Bangladesh face uphill task

2011-11-01 15:02
Tamim Iqbal (File)

Dhaka - Bangladesh face a tough battle to save the series-deciding second and final Test against the West Indies despite opener Tamim Iqbal's bold 82 not out on Tuesday.

The hosts, chasing an improbable victory target of 508, were 164/3 in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day of the match in Dhaka. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten on 33.

Darren Bravo earlier smashed five sixes and 12 fours on his way to a 297-ball 195, before the West Indies, leading by 124 runs on the first innings, declared their second innings closed on 383/5.

The opening Test of the two-match series ended in a draw in Chittagong.

Bangladesh lost opener Imrul Kayes (nine), Shahriar Nafees (18) and Raqibul Hasan (17), but left-handed Tamim continued to defy the West Indies' attack, having so far cracked one six and eight fours.

Fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who jolted Bangladesh with five quick wickets in the first innings, struck in his second over when he had Kayes caught by Kirk Edwards at first slip.

Seamer Darren Sammy held a return catch to dismiss Nafees (18) in the last over of the afternoon session before off-spinner Marlon Samuels removed Raqibul.

Tamim, dropped at point on 12 by Samuels off Fidel Edwards, made the most of the chance and played some attractive strokes in his 149-ball knock.

Left-handed Bravo, aged 22, fell in the afternoon session, top-edging a delivery from debutant left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo to wicket-keeper Rahim.

He had hit a six off the previous ball before going for another big shot in a bid to complete his double-century. He added 143 for the fifth wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who remained unbeaten on 59 with six fours.

The West Indies added 176 runs to their overnight total of 207-3 before declaring after Bravo's dismissal.

Bravo, who completed his maiden Test hundred off the last ball on Monday, reached the 150-mark in the last over of the morning session with a four off Shuvo.

He dominated the Bangladeshi attack for more than a session, adding 95 to his overnight score of 100. He also added 56 for the fourth wicket with nightwatchman Kemar Roach (12).

Roach fell in the day's 11th over when he was caught by Naeem Islam at long-off off Shuvo, who finished with 3-73. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan took 1-79 off 21 overs.


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