WI toil hard as Naeem stars

DHAKA, Bangladesh – A day that started filled with much promise for West Indies was turned upside down, when rookie batsman Naeem Islam stroked a resolute maiden Test hundred to lead a Bangladesh batting revival in the first Test today here.

The Windies bowlers toiled hard, but Naeem, playing in only his sixth Test, fashioned a workmanlike 108 that anchored the Tigers to 455 for six at the close on the third day, still trailing by 72 on first innings.

Ravi Rampaul has been the visitors’ most successful bowler, taking 3-101 from 26 overs, and team captain Darren Sammy supported with 2-83 from 23 overs.

But the West Indies’ bowlers were hamstrung by the unforgiving Sher-e-Bangla Stadium pitch and the home team’s batsmen cashed in – Shakib Al Hasan scored 89, their captain Mushfiqur Rahim made 43, Mahmudullah was not out on 42 and Nasir Hossain was not out on 33.

The Windies struggled to make inroads into the Bangladesh batting, going wicket-less through the morning session, after the home team continued from their overnight total of 164 for three.

The Caribbean side were left heartbroken, when Shakib, on 26, gained a reprieve. The Bangladesh left-handed edged Rampaul to ‘keeper Denesh Ramdin, but Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford asked for the delivery to be reviewed, and TV replays showed that the bowler had delivered a no-ball.

West Indies were made to pay dearly for Rampaul’s indiscretion, as Shakib and Naeem plundered runs, bringing up their half-centuries, as they carried Bangladesh to 252 for three at lunch.

Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was swept to fine leg for two, carrying Shakib to his 50 from 96 balls before Naeem square drove Sammy through backward point for his ninth boundary to take him to the landmark from 136 balls.

After lunch, the Windies continued to endure the long, hard toil, as both Shakib and Naeem put individual triple-figures scores in their sights. They put on a Bangladesh fourth-wicket record of 167 before the breakthrough came.

Rampaul redeemed himself in the first half-hour after the interval, when Shakib mistimed a drive and was caught at short extra cover by substitute Assad Fudadin – on the field for the ill Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The Bangladesh all-rounder’s innings lasted196 minutes, faced 143 balls, striking 10 fours and one six.

Still, the torrent of wickets did not come for West Indies, as Naeem diligently worked his way to his milestone. He flicked his 228th ball, a wayward delivery from Tino Best, to the deep fine-leg boundary for his 17th boundary to cross the threshold to tumultuous applause from the crowd that half-filled the stadium.

Tea offered the Windies a temporary reprieve, as Bangladesh reached 349 for four, but the wickets of Naeem and Mushfiqur in the first half-hour after the break lifted their spirits.

Sammy had Naeem caught behind chasing a delivery just outside the off-stump following a 353-minute innings that contained 17 fours from 255 balls, and Permaul claimed his maiden Test scalp, when Mushfiqur was caught and bowled for 43 from a mistimed drive.

With the workload taking toll on the bowlers, West Indies failed to make any further headway, as Mahmudullah and Nasir put on 87 – unbroken – for the seventh wicket before stumps were drawn.

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 527

(S. Chanderpaul 203 not out; Sohag Gazi 3-145)

BANGLADESH 1st Innings

(overnight 164 for three)

Tamim Iqbal c Narine b Sammy 72

Junaid Siddique c Bravo b Rampaul 7

Shahriar Nafees c wkpr Ramdin b Rampaul 31

Naeem Islam c wkpr Ramdin b Sammy 108

Shakib Al Hasan c (sub) Fudadin b Rampaul 89

*+Mushfiqur Rahim c and b Permaul 43

Nasir Hossain not out 33

Mahmudullah not out 42

Extras (b8, lb11, w3, nb8) 30

TOTAL (6 wkts, 126 overs) 455

Shahadat Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain to bat

Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Junaid), 2-88 (Shahriar), 3-119 (Tamim), 4-286 (Shakib), 5-362 (Naeem), 6-368 (Mushfiqur)

Bowling: Rampaul 26-2-101-3 (nb5); Best 20-3-68-0 (w3); Sammy 23-3-83-2; Narine 21-5-89-0 (nb3); Permaul 27-7-60-1; Gayle 3-0-14-0; Samuels 6-0-21-0

Position: Bangladesh trail by 72 runs 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: Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh)

(WICB Media)

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 05:23