West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels in action during the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh at Dhaka on October 29, 2011. (AFP)
Dhaka: Kieran Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards hit half centuries to lead West Indies to 253-5 at stumps Saturday on the first day of the second and final cricket Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.
Edwards was unbeaten at 71 — scoring his maiden Test 50 — with Marlon Samuels on 16 after the visitors reached 160-2 at tea at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Brathwaite and Powell made a confident start after winning the toss, with the visitors pounding the Bangladeshi bowlers throughout the day. In the opening session, Brathwaite led the way with 49, while Powell, who replaced Lendl Simmons, made 37 in the 29 overs.
Powell reached 72 before he was bowled by Sohrawardi Shuvo (1-46) before the tea break.
Brathwaite could add only one run to reach his 50 after the lunch break before he was caught by Imrul Kayes off Rubel Hossain (1-50).
Nasir Hossain took two wickets — Bravo trapped lbw for 12 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim for 18.
Former Bangladeshi skipper Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Kemar Roach for six.
Brathwaite got a reprieve on 20 when he got a thick edge on Rubel Hossain's delivery that beat a sluggish Shahriar Nafees at gully and rolled away for four.
The Bangladesh side includes just one change to the team that drew last week's rain-affected first Test at Chittagong, with Shuvo replacing Mohammad Elias Sunny, who took seven wickets in his maiden Test.
The West Indies replaced Ravi Rampaul with fellow-paceman Roach.