Bangladesh make early inroads against West Indies

Bangladesh players celebrate the dismissal of West Indies opener Kirk Edwards AFP

Chittagong: Oct 24, 2011

Shahadat Hossain and debutant Elias Sunny took one wicket each as Bangladesh put the West Indies under pressure on the penultimate day of the opening Test on Monday.

The West Indies lost opener Lendl Simmons and Kirk Edwards before reaching 50-2 in their first innings at tea in reply to Bangladesh’s total of 350-9 declared in Chittagong.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite was unbeaten on 12 and Darren Bravo on two not out at the break.

Paceman Shahadat got a wicket in his second over when he had Simmons (seven) caught by Raqibul Hasan at gully before left-arm spinner Sunny removed Edwards in his third over in Test cricket.

Edwards, dropped on three by Shahadat at mid-on in Sunny’s opening over, failed to make the most of the chance as he was trapped leg-before after scoring 17 runs.

Bangladesh earlier added 95 runs to their Friday’s total of 255-4 before declaring their innings closed in the afternoon session. No play was possible on Saturday and Sunday due to rain.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3-81) and fast bowler Fidel Edwards (2-88) shared five wickets as Bangladesh batted 31.4 overs in the day.

Edwards struck with his first delivery when he had skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (68) caught by Bishoo at square-leg before dismissing Shahriar Nafees (32) in his next over. Rahim hit five fours in his 145-ball knock.

Nafees, who retired hurt on 21 after being struck by an Edwards bouncer on Friday, could add just 11 runs before being caught by wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.

Bishoo also took two wickets in successive overs, removing debutant Nasir Hossain (34) and then Sunny for no score. Nasir hit six fours in his 47-ball knock.

His third wicket came in the second session when he had Shahadat stumped for nine runs. Naeem Islam remained unbeaten with 36.

The second and final Test starts in Dhaka on October 29.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 350 for 9 dec (Mushfiqur Rahim 68, Tamim Iqbal 52, Raqibul Hasan 41; Devendra Bishoo 3 for 81, Marlon Samuels 2 for 73) lead West Indies 50 for 2 (Kirk Edwards 17; Shahadat Hossain 1 for 19) by 300 runs.

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