The 2nd day of the 1st Tes match between West Indies and Bangladesh started with West Indies looking to strengthen their control over the match. The first session of the 2nd day was lost to rain and wet out field and this meant that West Indies will look to score quicker but this was not the case. Both the overnight batsman started cautiously , Kraigg Brathwaite and Shivnarine Chanderpaul concentrating to play a big innings. Also, the fact that the ball was doing a bit made them play their natural game.
When the play resumed after the lunch, the duo scored 80 runs in the 28 overs before Tea, with Brathwaite crossing 150 run mark. The run rate was over 3 for West Indies in this period and the team score went past 300 without any wicket falling on the 2nd day.
When the 3rd session resumed, everyone expected West Indies to go all guns blazing and seal their advantage but some over cautious approach from the two batsman meant that West Indies scored just at a rate of 2.25 runs per over in the 3rd session and an overall of 2.55 runs per over. Even the Bangladesh players were found talking of having the duo to bat on the 3rd day also, just shows how their defensive batting might hurt West Indies. Though slowly, Braithwaite scored his double century and Chanderpaul managed a half century to before the end of day’s play , taking the Windies score past 400, 407 to be exact.
Braithwaite looked very edgy in the 190s , taking 39 deliveries to reach 200 from 190 . But , now he holds the record for the highest score by an opener in 2014. West Indies are comfortably placed at 407 for 3 and now they will have to show some attacking game from their side , or else this will end up in a draw. Bangladesh on the other side will now look to keep things tight, not to leak runs, no matter if they are getting wickets or not.
The 3rd of the match is interestingly poised and all eyes will be on the hard hitters in the Carribean line up.
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