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Big Benn chimes as WI take charge

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM
West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn takes a catch to dismiss Bangladesh's Nasir Hossain during the first Test against Bangladesh at Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St Vincent, yesterday.

St Vincent (CMC):

Sulieman Benn's fifth Test five-wicket haul crippled Bangladesh as West Indies took a vice grip on the opening Test at Arnos Vale yesterday.

The six-foot, eight-inch left-arm spinner claimed five for 39 as Bangladesh were shot out for a paltry 182 in response to the West Indies first innings of 484 for seven declared.

He was supported by part-time off-spinner, Jermaine Blackwood, who finished with two for 14, playing in only his second Test.

Left-hander Mominul Haque top scored with 51, captain Mushfiqur Rahim propped up the lower order with an unbeaten 48, while opener Shamsur Rahman chipped in with 35.

Earlier, veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was left stranded short of his 30th Test century as West Indies declared their innings halfway through the first session.

Chanderpaul unbeaten

Chanderpaul, resuming on 51, was left unbeaten on 85 as West Indies, resuming on 407 for three, went for quick runs with the declaration in mind.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, not out on 205 overnight, finally ended his marathon innings on 212, when he was caught square on the onside by Mominul off debutant left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who finished with five for 135. All told, the 21-year-old batted for nearly 91⁄4 hours, faced 447 balls and counted 14 fours.

Following his dismissal, wickets fell steadily as West Indies went for quick runs. Blackwood missed a heave at seamer Rubel Hossain and was lbw for 10 with the score on 451 for five and captain Denesh Ramdin holed out to mid-wicket for five off Taijul, 18 balls later with just 15 runs added.

Jerome Taylor got off the mark with a sweetly timed straight six off off-spinner Shuvagata Hom and followed up with a boundary to mid-wicket in the next over off Taijul before holing out to long on for 10.

Chanderpaul, meanwhile, tried to increase his scoring, but with his innings gathering no significant pace, he found himself stranded with the innings declaration.

With little over an hour to negotiate before lunch, Bangladesh stumbled to 41 for two at lunch, losing left-handers Tamim Iqbal for one and Imrul Kayes for nine. Tamim taken low down by at second slip by Darren Bravo - one of five for the Trinidadian in the innings.

Bravo became the only the second West Indies player to achieve the feat.

Benn also took the last three wickets to fall, as Bangladesh lost their last four wickets for 35 runs.