Windies get off to a steady start against Bangladesh

West Indies batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite (L) and Kieran Powell shared a 88-run opening partnership against Bangladesh AFP

By Azad Majumder

Dhaka: Oct 29, 2011

Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieron Powell gave the West Indies a solid start to the second and final Test against Bangladesh on Saturday, sharing in an unbeaten partnership of 88 on the opening morning in Dhaka.

Teenager Brathwaite (49) was closing in on a maiden test half-century while Powell, who replaced the injured Lendl Simmons for the match, was 37 not out at the break.

Brathwaite, playing only his third Test, looked untroubled and struck five fours after West Indies captain Darren Sammy won his first toss of the tour and opted to bat.

Bangladesh, who dominated the drawn first test in Chittagong, suffered a setback in the morning when left-arm spinner Elias Sunny was ruled out because of illness.

Sunny, who claimed seven wickets in Chittagong on debut including 6-94 in the first innings, was replaced by debutant Suhrawadi Shuvo.

West Indies also brought in paceman Kemar Roach for Ravi Rampaul, who was ruled out with a hamstring injury.(AFP)

Brief Scores: West Indies 88 for 0 (Kraigg Brathwaite 49*, Kieron Powell 37*) vs Bangladesh

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