TeaWest Indies 375 for 7 (Hope 50*, Roach 25*) lead Bangladesh 43 (Roach 5-8, Cummins 3-11) by 228 runs



Mehidy Hasan trapped Roston Chase © AFP

Bangladesh’s spinners gave them four wickets in the post-lunch session but two rapid partnerships put West Indies back on track. Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets each, with Mehidy’s second giving him his 50th Test wicket.

Bangladesh didn’t use a seamer in the day’s second session, and it was based on the reward they got from the onset. Kraigg Brathwaite, after making 121 runs off 291 balls with eleven fours, fell in the first over after lunch, giving Shakib his first wicket.

Mehidy trapped Roston Chase leg-before for two, before the in-form Shane Dowrich fell to a good catch at silly mid-off by Liton Das. Jason Holder then smacked two sixes and as many fours in his 33 off 46 balls. Holder’s sixes were both hit down the ground, one slightly towards midwicket. Mehidy removed him after he offered a catch at short leg, but not before Holder and Shai Hope added 50 for the seventh wicket.

Kemar Roach, still restricted by the hamstring injury, struck four boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 25, which helped West Indies nullify Bangladesh’s spin threat further. Hope, too, reached his fifty, taking 100 balls.

In the first session, Brathwaite reached his seventh Test hundred, his first since August last year. He needed 20 balls in the morning session to reach his century after being unbeaten overnight on 88. He reached the landmark by guiding Kamrul Islam Rabbi over gully for four, having gone through 15 Test innings without a century.

Braithwaite and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo added 52 runs in 21.4 overs before Rabbi clattered Bishoo’s off stump after he had faced 79 deliveries for his 19 runs.

Four overs earlier, Shakib had refused to take the review after Rubel Hossain had trapped Bishoo in front with the second new ball. Brathwaite too had an anxious moment when Liton Das dropped a difficult catch at leg gully off Abu Jayed to reprieve the batsman on 110.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84


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