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Benn spins West Indies to a position of strength

The left-arm spinner returns figures of 5 for 39 as Bangladesh folded for 187 giving hosts an overall lead of 302

Benn spins West Indies to a position of strength - Cricket News
Sulieman Benn ended with figures of 5 for 39.

Sulieman Benn ended with figures of 5 for 39 as Bangladesh folded for just 182 on Day 3 to give West Indies a 302-run lead at stumps on the third day of the first Test at Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent on Sunday (September 7).

Only Mominul Haque (51) and Mushfiqur Rahim, who remained unbeaten on 48, offered any resistance as the bowlers, led by Benn, swept through the tourists' batting order. Earlier in the day, West Indies declared on 484 for 7.

Benn dismissed Al-Amin Hossain caught by Darren Bravo to seal his fifth wicket. Bravo, who took five catches, became the second West Indies fielder after Darren Sammy to take five catches in a Test innings.

Al-Amin’s dismissal just before the close of play means West Indies will be left to ponder overnight on whether it should enforce the follow on or bat a second time.

Bangladesh lost its first two wickets cheaply to Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor before the lunch interval. Mominul and Shamsur Rahman (35) tried to resurrect the innings with a 68-run wicket for the third wicket. However, Benn dismissed Shamsur and then Shannon Gabriel had Mominul caught down the legside on the last ball before tea. Mushfiqur waged a lone battle as wickets continued to tumble at the other end.

Earlier, West Indies batsmen tried to increase the scoring rate after rain affected play on the second day. However, left-arm spinner Taijul Islam kept chipping away with wickets and took three of the last four wickets to fall. The 22-year-old ended with figures of 5 for 135 and got the priced wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite, who top-edged a sweep to short fine-leg. Brathwaite’s marathon innings of 212 ended after 554 minutes at the crease and consisted of 14 fours.

Denesh Ramdin showed positive intent from the beginning but was caught by Rubel Hossain at midwicket after he tried to go for a big shot for 5. Jerome Taylor swung a full-toss to Shuvagata Hom at long-on to give Taijul his fifth wicket.

Chanderpaul, who added 161 runs for the fourth wicket with Brathwaite, remained unbeaten on 85, just 15 runs short of a well-deserved century as West Indies declared its innings just 80 minutes into the day’s play.

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