Brathwaite gets first Test double 100
ARNOS VALE, St Vincent (AP):
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite compiled an unbeaten 205 as the West Indies reached 407 for three against Bangladesh at the close of a rain-hit second day of the opening cricket Test at Arnos Vale Sports Complex yesterday.
The hosts, 264-3 overnight, were stalled by persistent morning rain that wiped out play before lunch.
But once play got under way at 1:30 p.m. local time, Brathwaite continued where he left off from day one and stretched his second Test ton to a career-best first-class score.
The dogged 21-year-old, 123 overnight, brought up his double century in the penultimate over of the day with his 14th boundary. The right-hander's innings spanned 437 balls and nine hours, 10 minutes.
146 UNBROKEN STAND
Brathwaite and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul stretched their fourth-wicket stand to 146 unbroken in the 56 overs available during the day.
The 40-year-old Chanderpaul, in his 157th Test, ground out an unbeaten 51 off 177 balls. He has hit three fours in just short of four hours.
Fast-bowler Rubel Hossain tested Chanderpaul with the second new ball when the early rain cleared up and play resumed in the afternoon. But the only real chance the Bangladeshis had to separate the pair was when Taijul Islam's throw from mid-on missed when a direct hit would have run out Brathwaite when he was 154.
The West Indian pair went to tea on 344-3 and further ground the tourists in the final session.
Brathwaite became the third youngest West Indian to notch a double century, following Caribbean greats George Headley, aged 20 in 1930, and Garry Sobers, aged 21 in 1958.
WEST INDIES 1st innings
(overnight 264 for three)
C. Gayle lbw b Shuvagata Hom 64K. Brathwaite not out 205K. Edwards c Mominul Haque b Taijul Islam 10D.M. Bravo c Mahmudullah b Taijul Islam 62S. Chanderpaul not out 51Extras (b5, lb9, nb1) 15TOTAL (3 wkts, 143 overs) 407
To bat: J. Blackwood,+D. Ramdin, K. Roach, J. Taylor, S Benn, S Gabriel.
Fall of wickets: 1-116, 2-133, 3-261.
Bowling: Al-Amin Hossain 22-12-43-0, Rubel Hossain 23-1-82-0 (nb1), Mahmudullah 10-0-64-0, Shuvagata Hom 35-6-93-1, Taijul Islam 39-8-106-2, Nasir Hossain 4-1-4-0, Mominul Haque 1-0-1-0.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Richard Illingworth; TV - Steve Davis.