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West Indies 295 for four (Brathwaite A hundred and ten, Hetmyer eighty four*, Mehidy 3-Ninety) v Bangladesh
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Kraigg Brathwaite‘s 2d consecutive century helped West Indies set up early dominance on the outlet day’s play in Kingston. West Indies went to stumps comfortably-placed at 295 for four, having accumulated runs at four.Eighty five per over in the put up-tea session: a well-known jump from 2.25 and 2.Eighty three in the first two sessions respectively.

Brathwaite added 109 for the fourth wicket with Shimron Hetmyer, which came on the help of a seventy 9-escape 1/3-wicket stand with Shai Hope, and 50 runs for the 2d wicket with Kieran Powell. Hetmyer, who had added Forty eight for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand with Roston Crawl, remained unbeaten on eighty four off ninety eight balls – his 2d Test fifty.

However the day in reality belonged to Brathwaite, who once all another time stood out for his tenacity. He turned into once equally cautious against left-arm trudge, orthodox offspin and tempo, with out displaying any weakness or liking for a specific bowler. Brathwaite nullified Bangladesh’s first long spell of trudge throughout the 2d session, doggedly defending anything else outside his stumps, even because the ball zipped around.

He peaceful the massive majority of his runs on the on-facet, with the singles and twos in the help of the square web shriek a general incidence. Six of his 9 fours also came on the on-facet as Bangladesh did successfully to restrict him from riding freely. However given his boundless persistence, Brathwaite aloof checked out ease. He also ran laborious between the wickets, picking up three threes.

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Having benefited from Bangladesh’s failure to procure a evaluate when he turned into once rapped on the pad on ninety eight, Brathwaite went on to toddle Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo as he faced 250-plus deliveries in an innings for the sixth time in his profession.

He fell late in the day, searching for to hit Mehidy for a 2d successive boundary through midwicket, biggest to search out Taijul with out warning transferring at instant midwicket to total the salvage. By then, on the opposite hand, he had neutralised Bangladesh’s early thrust as they unleashed their spinners in the morning.

Despite the tempo and jump on offer, Shakib went in with three spinners – as against West Indies, who dropped their biggest specialist spinner – and frail them at this time to lawful lift out. Opening the bowling himself, Shakib and Mehidy created plenty of probabilities in the first hour, taking succor of the mammoth turn accessible outside the toll road of the stumps. They kept the end-in fielders busy with half of-probabilities, and Devon Smith’s inside of-edge, off Mehidy’s a shrimp leg-sidish shipping, resulted in a straightforward salvage to Mominul Haque at instant leg.

No. 3 Kieran Powell tried to interrupt the shackles, nonetheless when Mehidy observed his inclination to hold help to stout deliveries, the offspinner’s persistence paid off when he turned into once trapped leg-sooner than to a an identical shipping for 29. However Brathwaite’s single-mindedness in defence slowly offset Bangladesh’s early advantage. He reached his fifty in the 2d session, taking 149 balls to procure there. He added seventy 9 runs for the 1/3 wicket with Shai Hope, who struck two fours in his 29 off seventy 9 balls. Hope then inside of-edged Taijul Islam on to his pads, the ball lobbing up against silly point for wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan to total a diving salvage.

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In Brathwaite’s presence, West Indies picked up tempo in the final session. He took Taijul Islam for three fours sooner than blasting Kamrul Islam Rabbi past point. Three overs after Brathwaite reached his century, Hetmyer sliced one past the slips for four to set up his fifty.

More boundaries followed at some stage in the Hetmyer-Crawl stand. Crawl tucked Mehidy past shapely-leg and throughout the covers for his first two fours, while Hetmyer struck the day’s first six, in the Ninetieth over, over long-off. The shift in gears summed up West Indies’ development from being severely tested against trudge firstly up of the day, to batting pretty freely by the dwell of it.


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