Solid first day for Windies

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man/ Gleaner Writer

WEST INDIES are in pole po­si­tion to press for a se­ries win against Bangladesh at the end of the first day of the sec­ond Test at Sabina Park yesterday.

Guided by a de­fi­ant cen­tury from vice-cap­tain Kraigg Brath­waite and a shot-filled un­beaten 84 from Shim­ron Het­myer, West Indies closed on an im­pres­sive 295 for four af­ter be­ing asked to take first strike.

Open­ing with Brath­waite and Devon Smith, they first found them­selves in a spot of bother af­ter Smith was dis­missed with the score on nine.

Smith, who made 58 in the first Test, was caught at silly mid-on off the bowl­ing of off-spin­ner Me­hidy Has­san Mi­raz, for two.

Mi­raz, who ended with fig­ures of three for 101 in the first Test, was one of two spin bowlers used by Bangladesh cap­tain Shakib Al Hasan in the first three overs, as the vis­i­tors tried to un­set­tle the home team.

Brath­waite, who sur­vived a few bat pad shouts dur­ing the open­ing overs, was joined by Kieron Pow­ell and to­gether they put on 50 for the sec­ond wicket be­fore the lat­ter was dis­missed.

Pow­ell, who made 29, was ad­judged leg be­fore wicket again off the bowl­ing of Mi­raz af­ter he played down the wrong line to a ball that pitched just out­side off stump and then straight­ened.

The out-of-form Shai Hope, who has failed to score a fifty in his last seven in­nings, there­after joined Brath­waite and to­gether they took the to­tal to a re­spectable 79 for two at the lunch break.

CAUGHT

How­ever, shortly af­ter the break, and af­ter shar­ing a 79-run third wicket stand, Hope played for­ward to a de­liv­ery from lef­t­arm spin­ner Tai­jul Is­lam and failed to get enough con­tact on the ball, and was caught by a div­ing wicketkeeper Nusul Hasan in the bat pad re­gion to take the score to 138 for three.

But then came the part­ner­ship of the in­nings, a 109 runs fourth wicket stand between Brath­waite and Hope, which de­lighted the rel­a­tively small crowd that was on hand.

Of­fer­ing con­trast­ing bat­ting styles, Brath­waite took his time and largely waited for loose de­liv­er­ies to score, while 21-yearold Het­myer demon­strated flair and panache with his stroke play.

Brath­waite even­tu­ally fell mid­way through the third and fi­nal ses­sion, bril­liantly caught at short mid-on by a div­ing Is­lam off the bowl­ing of Mi­raz.

Mi­raz, has so far claimed three for 90 from 27 overs, while Is­lam has one for 65 from 21.

Opener Kraigg Brath­waite on his way to a cen­tury on the first day of the sec­ond Test match between the West Indies and Bangladesh at Sabina Park.

PHO­TOS BY IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque tak­ing the catch to dis­miss Devon Smith off the bowl­ing of Me­hidy Hasan Mi­raz early on the first day of the sec­ond Test match between the West Indies and Bangladesh at Sabina Park yesterday.

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