WI make slow, strong start
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):Leon Johnson celebrated his debut with a half-century and in-form Kraigg Brath-waite cashed in again, but timid West Indies made heavy weather of an ordinary Bangladesh attack on the opening day of the second Test yesterday.
Inserted in their 500th Test, the hosts laboured to 246 for three at the close at Beausejour Cricket Ground, with the left-handed Johnson top-scoring with 66 and his opener partner Brathwaite getting 63.
The pair put on 143 for the first wicket before both fell before tea. But Darren Bravo, unbeaten on 44 and veteran Shiv Chanderpaul, not out on 34, have so far added 61 for the fourth wicket to keep the Windies on top.
However, Bravo and Chander-paul were guilty of meandering in the last session, content to prod and poke without showing any positive intent.
West Indies were greatly helped by ordinary fielding from the Bangladeshis who grassed three catches, including one off Chanderpaul.
Johnson and Brathwaite made a cautious start, showing little aggression as they slowly constructed the Windies innings, to reach 61 without loss at the lunch break.
West Indies' 300th Test player, the 27-year-old Guyanese, faced 162 balls in 227 minutes at the crease and struck five fours and a six, while Brathwaite batted just over 31/2 hours, faced 150 balls and counted five fours.
Johnson needed nearly half-hour to get his first Test run, standing tall and tucking seamer Al-Amin Hossain into the off-side off the 17th ball he faced.
West Indies were also without a boundary for the first hour and Johnson finally broke the shackles in the first over after the drinks break when he caressed a loose half-volley from seamer Shafiul Islam through cover.
WEST INDIES 1st innings
K Brathwaite c Taijul Islam b Shafiul Islam 63L Johnson lbw b Taijul Islam 66K Edwards c Shamsur Rahman b Mahmudullah 16D Bravo not out 44S Chanderpaul not out 34Extras (b8, lb2, w9, nb4) 23TOTAL (3 wkts, 90 overs) 246
To bat: J Blackwood,+D Ramdin, J Taylor, K Roach, S Benn, S Gabriel
Fall of wickets: 1-143 (Brathwaite), 2-145 (Johnson), 3-185 (Edwards)
Bowling: Al-Amin Hossain 18-3-33-0 (w1), Shafiul Islam 19-7-37-1 (w1), Robiul Islam 19-4-55-0 (w3, nb4), Taijul Islam 20-4-79-1, Mahmudullah 12-2-25-1, Nasir Hossain 2-0-7-0.
BANGLADESH - Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Robiul Islam.
Umpires: Steve Davis, Richard Illingworth; TV - Marais Erasmus.