels and Chanderpaul emerged after the interval to continue to grind the Bangladeshis.
Samuels batted coolly, but Chanderpaul was virtually unstoppable, reaching his 50 from 88 balls, when he deflected a delivery from Naeem Islam to deep square leg for a single.
The two West Indies batsmen continued to plunder the runs, although Samuels came close to being bowled, when he almost played on a delivery from Gazi, as the vistors reached 462 for three at tea.
After the break, Samuels and Chanderpaul defied the Tigers’ attack, and were greeted by the third new ball shortly after it became due following 160.2 overs.
Samuels flicked it to deep backward square leg to reach 250 from 451 balls off Rubel, whose persistence paid dividends in his 27th over.
The 31-year-old Samuels passed his highest first-class score of 257 before Rubel got a delivery to bounce awkwardly and the West Indies batsman could only glove a catch to point, where substitute fielder gleefully accepted.
Samuels struck 31 fours and three sixes from 455 balls in 618 minutes at the crease, as he increased his aggregate of runs for the year to 866 at an average of 86.60 from seven matches.
By this time, Chanderpaul had his hundred within reach, and in the following over from Gazi, he lofted the off-spinner to long-off for four before driving to wide mid-off two balls later for a single to bring up his 100 from 187 balls, as he and Denesh Ramdin, a century-maker in the first Test, batted through the remainder of the day.
This hundred was the veteran West Indies left-hander’s second of the series, following his undefeated 203 in the first innings of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. He is now 12th on the all-time list of century-makers in Tests.
West Indies lead the two-Test series 1-0, following a 77-run victory in the first Test that ended last Saturday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.
The West Indies have never lost a Test series, let alone a Test in three trips to this country.
BANGLADESH 1st Innings 387
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
C. Gayle c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Sohag Gazi 25
K. Powell c Shakib Al Hasan b Rubel Hossain 13
D.M. Bravo lbw b Sohag Gazi 127
M. Samuels c (sub) Elias Sunny b Rubel Hossain 260
S. Chanderpaul not out 109
+D. Ramdin not out 4
Extras (b10, lb6, w2, nb8) 26
TOTAL (4 wkts, 172 overs) 564
*D. Sammy, V. Permaul, S. Narine, T. Best, F. Edwards to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Powell), 2-43 (Gayle), 3-369 (Bravo), 4-546 (Samuels)
Bowling: Sohag Gazi 49-4-143-2; Abul Hasan 24-0-113-0 (nb4, w1); Rubel Hossain 28-8-75-2 (nb3); Naeem Islam 11-1-35-0 (nb1); Shakib Al Hasan 38-8-111-0 (w1); Mahmudullah 10-0-42-0; Nasir Hossain 12-1-29-0
Position: West Indies lead by 177 with four first innings wickets standing
Umpires: R. Illingworth (England), B. Oxenford (Australia)
TV Replays: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: Masudur Rahman (Bangladesh)