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Brathwaite, Hetmyer put West Indies in command

West Indies 295 for four (Brathwaite 110, Hetmyer 84*, Mehidy Three-90) v Bangladesh
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Kraigg Brathwaite drills a boundary by means of midwicket AFP

Kraigg Brathwaite’s second consecutive century helped West Indies set up early dominance on the opening day’s play in Kingston. West Indies went to stumps comfortably-placed at 295 for four, having accrued runs at four.85 per over in the post-tea session: a big soar from 2.25 and a pair of.83 in the primary two classes respectively.

Brathwaite added 109 for the fourth wicket with Shimron Hetmyer, which got here on the again of a 79-run third-wicket stand with Shai Hope, and 50 runs for the second wicket with Kieran Powell. Hetmyer, who had added 48 for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand with Roston Chase, remained unbeaten on 84 off 98 balls – his second Test fifty.

But the day really belonged to Brathwaite, who as soon as once more stood out for his tenacity. He was equally cautious in opposition to left-arm spin, orthodox offspin and tempo, with out exhibiting any weak point or liking for a selected bowler. Brathwaite nullified Bangladesh’s first lengthy spell of spin by means of the second session, doggedly defending something exterior his stumps, even because the ball zipped round.

He collected the majority of his runs on the on-side, with the singles and twos behind the sq. area a standard prevalence. Six of his 9 fours additionally got here on the on-side as Bangladesh did properly to limit him from driving freely. But given his boundless persistence, Brathwaite nonetheless checked out ease. He additionally ran arduous between the wickets, selecting up three threes.

Having benefited from Bangladesh’s failure to take a evaluation when he was rapped on the pad on 98, Brathwaite went on to go Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo as he confronted 250-plus deliveries in an innings for the sixth time in his profession.

He fell late in the day, making an attempt to hit Mehidy for a second successive boundary by means of midwicket, solely to seek out Taijul swiftly shifting at quick midwicket to finish the catch. By then, nonetheless, he had neutralised Bangladesh’s early thrust as they unleashed their spinners in the morning.

Despite the tempo and bounce on provide, Shakib went in with three spinners – versus West Indies, who dropped their solely specialist spinner – and used them instantly to good impact. Opening the bowling himself, Shakib and Mehidy created loads of possibilities in the primary hour, making the most of the massive flip out there exterior the road of the stumps. They saved the close-in fielders busy with half-chances, and Devon Smith’s inside-edge, off Mehidy’s barely leg-sidish supply, resulted in a easy catch to Mominul Haque at quick leg.

No. Three Kieran Powell tried to interrupt the shackles, however when Mehidy observed his inclination to hold again to full deliveries, the offspinner’s persistence paid off when he was trapped leg-before to an analogous supply for 29. But Brathwaite’s single-mindedness in defence slowly offset Bangladesh’s early benefit. He reached his fifty in the second session, taking 149 balls to get there. He added 79 runs for the third wicket with Shai Hope, who struck two fours in his 29 off 79 balls. Hope then inside-edged Taijul Islam on to his pads, the ball lobbing up in direction of foolish level for wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan to finish a diving catch.

In Brathwaite’s presence, West Indies picked up tempo in the ultimate session. He took Taijul Islam for 3 fours earlier than blasting Kamrul Islam Rabbi previous level. Three overs after Brathwaite reached his century, Hetmyer sliced one previous the slips for 4 to boost his fifty.

More boundaries adopted in the course of the Hetmyer-Chase stand. Chase tucked Mehidy previous fine-leg and thru the covers for his first two fours, whereas Hetmyer struck the day’s first six, in the 90th over, over long-off. The shift in gears summed up West Indies’ progress from being severely examined in opposition to spin firstly of the day, to batting fairly freely by the top of it.

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