By Sean Devers in St Vincent
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A dogged unbeaten 85 from 309 minutes and 226 balls with six boundaries from veteran Guyanese Shiv Chanderpaul and 5-39 from 24.4 overs from Bajan left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn put West Indies in a firm position to take a 1-nil lead in the two-Test Dhaka Bank series at the Arnos Vale ground here in St Vincent when the third day’s play in the first Test ended yesterday with Bangladesh being bowled out for 182 in reply the 484-7 declared made by the host.
Only Mominul Haque who struck seven fours in 51, Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who was unbeaten on a fighting 48 from 79 balls and 134 minutes with six fours and Shamsur Rahman (38) offered any resistance AS Benn sliced through the Bangladesh innings on a flat track and heavy outfield to leave the visitors 103 runs short of the follow-on target.
West Indies enjoy a lead of 302 runs but their decision regarding the follow-on would be announced this morning.
Resuming on 407-3, West Indies lost Kraigg Braithwaite when played a sweep at left-arm spinner Taijul Islam and spooned a catch to short fine leg to end his 161-run stand with Chanderpaul after both batsmen showed positive intentions yesterday morning after scoring at a depressing run rate of 2.5 on the second day.
Braithwaite, the third youngest West Indian, behind George Headley and Sir Garfield, to score a Test century, added just seven to his overnight 205 before the 21-year-old Bajan departed at 422-4 after joining Brian Lara and Tamin Iqbal as the only batsmen to score a century at this venue
Jamaican Blackwood, who scored a fifty on debut against New Zealand in Trinidad before being dropped for the final Test of that series in Barbados, returned to the team but did not last long as he looked to attack in the interest of the team.
Blackwood (10) played around a ball from Rubel and was trapped LBW at 451-5, while Skipper Denesh Ramdin (5) soon skied Taijul to short mid wicket as the hosts, hunting quick runs, slipped to 466-6.
Jermaine Taylor has a Test century to his name and got off the Mark with an effortless six and followed it up with a four while Chanderpaul stroked Rubel down the ground for four as he approached his 30th test ton and fourth against Bangladesh.
But once Taylor was taken at long-on going after Taijul for 10 to give the spinner his fifth wicket, Chanderpaul, maybe realizing that he did not have enough time to reach his hundred without taking undue chances, seemed to be satisfied with recording his 47th not out at this level when the declaration was made with an hour and 10 minutes left in the morning session.
This was the 34th time Chanderpaul has not been dismissed in 93 Test innings where he has scored more than 50 and he was aided by Mushfiqur Rahim who missed a stumping chance in the 155th over off Taijul, who captured 5-115 from 47 overs on debut.
By lunch Bangladesh had reached 41-2 after losing Tamin (1) to Kemar Roach and Imrul Kayes (9) to Taylor at 18-2, both to slip catches by Darren Bravo to start the slide in sunny conditions.
By Tea, the visitors had lost two more wickets after Shamsur and Mominul had staged a recovery by taking the score to 80 before Benn removed Shamsur to another catch at slip off Bravo, while Mominul edged Shannon Gabriel to the Keeper on the stroke of Tea.
After the break only Shuvagata Hom (16) reached double figures as Rahim ran out of partners as part-time off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood (2-14) got rid of Mahmudullah (7) and Nasir (2) to sink Bangladesh, who beat the West Indies on this ground by 95 runs five years ago, to 118-6.
Benn then completed the demolition job by removing the last four batsmen to capture his fourth five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Bravo finished off the innings with his fifth catch.
West Indies will be keen to finish off this match as quickly as possible since this is in the middle of the Hurricane season here and thunder storms are forecast for today.
Scores: West Indies 484 for 7 dec (Brathwaite 205, Chanderpaul 85*, Taijul 5-135) lead Bangladesh 182 (Mominul 51, Mushfiqur 48*, Benn 5-39) by 302 runs.
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