Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 30th Test ton © AFP
Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 30th Test ton © AFP

Sep 16, 2014

Bangladesh are on 55 for two at lunch against West Indies chasing 489 on Day Four of second Test at St Lucia. The Windies resumed with a lead of 427. Overnight batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jermaine Blackwood scored at a brisk rate. The hosts declared after Chanderpaul got to his 30th Test ton.

The match was almost in West Indies’ control by the end of Day Three. The hosts had lost some early wickets but Chanderpaul and Blackwood had repaired the damage with a solid partnership. On the fourth morning, the Bangladesh bowlers lacked intent. A defensive field only allowed the batsmen to score freely.

The only opportunity came in the first over of the day when they opted for a review against Blackwood but it went in favour of the batsman. From thereon, a batsman like Chanderpaul known to grind the opposition was quick to score. He soon inched closer to his ton and completed it with ease. He also went past Don Bradman’s 29 Test tons. West indies soon declared leaving the visitors to chase a mammoth 489.

In reply Bangladesh started off on a brisk note. Shamsur Rahman targeted Jerome Taylor hammering him for a couple of fours and sixes. In one over of Taylor, he hit a four and two consecutive sixes. But Rahman lacked the temperament to control his aggression. A fielder was stationed in the deep and a one-handed pull saw a simple catch down the throat of the fielder.

Anamul Haque went for an eight-ball duck leaving Bangladesh two down with nothing much on board considering the target.

Brief scores:

West Indies 380 & 269 for 4 decl. (Kriagg Braithwaite 45, Leon Johnson 41, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 101*, Jermaine Blackwood 66*; Mahmudullah 2 for 64) lead Bangladesh 161 & 55 for 2 (Tamim Iqbal 14*; Suleiman Benn 1 for 5) by 434 runs.

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