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Bangladesh in West Indies, 2009


First Test evenly poised on third day

Bangladesh fought back on the the third day of the first cricket Test at Arnos Vale conceding a 69 run first-innings lead lead to the West Indies.

For the West Indies, Omar Philips' patient 94 paired with the night-watchman Ryan Austin's gritty stand navigated the slow pitch and pushed their totsl slong. West Indies were looking to run way with it but the Bangladesh slow bowlers pegged them back each time they threatened to move too far ahead. Debutanrs Rubel Hossain and Mahmudullah both took three wickets.

Bangladesh had to deal with a tricky 7 overs before stumps were closed and much to Bangladesh fans' relief they managed to avoid any loss of wickets. The pair put on 26 runs cutting the deficit to 43 runs. Once concern for Bangladesh would be captain Mashrafe Mortaza's injury status. He had to leave the field when he fell and hurt his knee with the score on 38 leaving Shakib Al Hasan captain.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh 238 all out off 88.2 overs (Mashrafe Mortaza 39, Mushfiqur Rahim 36, Imrul Kayes 33, Shahadat Hossain 33; Kemar Roach 3-46, Dave Bernard 2-30, Tino Best 2-58) and 26-0 off 7 overs vs. West Indies 307 all out off 95.1 overs (Omar Phillips 94, Dave Bernard 53, Darren Sammy 48; Mahmudhullah 3-59, Rubel Hossain 3-76, Shakib-al-Hasan 2-76).


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