Mirpur: Late strikes from Bangladesh’s spinners in the final session on Friday handed the home team a slight advantage going into the final day of the first Test against West Indies. At stumps, the visitors were 244 for six, leading Bangladesh by 215 runs.
After bowling out the hosts for 556 runs just before lunch conceding a lead of 29 runs, West Indies, in their second innings, lost Chris Gayle early but the pair of Kieran Powell and Darren Bravo took the attack to the bowlers in an impressive 189-run stand at a brisk rate.
When it seemed that the top-order pair would see off the day without much trouble, Bravo departed for 76, followed by Marlon Samuels for 1. With West Indies’ run scoring momentum arrested, Bangladesh spinners ran through West Indies’ middle order on a crumbling pitch in the final hour of play with Shakib Al Hasan taking two wickets, including the wicket of centurion Powell for 110.
In a bid to shield the regular No. 5, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, from coming out to the middle, Darren Sammy promoted himself, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul. However, Ramdin made 5 before he was trapped lbw by Shakib and Permaul 10, bowled by Sohag Gazi in the final over of the day to leave West Indies in a spot of bother.
Earlier in the day, Powell got into his groove after a very sedate start and cracked his second Test century with a flurry off boundaries. The opener got three fours off one Rubel Hossain over as he raced from 91 to 103 in five deliveries. Bravo provided good support at the other end with flashy drives and kept the scoreboard ticking. The top-order duo grew in confidence playing extravagant shots as the bowlers toiled hard to get anything out of the lifeless pitch. Both Powell and Bravo scored runs on either side of the wicket not failing to dispatch the loose deliveries to the boundary. Bravo eventually fell to Rubel for 76 when edged one to Mushfiqur Rahim.
Before lunch, West Indies had bowled out Bangladesh for 556 but not before the hosts took a lead of 29 with Nasir Hossain scoring a valiant 96. For West Indies, Sunil Narine picked up three wickets including Mahmudullah for 62.
Starting the day on 455 for 6, Bangladesh had Nasir and Mahmuddulah reach their respective half-centuries before Narine removed the latter and Gazi. Right after Nasir's fifty, Bangladesh went past the 500-run mark for the first time in Tests.
Then Nasir opened up, plonking two sixes off Permaul, one over long-on and other over extra cover. Shahadat Hossain (13*) stuck in with Nasir to add 61 for the ninth wicket. The Nasir-Shahadat partnership ensured that Bangladesh went past West Indies' first-innings total as the hosts managed a slender lead.