CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC):
A sporting declaration by Bangladesh was not enough to engineer a result in the opening Test here yesterday and West Indies experienced little horrors in holding on for a predictable draw on the final day.
Resuming at their overnight 144 for five, West Indies were bowled out for 244 to concede a first innings lead of 106 runs in the game where the second and third days were abandoned due to rain.
Instead of batting out the final hours, however, Bangladesh inserted some excitement into the contest at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium by declaring at 119 for three in their second innings, though they batted cautiously to reach there.
When Kraigg Brathwaite was lbw to left-arm spinner Elias Sunny (6-94) without scoring to the fourth ball of the innings, Bangladesh flirted if only briefly with the possibility of a huge upset.
However, Lendl Simmons hit a brisk 44 from 49 balls before Kirk Edwards (28 not out) and Darren Bravo (24 not out) chipped in to ensure West Indies came away from the rain-ravaged contest unscathed, finishing the day on 100 for two.
Beginning the final day still 206 runs adrift of their target, West Indies lost Marlon Samuels in the day's third over, driving Sunny to cover after adding just seven runs to his over overnight 17.
Captain Darren Sammy then erased any anxiety in the Windies camp, blasting a counter-attacking 58 to record his first Test half-century.
In a cameo innings requiring just 43 balls, Sammy started with two successive fours off Sunny, before going on to add six more fours and two sixes. He dominated a 60-run stand with Carlton Baugh, who carried his overnight six to 30 off 32 balls before becoming Sunny's sixth wicket, bowled around his legs at 212 for seven.
Sammy, dropped on 28 by Shakib Al Hasan, continued to chance his arm and reached his 50 by carting Sunny over wide long-on for the first of his two sixes.
Left-arm spinner Shakib, who finished with three for 53, claimed his man in the end when he bowled Sammy at 244 for nine.
BANGLADESH 1st innings 350
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 144 for five)
L Simmons c Raqibul Hasan
|b Shahadat Hossain||7|
K Brathwaite c Imrul Kayes
|b Elias Sunny||33|
|K Edwards lbw b Elias Sunny||17|
D Bravo c Shahriar Nafees
|b Elias Sunny||2|
S Chanderpaul c Shahriar Nafees
|b Elias Sunny||49|
M Samuels c Raqibul Hasan
|b Elias Sunny||24|
|+C Baugh b Elias Sunny||30|
|D Sammy b Shakib Al Hasan||58|
R Rampaul c
|b Shakib Al Hasan||8|
|F Edwards not out||0|
|D Bishoo b Shakib Al Hasan||0|
|Extras: (b2, lb2, nb 7, pen5)||16|
|TOTAL: (5 wkts; 51 overs)||244|
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Simmons), 2-44 (K Edwards), 3-52 (Bravo), 4-114 (Brathwaite), 5-137 (Chanderpaul), 6-152 (Samuels), 7-212 (Baugh), 8-229 (Rampaul), 9-244 (Sammy), 10-244 (Bishoo).
Bowling: Shahadat Hossain 5-1-19-1, Rubel Hossain 15-2-52-0, Shakib Al Hasan 18-2-53-3, Elias Sunny 23-0-96-6, Nasir Hossain 7-1-17-0.
BANGLADESH 2nd innings
|Tamim Iqbal c wkp Baugh b Sammy||37|
|Imrul Kayes c wkp Baugh b Rampaul||13|
|Shahriar Nafees b Samuels||50|
|Raqibul Hasan not out||10|
|+Mushfiqur Rahim not out||2|
|Extras: (b4, lb2, nb1)||7|
|TOTAL: (3 wkts dec; 42 overs)||119|
Did not bat: Shakib Al Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Elias Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain.
Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Imrul Kayes), 2-72 (Tamim Iqbal), 3-116 (Shahriar Nafees)
Bowling: F Edwards 9-0-37-0, Rampaul 11-1-26-1, Samuels 16-3-41-1, Sammy 6-1-9-1.
WEST INDIES 2nd innings
(target: 226 runs)
L Simmons c Rubel Hossain
|b Shakib Al Hasan||44|
|K Brathwaite lbw b Elias Sunny||0|
|K Edwards not out||28|
|D Bravo not out||24|
|Extras: (lb2, nb2)||4|
|TOTAL: (2 wkts, 22 overs)||100|
Did not bat: M Samuels, S Chanderpaul,D Sammy, +C Baugh, R Rampaul, F Edwards, D Bishoo.
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Brathwaite), 2-58 (Simmons)
Bowling: Elias Sunny 6-0-34-1, Shahadat Hossain 4-0-21-0, Shakib Al Hasan 6-1-34-1, Rubel Hossain 2-0-3-0, Nasir Hossain 2-0-2-0, Naeem Islam 2-0-4-0.
Result: Match drawn.
Series: Two match series nil-all.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Nigel Llong;
TV: Enamul Haque.