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West Indies in Bangladesh, 2012



Bangladesh strike late to keep the match open

16 November 2012

Bangladesh posted their highest ever Test score surpassing 488 scored against Zimbabwe almost eight years ago and took a rare first innings lead against a top nation as they finished their first innings on 556 on the 4th day of the first Test at Sher E Bangla Stadium in Mirpur today. After the century of Naeem Islam, late order batsmen Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain held Bangladesh innings together and motored along towards their first ever 500 plus score. 

Nasir Hossain was unlucky to miss out on a well deserved century as he mistimed a slower ball from Tino Best to Chris Gayle at slip was dismissed on 96. Mahmudullah scored 62 which is his first half-century in almost two years.   

West Indies lost Chris Gayle early on in their second innings courtesy of a inspired spell by Rubel Hossain, but first innings centurion Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo defied Bangladesh attack on a good surface and took West Indies to 209 for 1. However, Bangladesh fought back with 5 late wickets to leave all possibilities open heading into the final day of an absorbing Test match. 

It was again Rubel Hossain who broke the partnership by removing Darren Bravo. Samuels was then undone by a Sohag Gazi delivery and Shakib Al Hasan picked two quick wickets to bring Bangladesh back in the match. Debutant Sohag Gazi then picked another debutant Permaul of West Indies with the last delivery of the day as Bangladesh ended the day on a high with West Indies leading by 215 runs with 4 wickets remaining.  

Bangladesh have a realistic chance to restrict West Indies below 250 and try to chase the total down on a surface which is now offering some spin, but still a very good wicket to bat on. 

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