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Brathwaite ton drives West Indies

Rahim’s decision to field first backfires as hosts pile up 264 for 3 on opening day

Brathwaite ton drives West Indies - Cricket News
Kraigg Brathwaite scored an unbeaten 123 as West Indies ended the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh on 264 for 3.
Kraigg Brathwaite's second Test century helped West Indies put up a solid batting effort and finish on 264 for 3 after 87 overs on Friday (September 5), the rain-affected opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh. 
Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 123 when stumps were drawn at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in Kingstown. Keeping him company was Shivnarine Chanderpaul. 

Brathwaite, who displayed a vast amount of patience during the course of his 269-ball knock, first put on 116 for the opening wicket with Chris Gayle, the more attacking of the two. The duo's partnership, which came off 39.1 overs, ensured that the decision by Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain who opted to field first, quickly backfired. 

Bangladesh was heavily dependent on Shuvagata Hom, the off-spinner, and Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, both of whom were handed their debut, as the duo sent down 52 of the 87 overs delivered in the day. 

It was Hom who provided the breakthrough when he trapped Gayle leg before. Gayle had struck ten boundaries and a six en route to a 105-ball 64 by the time he departed, shortly after lunch. 

Islam then had his maiden Test wicket when Kirk Edwards, attempting to play against the spin, ended up giving a catch to Mominul Haque at silly point as Bangladesh fought their way back with a couple of quick strikes. 

Brathwaite, however, carried on and, in the company of Darren Bravo, ensured the balance tilted West Indies’ way. Bravo scored 62 off 126 balls in the third-wicket stand of 128 before failing in his bid to clear mid-off and handing Islam his second wicket. 

Islam's 25 overs fetched him 2 for 69 as he finished as the pick of the bowlers, while Hom took 1 for 76 off 27 overs. But while the performances of the two debutants was a positive for Bangladesh, the remainder of the attack proved to be ineffective. Al-Amin Hossain and Rubel Hossain, the new-ball bowlers, bowled 30 wicketless overs, while Mahmudullah conceded 31 runs off five overs of off-spin.

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