The second test between West Indies and Bangladesh is indeed a grand occasion for the West Indian team. This test marked their 500th international test in the history of the game. And it was of no surprise that West Indies would love to convert it into a winning one for sure. But West Indies had some problems in the top order due to the absence of the Jamaican giant, Chris Gayle.
As it happened, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to field first in the match. Leon Johnson replaced Gayle. He alongside the double centurion of the first test, Kraigg Brathwaite opened the innings for the West Indies and it proved to be another sensational start for the Caribbean men. Al Amin Hossain and Shafiul Islam started proceedings for the Bangladeshis. None of the bowlers did not manage to trouble the batsmen to the slightest and West Indies were moving towards a good score. At lunch, West Indies were cruised at 61 for no loss.
The second session was going to be exciting. It was obvious that West Indies would want to increase their scoring rate as they were going at just over 2 runs an over. On the other hand, Bangladesh had to go for wickets to stay in the game. West Indies passed the score of hundred without losing further wickets. Even Leon Johnson was looking pretty much steady at the crease and was scoring at quite good rate. Finally, in the 50th over of the West Indian innings, Brathwaite fell in the hands of Taijul Islam. He was dismissed by Shafiul Islam. And the opening partnership for West Indies contributed 143 runs. Brathwaite was dismissed at a score of 63 runs. It was yet another great innings from him. Soon after Brathwaite’s dismissal, the second opener, Leon Johnson was dismissed. He was adjourned LBW on a delivery from Taijul Islam and thus he was dismissed for 66 runs. West Indies thus after losing 2 quick wickets got into some spot of bother. Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo resumed started to steady the West Indian innings and at tea, West Indies were 153 for the loss of 2 wickets.
The third session started thus. And Bravo and Edwards were building a steady enough partnership between them. But in the 66th over of the West Indian innings, Edwards was deceived by the spin of Mahmuddullah and he was caught at the score of 16 runs. Wes Indies lost their third wicket at the score of 185 runs. The Mr. Dependable for West Indies, Shivnarine Chanderpaul came in next and he alongside Bravo started building another partnership for the West Indies and they were progressing quite steadily. Finally, West Indies did not lose any further wickets in the day and at stumps of Day 1, West Indies are poised at a score of 246 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. The first day thus went pretty good for the West Indies and they would try to put up a massive first innings total on the second day of the test.
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