Kraigg Brathwaite scored another half-century to help West Indies take control of the second Test © AFP (File Photo)
Kraigg Brathwaite scored another half-century to help West Indies take control of the second Test © AFP (File Photo)

By Shiamak Unwalla

Sep 14, 2014

West Indies were 232 for three against Bangladesh at stumps on Day One of the second Test at St. Kitts thanks to openers Leon Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite, each of whom scored a fine fifty. Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul took West Indies to a commanding position by Stumps.

Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson, making his debut after Chris Gayle opted out of the Test, started sedately. Neither man was willing to chance his arm; it seemed that West Indies celebrating their 500th Test would not watch a Desmond Haynes-Gordon Greenidge type start to their innings. In their defence, both Brathwaite and Johnson were sound in technique and in temperament. They got to lunch unconquered.

They kept up their good showing in the post-lunch session as well, with both batsmen getting solid half-centuries. However, they 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.

After Tea, it seemed that Edwards had gone into a shell. The erstwhile powerful batsman scratched about for 52 balls before driving one from Mahmudullah to covers, where Shamsur Rahman took a good diving catch. Edwards could make only 16. Bravo meanwhile was looking in terrific nick, getting 20 off 30 balls before Edwards’ dismissal. After that though, he went into a shell of his own, before picking up his scoring rate at the end of the day. Shivnarine Chanderpaul seemed like he was not scoring any runs, but almost seemed to creep up remain unconcquered on 34 at the end of the day.

Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and opted to bowl first. The wicket didn’t have very much on offer, and the Bangladeshi bowlers were unable to extract anything much from the surface thanks to some wayward bowling.

Brief scores:

West Indies 246 for 3 in 90 overs (Kraigg Braithwaite 63, Leon Johnson 66, Darren Bravo 44*; Shafiul Islam 1 for 37, Mahmudullah 1 for 25, Taijul Islam 1 for 79) vs Bangladesh.

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