Bangladesh facing uphill task after wickets tumble

AFP, KHULNA, Bangladesh

Sun, Nov 25, 2012 - Page 20

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan followed his four wickets with a fighting 97 to delay West Indies’ likely win in the second and final Test in Khulna yesterday.

The left-hander missed his third Test hundred by a mere three runs but carried the home team from a precarious 82-5 to 262-6 at the close on the fourth day, still needing 35 to avoid an innings defeat.

Shakib fell off the first ball of the penultimate over of the day, miscuing a lofted shot off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and was caught at mid-off for by Tino Best.

Shakib and Nasir Hossain added 144 for the sixth wicket, with Nasir contributing an aggressive 64 not out.

Paceman Best (3-26) had put the West Indies on course for an innings victory with a triple strike in the post-lunch session but Shakib and Nasir ensured Bangladesh would not go down without a fight.

Best had opener Tamim Iqbal (28) with the first ball of his first over of the day, then rattled Naeem Islam’s stumps with his fourth ball before dismissing Shahriar Nafees (21) in his third over.

Bangladesh got off to a disastrous start when opener Nazimuddin was trapped leg-before for a duck off paceman Fidel Edwards’s third ball of the innings.

Iqbal and Nafees took the score to 49 before Best was introduced.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim was bowled for 10 by Permaul who took 2-51.

Shakib and Nasir then batted with confidence, improving the previous best sixth wicket stand of 87 for Bangladesh against the West Indies scored by Rahim and Nasir in the first innings.

Earlier, Shakib became only the second Bangladeshi bowler to take 100 wickets in Tests as he dismissed four batsmen in the morning session before the tourists declared on 648-9 after resuming at 564-4.

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on a brilliant 150. The experienced left-hander hit 12 fours and a six off 282 balls. He also hit 203 not out in the first Test.

Shakib had Denesh Ramdin caught behind off a wild shot for 31 and then two balls later forced an edge from Darren Sammy which was well caught by Mohammad Mahmudullah in the slips to complete his century of wickets.

He then removed Permaul (13) and Sunil Narine in the last over before lunch to finish with 4-151.

Day 2 of the second Test between India and England in Mumbai:

India 327, England 178-2