Khulna: Marlon Samuels struck his fifth Test ton to lead a strong West Indies reply on day two of the second Test against Bangladesh here on Thursday. Samuels and Darren Bravo batted with a lot common sense to take West Indies to 241 for 2 at stumps in reply to Bangladesh's 387.
Samuels (109 not out) and Bravo (85 not out) have added 198 runs so far to bring the Caribbean team back into the contest after losing both their openers cheaply.
Bangladesh struck early to hit the visitors badly. They lost Chris Gayle and last match centurion Kieran Powell in quick succession as the team were reduced to 62 for 2 at lunch. Gayle edged Sohag Gazi straight through to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for 25, while Powell (13) gave a simple catch to Shakib Al Hasan at deep square leg off Rubel Hossain.
In reply to Bangladesh's 387, the tourists closed day two on 241 for 2 thanks to an unbeaten 198-run stand between Samuels and Bravo.
Abul Hasan was the last man to go as West Indies bowled Bangladesh out for 387 early in the morning session. Hasan, who became only the second man in 135 years of Test cricket to hit a debut hundred while batting at number ten Wednesday, and Mohammad Mahmudullah resumed the day on 365 for 8 but both fell in quick succession. Darren Sammy sent back Mahmudullah caught and bowled for 76, while Fidel Edwards removed Hasan for 113 to return with 6 for 90.
On Wednesday, Hasan turned spinner Sunil Narine for two to reach his century and match the feat of Australian Reggie Duff, who scored 104 against England at Melbourne in 1902 while batting at ten. Hasan, whose previous highest first-class score was 61, played with complete authority. Edwards had pushed Bangladesh to the brink five minutes after the tea interval when he dismissed captain Mushfiqur Rahim (38) and Sohag Gazi (nought) in one over.
Hasan and Mahmudullah set a new record for tenth wicket in all Bangladesh Tests with a partnership of 184 runs, beating the 77 by Mashrafe Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain against India at Chittagong in 2007. The world record is 195 set by South African pair Mark Boucher and Pat Symcox against Pakistan at Johannesburg in 1998.