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Recent Match Report – Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st Test 2020/21


Nayeem and Miraz removed Brathwaite and Mayers respectively as West Indies slumped to 189 for 5 at lunch

Lunch West Indies 189 for 5 (Blackwood 34*, Da Silva 12*, Rahman 2-36, Miraz 1-31) trail Bangladesh 430 by 241 runs

An attacking partnership between captain Kraigg Brathwaite (76) and debutant Kyle Mayers (40) headlined the first session of the third day of the first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies. However, the Bangladesh spinners, hampered as they are by the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, struck crucial blows to keep Bangladesh ahead at lunch.

Nevertheless, West Indies will draw confidence from the fact that they added 114 runs in the two hours of play, and still have five wickets in hand, to chip away at the Bangladesh total. Jermaine Blackwood (34*) grew in confidence after a shaky start, though he did see one Mehidy Hasan Miraz delivery ahead of lunch bounce a bit extra and take an edge, but land safely on the on side. Joshua Da Silva (12*) also survived an unusual shout for a dismissal, where a Taijul Islam delivery beat his bat, and grazed just past the off stump, and Bangladesh burnt a review of theirs.

The day couldn’t have begun better for the hosts, with Islam drawing Nkrumah Bonner forward with a teasing delivery on a length around off with his first ball, and drawing an edge for Najmul Hossain Shanto to take a sharp catch to his left. New man Mayers could also have been dismissed in an identical fashion off the third ball he faced, but his edge appeared to take a little deflection off Liton Das’ pads, and Shanto failed to grab on after getting his fingertips to the ball, as it flew to his left.

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