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Windies in driving seat against Tigers

  • Published at 09:29 am July 5th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:30 am July 5th, 2018
The West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite plays a shot during day one of their first Test against Bangladesh in Antigua Wednesday AFP

The West Indies elevated themselves to the driving seat at stumps on day one of their first Test match against Bangladesh, posting 201 runs losing two wickets in 68 overs, replying to the Tigers' first innings tally of 43 all-out at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua Wednesday.

Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite was unbeaten on a patient 204-ball 88, featuring eight fours, while nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo was not out on one.

Brathwaite added 113 runs for the opening wicket with the left-handed batsman Devon Smith, who made a workmanlike 58 off 123 balls with seven fours before being dismissed by debutant Abu Jayed.

Brathwaite then stitched together 81 runs for the second wicket with No 3 batsman Kieran Powell, who made a somewhat brisk 48 off 65 deliveries, including seven fours, before departing off the bowling of off-spinner Mahmudullah.

Earlier, Bangladesh were skittled out for 43 in just 18.4 overs in the face of some devastating bowling by the Windies.

Opener Liton Das (25) was the only Bangladesh batsman who reached double digit.

Seamer Kemar Roach led the way with five wickets while pacers Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins shared five wickets between themselves.

It was a disappointing outing to say the least for captain Shakib al Hasan, skippering the Test side for the first time in seven years, and newly-appointed head coach Steve Rhodes.