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Kieran Powell wrote his name in the record books with his second hundred of the test match, but he was one of a cluster of late wickets that rocked West Indies in the first Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur today. The left-handed opener stroked a typically languid 110, as the Windies reached 244 for six in their second innings â€“ a lead of just 215 â€“ at the close on the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh were bowled out for 556 in their first innings with the overnight pair Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah both bringing up their respective half-centuries. The latter was especially unfortunate to miss out on a hundred, having made his way to 96 before being caught at slip off Tino Best. By then, Mahmudullah had already fallen for 62 to Sunil Narine, who cleaned up the tail to finish with 3 wickets.
Bangladesh though had sneaked ahead by this stage, and ended up with what could prove to be a crucial lead of 29 runs.
The West Indies had had a long couple of days in the field, and Chris Gayle looked set to make up for lost time as smashed his way to 19 before falling caught behind to Rubel Hossain. The Windies recovered well from the early loss of their talismanic opener to post a 189 run stand for the second wicket.
Powell, who followed up his 117 in the first innings with another century today, was given able support by Darren Bravo, who made 76. But the visitors stumbled from the stability of 209 for one, losing five wickets for 35 in the space of 79 deliveries.
Veeraswamy Permaul fell on the last ball of the day to fellow debutant Sohag Gazi, while Rubel and Shakib also pitched in with two wickets each. West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was the unbeaten batsman with 15 to his name, and it will be interesting to see if veteran superstar Shivnarine Chanderpaul walks out to join the captain tomorrow morning, having not fielded due to a mystery injury.
The match is poised on a knife-edge, and all three results remain a distinct possibility as things stand. If the West Indies can bat out the first session, it seems unlikely that they would lose the game, but given the way the Bangladesh top order batted yesterday, it is quite probable that they will attempt to chase down anything which is in the realm of under 6 an over.
West Indies 1st Innings 527-4 declared (144 overs, 3.65rpo)
S Chanderpaul 203* (372) S Gazi 3-145
Bangladesh 1st Innings 556 all out (148.3 overs, 3.74rpo)
N Islam 108 (255) R Rampaul 3-118
West Indies 2nd Innings 244-6 (64.5 overs, 3.76rpo)
K Powell 110 (197) R Hossain 2-35
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