Kingston - Kraigg Brathwaite blasted another century while
Shimron Hetmyer lashed an unbeaten 84 as the West Indies recovered from a slow
start to dominate the opening day of the second and final Test against
Bangladesh on Thursday.
Brathwaite, who scored a century in his team's innings
victory over Bangladesh in Antigua last week, fired 110 - his eighth Test ton -
as the hosts closed on 295 for four wickets off 92 overs at Sabina Park.
Hetmyer meanwhile played fluently and positively on his way
to 84 not out, which came off 98 balls with nine fours and one six.
One of two changes to the side that thrashed Bangladesh by
an innings and 219 runs inside three days in the first Test, he resumes on the
second morning in partnership with Roston Chase.
Brathwaite played his own game from beginning to end and
after the early loss of opening partner Devon Smith after the West Indies were
put in on a pitch offering considerable assistance to the spinners from the
outset, he featured in a succession of useful partnerships which lifted the
home side to a position of comfort.
Hetmyer was the dominant contributor in a stand of 109 for
the fourth wicket before Brathwaite departed as the third wicket of the innings
to Mehidy Hasan.
It was Mehidy who created the early uncertainty in the West
Indies camp by removing Smith to a bat-pad catch and then accounting for Kieran
Powell who stroked 29 in a 50-run second-wicket stand before being trapped
Brathwaite then had Shai Hope as his partner at the crease
for most of the afternoon session, the pair extending their third-wicket
partnership to 79 before Hope fell for 29, caught off the glove by wicketkeeper
Nurul Hasan off Taijul Islam.
Bangladesh were buoyant through the morning session as their
spinners attempted to take control, delivering 33 of the 35 overs in the two hours
It was a period of play when the tourists made full use of
their slow bowling options on a pitch that was surprisingly helpful to them
given the trend of grassy, fast bowler-friendly tracks for previous Tests in
this 2018 Caribbean international season.
West Indies' decision to omit specialist spinner Devendra
Bishoo before the start of play appeared to suggest that another seaming,
bouncing pitch was on offer to be exploited by an attack spearheaded by Shannon
Gabriel and also incorporating captain Jason Holder, medium-pacer Miguel
Cummins and debutant Keemo Paul, whose potential as a seam bowler and useful
lower-order batsman gave him the nod ahead of lanky pacer Alzarri Joseph.
West Indies are searching for their first home series win
since 2014, when Bangladesh were also their opponents and were well beaten in
Tests in St Vincent and St Lucia.