Powell, Chanderpaul recover West Indies innings against Bangladesh at tea

Kieran Powell was unbeaten on 115 at Tea Getty Images

Mirpur: Nov 13, 2012

Kieran Powell smashed century to steady West Indies innings after they lost early wickets against Bangladesh on the opening day of the first Test in Dhaka on Tuesday.

West Indies were 228 for 3 at tea. Along with Powell, who was unbeaten on 115, was experienced batsman Shivnarine chanderpaul was unbeaten on 46.

Earlier, 21-year-old off-spinner Sohag Gazi opened the bowling attack and dismissed Chris Gayle (24) and Darren Bravo (14) in his first spell to halt West Indies’s progress who won the toss and decided to bat at Shere Bangla stadium.

Gayle greeted the debutant with aggression, smashing the first and fourth ball of the match by Gazi for big sixes before clobbering two fours off paceman Shahadat Hossain to threaten Bangladesh’s bowling attack.

But the young spinner soon had revenge, having the flamboyant opener caught at long-off in his fifth over.

Bravo added 42 for the second wicket before miscuing a drive off Gazi and was caught at point to leave the West Indies at 74-2.

Marlon Samuels then helped add another 32 for the third wicket before falling to Hossain — thanks to a good catch by Gazi — in the last over before lunch after scoring 16.

Powell remained steady, hitting five boundaries and a six.

The tourists handed Test cap to 23-year-old left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul in anticipation of turn in the later stages of the match.

(With inputs from PTI)

Brief Score: West Indies 228 for 3 (Kieran Powell 115*, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 46*; Sohag Gazi 2 for 59) vs Bangladesh

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