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

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.

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Sehwag, Swann share opening day honours of Ahmedabad Test

virender_sehwagThe first day of the highly anticipated India-England test series didn't disappoint cricket lovers as the vocal crowd in Ahmedabad witnessed a good day of test cricket that saw Virender Sehwag (117) take the attack to the touring English side and put India on top before Graeme Swann brought England right back into the contest by picking up 4 big scalps with his fine brand of off-spin bowling. India were reduced to 283/4 from 224/1 before Cheteshwar Pujara(98*) and Yuvraj Singh(22*) saw the day through at 323/4  without further damage, leaving the game tantalizingly poised for day 2. India started off in great style as Gautam Gambhir(45) and Sehwag put on 134 for the first wicket at a quick rate before Pujara later consolidated India’s position with another dogged innings of 98 unbeaten to put India ahead of the game despite Swann’s heroics on what looked like a flat, slow deck in Ahmedabad.

The much talked about 1st Test of the the 4 match India-England series kicked off amidst clear skies at the VCA stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad on Thursday. The Indian captain M S Dhoni won a crucial toss and chose to bat on a dry wicket to get things started on a positive note for the home side, who will be looking to avenge their 4-0 loss to their opponents in England earlier this year.

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Chanderpaul delighted with second career Double Century

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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Clarke and Kallis on the rise in ICC Player Rankings

Australia captain Michael Clarke and South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis have both boosted their positions in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen this week after strong performances in the recently completed Test match between the two countries in Brisbane.

Clarke's 259 not out at the 'Gabba has seen him rise two places to fourth in the rankings, while Kallis has risen one place to third after his 147 in the first innings. Kallis' team-mate Hashim Amla has further secured second place in the table and a career-best rating after also scoring a century in the match.

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Windies in control: Bag 3 wickets before stumps after declaring on 527/4

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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