The first test match between Bangladesh and West Indies commenced yesterday and it was a series of significant importance to both the teams. West Indies were desperate to sort out things for them while Bangladesh were desperate to snatch their first win in this year. The match is scheduled at Kingstown and Bangladesh had won the toss and opted to field first.
It was quite as expected that the West Indian innings was opened by the Jamaican giant, Chris Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite. For Bangladesh, Al Amin Hossain started off the bowling. Initially it was quite of a good start by the West Indian batsmen and both the batsmen looked to get settled at the crease. In fact, Gayle got his first runs after facing 12 deliveries. That is quite something absurd. West Indies were progressing towards a good position and they were 52 for no loss after the end of 13 overs when rain intervened the play. But fortunately, rain did not play much of a role and play resumed shortly after that. Gayle started shifting gears and thrashed bowlers for boundaries and none of Rubel Hossain and Taijul Islam could not manage to trouble the West Indian openers. In the 22nd over of the innings, Gayle was dropped on a delivery of Rubel Hossain. And at lunch, West Indies were cruising at 103 for no loss.
In the second session, Bangladesh managed to tighten things by a bit and they restricted the swift run scoring of the West Indians. And as a result, they got the reward of it. Gayle was dismissed on the 40th over by debutant Shuvagata Hom at the score of 64 runs. And with that, West Indies were 116 for the loss of a single wicket. Gayle’s dismissal was followed by Kirk Edwards dismissal in the 43rd over of the innings. It was then Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite who were progressing to build up a solid partnership. And at tea, West Indies were poised at 182 for the loss of 2 wickets and Brathwaite was edging towards a century. He was unbeaten on 89.
In the 3rd session, Bangladesh made several bowling changes but none of them were that much effective in its course. And on the last ball of the 66th over by Mahmudullah, Brathwaite slapped a ball into the fence to register a well deserved century to his him. It was indeed a well played innings. He carried on with the same momentum after completing the century and Bravo was also aggressive on the other end. It was on the 79th over of the West Indian innings when Darren Bravo completed his half century and this partnership was surely proving to be golden for West Indies. But unfortunately in the final hour of the day, Bravo gave away his wicket to Taijul Islam. He was looking to clear the ground through the mid-off region but was eventually caught under the hands of Mahmudullah. Then Mr. Dependable, Shiv Chanderpaul came in to bat for the West Indies and at stumps West Indies were evenly poised at 264 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Brathwaite is unbeaten on 122 while Chanderpaul is unbeaten on 0.
It is to be seen that whether the Bangladeshi bowlers be able to put up some fight in the second day of the test.