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Shivnarine Chanderpaul said he welcomed his second Test double hundred. The veteran West Indies left-handed batsman gathered an undefeated 203 to lead West Indies to 527 for four declared in their first innings in the first Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium here.

Chanderpaul stretched his innings to when West Indies made the declaration about 20 minutes before tea on the second day, equalling the same score he made against South Africa seven years ago on home soil at Bourda Oval in Guyana for his highest score in Tests.

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Day 2 of the first test between Bangladesh and West Indies at Mirpur ended with the Windies in a commanding position as they managed to bag 3 wickets in the last session of play after declaring at 527/4, without losing a single wicket today. Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored another double century as he ended unbeaten on 203 with good support from his overnight partner Denesh Ramdin (126*) at the other end. They put Bangladesh in to bat in the final session of play and picked up 3 crucial wickets before stumps to end the day with a lead of 363 runs.

The first half an hour of play was quite exciting; there were a few glimmers of hope for Bangladesh. The very second ball from Sohag Gazi beat Ramdin in flight but it also went past the keeper giving Ramdin a lifeline. Another incident occurred in the 10th over this morning when Ramdin pushed the ball to mid on and called for a quick single. It was a direct hit but Ramdin was just in by a couple of inches. Soon after, Chanderpaul came down the track and edged a ball from Gazi but the ball fell short of first slip. Not much fortune went Bangladesh’s way after that. Gazi bowled ten overs consecutively and was clearly the pick of the bowers. He managed to create periodic chances but all in vain. However, Bangladesh managed to cut down the Windies’ scoring rate. Though both batsmen were well set, they had to struggle to push even the singles. They managed just 76 runs in the first session to end at 437/4. Chanderpaul brought up his 150 and Ramdin was unbeaten on 84.

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The Springbok team to face Scotland on Saturday has two changes from the one that beat Ireland last weekend, with Gurthrö Steenkamp and Juan de Jongh being included in the starting line-up at Murrayfield.

Steenkamp replaces CJ van der Linde at loosehead prop after the latter took over as late replacement from Tendai Mtawarira last weekend. De Jongh replaces Jaco Taute at outside centre. Both Van der Linde and Taute have been included on the bench.

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shiv_chanderpaulWest Indies began their campaign in Bangladesh in spectacular fashion, scoring 361 runs for the loss of just 4 wickets to end day 1 of the first test on a high. Apart from an even first session, the day belonged to the Windies undoubtedly. They managed to frustrate the Bangladeshi bowlers with some choosy stroke-making and classy drives. They piled on runs at a very healthy rate just in excess of 4 an over. Bangladesh had a hard day in the field. Their bowlers failed to provide wickets barring debutant Sohag Gazi and Shahadat Hossain.

Opting to bat first, West Indies began in spectacular fashion as Chris Gayle whacked Gazi for two huge sixes in the first over to announce his arrival in Bangladesh. Gayle also hit consecutive fours off Shahadat Hossain in the 4th over. However, Gazi came back well in his third over to see the back of Gayle for 24, caught at long off.

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Qantas Wallabies flanker David Pocock and lock forward Kane Douglas have both been ruled out of this weekend's Cook Cup Test match against England in London.

The pair had scans yesterday afternoon on calf and knee complaints respectively, with the results last night confirming that both would have to bypass the game, which kicks off at 1.30am on Sunday morning, AEDST.

Pocock had been scheduled to return to playing duties after last having appeared during the opening match of this year's Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship against the All Blacks. He has been sidelined since with a medial ligament injury.

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Darren Sammy said West Indies were ready to chase more success, when they face hosts Bangladesh in the first Test, which opens on Tuesday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium here.

The West Indies captain said though his side were disappointed that the only practice match scheduled ahead of the Test had to be scrapped, the players had used the time wisely, working on specific areas of their game.

"The same thing happened to us a few years ago in Sri Lanka," he said. "We still had some specific work which we were doing and this time it is no different.

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Ravi Rampaul said there was still a role for the fast bowlers in the West Indies team to play, when they face hosts Bangladesh in their two-Test series. The West Indies fast bowler said he and the rest of the pace attack may find the pitches typically unforgiving during the series, but it just meant they had to adjust their tactics to reap the rewards.

"From past experiences, the pitches have always been slow for the fast bowlers, but the spinners get a little turn," he told reporters on Sunday ahead of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium here.

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