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Ban vs WI, 1st Test




He said West Indies are confident of chasing down a decent total with “hungry” batsmen in their line-up

West Indies believe that bowling out Bangladesh cheaply on the fourth day could get them to a stronger position later in the first Test in Chattogram. It would certainly the shift focus of the game towards their fourth-innings chase, away from their second-day batting meltdown when they lost their last five wickets for just six runs, in the space of 22 deliveries.

Their in-form batsman Jermaine Blackwood was upset with the way he got out – edging one to the wicketkeeper down the leg side – as it thwarted his plan to convert more of his fifties into hundreds, but said his partnership with Joshua Da Silva was going well, with an approach he had asked the younger batsman to follow.

“It was very frustrating,” Blackwood said of his dismissal. “I really wanted to convert more of these half-centuries into centuries. I am stepping into the right direction. But I was very disappointed at the way I got out. Next innings I have to hold down my head and bat in the same fashion. I wasn’t shocked. I was very disappointed. I knew I hit the ball. Jimbo (Rahkeem Cornwall) was telling me to probably take it (review).”

“I was just telling Josh to keep it simple, take it one ball at a time. Just stay positive as well. Once they bowled a bad delivery, we wanted to capitalise. When they bowled a good delivery, we want to be very defensive, and just look aggressive defending, playing back and leaving alone. I think me and Josh put on a very decent partnership.”

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