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Bangladesh fight back in Dhaka

AFP, DHAKA

Opener Kieran Powell smashed a century in each innings before Bangladesh captured late wickets to keep hopes alive of an unlikely result in the first Test in Dhaka yesterday.

The 22-year-old right-handed batsman scored 110 for his second century of the match to anchor his team to 244-6 at the close on the fourth day, leading by 215 runs and setting up an intriguing fifth and final day.

In the morning Bangladesh were dismissed for 556 runs in their first innings, taking a slender 29-run lead over the West Indies first knock of 527-4 declared.

Powell, who made 117 in the first innings, batted with resolve and authority and added 189 runs for the second wicket with Darren Bravo, who made 76.

However, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Powell and Denesh Ramdin for 5 and debutant Sohag Gazi took two wickets to stop the West Indies run flow sparked by Powell and Bravo.

Their stand is a new record for the second wicket against Bangladesh, beating the previous stand of 87 was between Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan at Gros Islet in 2004.

Gayle failed again, scoring only 19 before falling to paceman Rubel Hossain.

Bangladesh could have dismissed Powell early, but Junaid Siddique dropped a straightforward catch off paceman Shahadat Hossain. Powell was only 17 then.

He took full advantage of the life and together with Bravo boosted the total to 124-1 at tea, pacing the innings well in the last session.

Powell hit Shakib for a towering six before reaching his century with three boundaries in one Rubel over.

In all he hit 12 boundaries off 197 balls.

Earlier, Nasir Hossain missed his maiden century by just four runs, but still helped Bangladesh overhaul the West Indies total.

The 20-year-old Nasir, playing only his fifth Test, hit four sixes and six boundaries during his fiery 136-ball knock — improving on his previous best of 79 against Pakistan at the same venue last year.

Resuming on 455-6, Bangladesh were guided toward the West Indies total by a solid 121-run stand for the seventh wicket between Nasir and Mohammad Mahmudullah (62), before Sunil Narine took two quick wickets.

Sensing Bangladesh would fell short of the West Indies total, Nasir went on the attack by adding 61 for the ninth wicket with Shahadat Hossain (13) and during the stand also took his team into the lead.

Nasir hit two sixes off Veerasammy Permaul and one off Narine to enter the 90s, but was caught off a miscued lofted shot off paceman Tino Best.

The second and final Test will start in Khulna on Nov. 21.

First Test between India and England:

India 521-8 dec v England 41-3

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