Kraigg Brathwaite continued his good form with another fine half-century © AFP (File Photo)
Kraigg Brathwaite continued his good form with another fine half-century © AFP (File Photo)

Sep 14, 2014

West Indies were 153 for two at Tea against Bangladesh on Day One of the second Test at St. Kitts. West Indian openers Leon Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite kept up their good showing in the post-lunch session, with both batsmen getting solid half-centuries.

However, both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession at the stroke of Tea for near identical scores. Johnson impressed on debut for his 66 off 162 deliveries, while Brathwaite seemed to continue from where he left off in the previous game, getting 63 off 153 balls. The two wicket-takers for Bangladesh were Taijul Islam and Shafiul Islam. Kirk Edwards was dropped early on in his innings, but barring the one blemish, he and Darren Bravo went to Tea unscathed.

Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and opted to bowl first. The wicket offered a lot of help to the bowlers to justify Rahim’s decision to field first, but none of his seamers bowled well enough to exploit it. It was comfortable out there for the West Indies’ opening batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson, who weren’t tested anywhere near consistently enough, and they’ve batted well to go to lunch unbeaten, even if they haven’t set St. Lucia on fire with their scoring rate.

Bangladesh used four bowlers till the stroke of lunch, but none of them could utilise the conditions. Al-Amin Hossain was the pick of the bowlers as he he bowled a tight line and length and did not give any room to either of these opening batsmen whatsoever. Shafiul Islam and Robiul Islam bowled well but they could not hit the right length. The young left arm off-spinner, Taijul Islam bowled just one over before the lunch.

Braithwaite looked in good shape as he is beaming with confidence after his double century in the first Test match against Bangladesh. Johnson made his debut for West Indies on Saturday at St. Kitts. Both the batsmen watched the ball carefully and left them alone when they were pitched at good areas. Although they have batted well to keep their wickets intact but their run rate is relatively poor. Things are not looking good for Bangladesh as they really need some quick wickets after lunch.

Brief scores:

West Indies 153 for 2 in 57 overs (Kraigg Braithwaite 63, Leon Johnson 66; Shafiul Islam 1 for 29, Taijul Islam 1 for 48) vs Bangladesh.

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