Imrul Kayes © Getty Images
Imrul Kayes © Getty Images

Sep 9, 2014

Bangladesh will have to play really well in all the three sessions of the final day’s play of the first Test against West Indies in order to save this Test match. Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is still batting at the crease and he fought hard yesterday to reach to a score of 70. The visitors still trail by 46 runs with five wickets in hand in the second innings.

According to AFP, Mushfiqur Rahim rode his luck and battled through the pain of a badly bruised finger in compiling an unbeaten 70 to keep Bangladesh alive at 256 for five in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day.  Following-on 302 runs behind the home side’s first innings total of 484 for seven declared, the tourists go into the final day still needing another 46 runs to make the Caribbean team bat again with five wickets in hand.

Reduced to 110 for four at the lunch interval despite a typically attacking 53 by opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh looked doomed to a massive innings defeat inside four days before Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah (66) came together in a partnership that realised 130 runs for the fifth wicket and frustrated the West Indies for over three hours. That frustration intensified to exasperation as chance after chance was put down through the afternoon.

Mushfiqur was dropped twice in the slips off the fast bowlers while Mahmudullah offered a sharp chance to specialist spinner Sulieman Benn before part-time bowler Chris Gayle lured him into a miscued swipe to extra-cover where Kirk Edwards spilled the simplest of catches.

Brief scores:

West Indies 484 for 7 decl. (Kraigg Brathwaite 212, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 85*; Taijul Islam 5 for 135) lead Bangladesh 182 (Mominul Haque 51, Mushfiqur Rahim 48*; Sulieman Benn 5 for 39, Jermaine Blackwood 2 for 14) & 256 for 5 (Mushfiqur Rahim 70*, Mahmudullah 66, Tamim Iqbal 53 ; Kemar Roach 2 for 39, Sulieman Benn 2 for 34) by 46 runs.

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