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West Indies all but secure series by powering to 564-4 on Day 3 of Khulna Test, Samuels smashes double ton

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marlon_samuels_testMarlon Samuels completed a Test double hundred for the first time and the West Indies’ batsmen indulged themselves to pile up a first-innings lead so far of 177 over Bangladesh in the final match of their two-Test series today here. The stylish Samuels made his highest Test and first-class score of 260, as the Windies’ batsmen pillaged the Bangladeshi bowling to reach 564 for four at the close on the third day at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

Darren Bravo completed his fourth Test hundred of 127 and fellow left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul eased past the legendary Garfield Sobers on the list of West Indies century-makers in Tests with his 27th hundred, an undefeated 109, to put the visitors in charge.

Resuming from their overnight score of 241-2, the West Indies scored a solid 324 runs over the course of the day, losing just 2 wickets that of their two undefeated batsmen from the previous day - Samuels and Bravo. The duo added 326 runs for the third wicket before Bangladesh finally got some relief, getting the stylish left-hander out leg before to Sohag Gazi.

Samuels though had settled down for the long haul, and shared in another massive stand, this time with Shivnarine Chanderpaul. They added another 177 runs for the fourth wicket before Samuels fell 7 overs before the close of play, caught at point off Rubel Hossain off a ball that misbehaved off the pitch.

With the Windies already leading 1-0 in this 2 test series, they can bat on for as long as they like tomorrow putting the game safely out of reach of Bangladesh before beginning their quest to dismiss the hosts in the second innings and trying to win this game too. A sporting declaration would be pointless, though chances are the Windies tail would throw their bats around a bit to ensure they can push their lead as close to 300 as possible to avoid having to bat in their second innings.


Bangladesh: T Iqbal, Nazimuddin, S Nafees, S Al Hasan, N Islam, M Rahim, Mahmudullah, N Hossian, S Gazi, A Hasan, R Hossain

West Indies: C Gayle, K Powell, D Bravo, M Samuels, S Chanderpaul, D Ramdin, D Sammy, V Permaul, S Narine, T Best, F Edwards

Mini Scorecard

Bangladesh 1st innings 387 all out (91.1 overs, 4.24 rpo)

A Hasan 113(123) F Edwards 6/90

Mahmudullah 76(97) D Sammy 3/74

West Indies 1st innings 564/4 (172 overs, 3.27 rpo)

M Samuels 260 (455) R Hossain 2/75

D Bravo 127 (288) S Gazi 2/143

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