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Sunny bags four wickets on his Test debut in Bangladesh


Elias Sunny bagged four wickets on his debut to boost Bangladesh’s hopes of taking a first-innings lead in the opening Test against the West Indies yesterday.

The left-arm spinner took 4-56 as the West Indies reached 144-5 in their first innings at stumps on the penultimate day in reply to Bangladesh’s total of 350-9 declared.

Sunny, 25, did not have to wait long for his first Test wicket as he trapped Kirk Edwards leg before wicket in his third over, before dismissing Darren Bravo (2), teenager Kraigg Brathwaite and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the last session.

The West Indies were struggling at 52-3 before Chanderpaul (49) and Brathwaite steadied the innings with a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Sunny again put pressure on the tourists when he removed both the batsmen in his last five overs. Chanderpaul’s 72-ball knock contained two successive sixes over long-on off the left-arm spinner.

Brathwaite scored a 135-ball 33 before being caught by Imrul Kayes.

Marlon Samuels was unbeaten on 17 and Carlton Baugh on 6 not out when bad light stopped play.

Bangladesh paceman Shahadat Hossain got a wicket in his second over when he had Lendl Simmons (7) caught by Raqibul Hasan at gully.

Edwards, dropped on 3 by Shahadat at mid-on in Sunny’s opening over, failed to make the most of the chance as he fell after scoring 17 runs.

Bangladesh earlier added 95 runs to Friday’s total of 255-4, before declaring their innings. No play was possible on Saturday and Sunday because of rain.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3-81) and fast bowler Fidel Edwards (2-88) shared five wickets.

Edwards struck with his first delivery when he had skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (68) caught by Bishoo at square-leg, before dismissing Shahriar Nafees (32) in his next over. Rahim hit five fours in his 145-ball knock.

Nafees, who retired hurt on 21 after being struck by an Edwards bouncer on Friday, could add just 11 runs before being caught by wicketkeeper Baugh.

Bishoo also took two wickets in successive overs, removing debutant Nasir Hossain (34) and then Sunny for a duck. His third wicket came when he had Shahadat stumped for 9.

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