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Naeem Islam leads Bangladesh fightback on Day 3 of 1st Test

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A day that started filled with much promise for West Indies was turned upside down, when rookie batsman Naeem Islam stroked a resolute, maiden Test hundred to lead a Bangladesh batting revival in the first Test today here. The Windies bowlers toiled hard, but Naeem fashioned a workmanlike 108 that anchored the Tigers to 455 for six at the close on the third day, still trailing by 72 on first innings.

Ravi Rampaul has been the visitors' most successful bowler, taking 3-101 from 26 overs, and team captain Darren Sammy supported with 2-83 from 23 overs.

But the West Indies' bowlers were hamstrung by the unforgiving Sher-e-Bangla Stadium pitch and the home team's batsmen cashed in – Shakib Al Hasan scored 89, their captain Mushfiqur Rahim made 43, all-rounder Mahmudullah was not out on 42 and Nasir Hossain was not out on 33.

There was one West Indies bowler who was celebrating, Veerasammy Parmaul, taking a sharp catch off his own bowling to dismiss Mushfiqur to capture his maiden test wicket.

It was a disappointing day for T20 sensation Sunil Narine, who went wicketless and is yet to really find his feet in the longest format of the game.

With both sides quite capable of self-destructing in the second innings, this match is still very much alive, and it will be interesting to see whether Day 4 becomes moving day for this test match.

Mini Scorecard:

West Indies 527-4 declared (144 overs, 3.65rpo)

S Chanderpaul 203* (372) S Gazi 3-145

Bangladesh 455-6 (126 overs, 3.61rpo)

N Islam 108 (255) R Rampaul 3-101