Sunny shines as Windies bat towards safety

Chittagong, Bangladesh - Bangladesh left-arm spinner Elias Sunny claimed four wickets on his debut but could not stop West Indies from moving towards safety in the rain-hit first Test against Bangladesh on Monday.

West Indies reached 144-5 at the close on the fourth day in reply to Bangladesh’s 350-9 declared in their first innings after rain and a damp outfield caused a cancellation of more than two days of play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdury Stadium.

Experienced left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell one run short of what would have been his 56th half century in his 228th Test innings. He added 62 with teenaged opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who made a resolute 33 in his third Test innings.

Chanderpaul fell to the impressive Sunny when he was adjudged caught in at first slip by Shariar Nafees after the ball rebounded off the gloves of keeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Chanderpaul played an attacking innings hitting three fours and back-to-back straight sixes which changed the tone of the innings.

Bangladesh started to build pressure from the start of West Indies innings and were denied a breakthrough in the second over when Rubel Hossain uprooted the stumps of Brathwaite, only for the umpire to signal a no ball.

Shahadat Hossain struck in the next over when he forced Lendl Simmons (7) to cut a catch to Roqibul Hassan at gully.

Sunny claimed his first Test wicket when he trapped Kirk Edwards (17) leg before and he had Darren Bravo (2) caught close in soon after.

Brathwaite, the 18-year-old West Indies Under-19 captain, was patient throughout his knock which lasted just over two hours and came off 135 balls and included two boundaries. He eventually fell caught at short-leg to one from a flight ball Sunny which bounced. Sunny has so far taken 4-56.

Earlier, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed 3-81 to restrict Bangladesh who had resumed on 255-4. His last wicket was Shahadat Hossain, who was smartly stumped to give by keeper Carlton Baugh his fifth victim of the innings.

BANGLADESH 1st innings
Tamim Iqbal c Brathwaite b Samuels 52
Imrul Kayes c wk Baugh b Rampaul 10
Shahriar Nafees c wk Baugh b F Edwards 32
Raqibul Hasan lbw b Sammy 41
Mushfiqur Rahim c Bishoo b F Edwards 68
Shakib Al Hasan c wk Baugh b Samuels 40
Naeem Islam not out 36
Nasir Hossain c wk Baugh b Bishoo 34
Elias Sunny c Sammy b Bishoo 0
Shahadat Hossain st Baugh b Bishoo 9
Rubel Hossain not out 5
Extras (b8, lb5, w5, nb5) 23
TOTAL (9 wickets dec; 122.4 overs) 350
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Imrul Kayes), 1-58* (Shahriar Nafees, ret. hurt, 19.5 ov), 2-110 (Tamim Iqbal), 3-159 (Raqibul Hasan), 4-238 (Shakib Al Hasan), 5-255 (Mushfiqur Rahim), 6-274 (Shahriar Nafees), 7-317 (Nasir Hossain), 8-317 (Elias Sunny), 9-345 (Shahadat Hossain)
Bowling: F Edwards 18.4-1-88-2, Rampaul 23-8-42-1, Sammy 26-8-53-1, Samuels 25-4-73-2, Bishoo 30-6-81-3.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
Lendl Simmons c Raqibul Hasan b Shahadat Hossain 7
Kraigg Brathwaite c Imrul Kayes b Elias Sunny 33
Kirk Edwards lbw b Elias Sunny 17
Darren Bravo c Shahriar Nafees b Elias Sunny 2
Shiv Chanderpaul c Shahriar Nafees b Elias Sunny 49
Marlon Samuels not out 17
Carlton Baugh not out 6
Extras (b2, lb1, nb 5) 8
TOTAL (5 wickets; 51 overs) 144
To bat: Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo.
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Simmons), 2-44 (K Edwards), 3-52 (Bravo), 4-114 (Brathwaite), 5-137 (Chanderpaul)
Bowling: Shahadat Hossain 5-1-19-1, Rubel Hossain 11-2-22-0, Shakib Al Hasan 12-2-22-0, Elias Sunny 16-0-56-4, Nasir Hossain 7-1-17-0.
Position: West Indies trail by 206 runs.
Toss: Bangladesh.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Nigel Llong (England)
Television umpire: Enamul Haque
ICC Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 06:42