Brathwaite Puts Windies In Driving Seat

Another outstanding knock from captain Kraigg Brathwaite was the backbone of the first innings as West Indies cemented their advantage over Bangladesh on Friday.

Resuming the second day on 95-2 West Indies were all out for 265 after tea – which gave them a first-innings lead of 162, having dismissed the visitors for 103 on an eventful opening day.

Brathwaite fell six short of what would have been an 11th Test hundred when he was trapped leg-before wicket for 94. It was another pivotal knock this year to follow scores of 55, 160, and 56 not out in the epic series win against England earlier this year.

Vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood stroked 63 and Nkrumah Bonner, 33 while Gudakesh Motie in his first Test knock, played freely unbeaten 23 off 21 balls but off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, with 4-59, along with seamers Khaled Ahmed (2-59) and Ebadot Hossain (2-65), combined to bring a swift end to the West Indies innings.

By close Bangladesh were reduced to 50-2 by stumps as they trail by trailed by 112 with eight wickets left. With strong support from his fans in the stands at the Sir Andy Roberts End, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was fired up and proved to be an inspiration with the ball in the evening as he took both wickets. The first was opener Tamim Iqbal for 22 in the 10th over.


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