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Injured Mushfiqur keeps Bangladesh afloat

Skipper battles on despite badly bruised finger; visitor needs 46 more to avoid innings defeat

Injured Mushfiqur keeps Bangladesh afloat - Cricket News
Mushfiqur Rahim was injured on his finger but battled on to make a gritty 70, keeping Bangladesh alive in the first Test against the West Indies.
Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain, defied the West Indies attack and remained unbeaten on a 193-ball 70 as Bangladesh ended day four of the first Test on 256 for 5, still trailing by 46 runs, after it was asked to follow on at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent on Monday (September 8).

After West Indies declared on 484 for 7, it restricted Bangladesh to 182 on the third day. As Bangladesh followed on, Kemar Roach gave West Indies the early breakthrough when he dismissed Shamsur Rehman for four in the fourth over. Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal then brought some stability to the innings and added 70 for the second wicket. However, three quick wickets meant Bangladesh was reduced to 110 for 4 by lunch. 

Chris Gayle got rid of Kayes, caught by Kirk Edwards for a patient 72-ball 25. Mominul Haque departed soon, after stumped off Sulieman Benn, who had picked up 5 for 39 in the first innings. Tamim, who struck a 107-ball 53 and got to his 15th half-century with a six, was bowled by Benn in the 37th over.

Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah (66) collaborated to stitch together a 130-run stand for the fifth wicket and held the innings together for over three hours. Mushfiqur rode his luck, being dropped twice in the slips. Mahmudullah was also given a reprieve by Edwards when he spilled a catch at extra-cover off Gayle in the 79th over.  

However, Roach finally dismissed Mahmudullah after West Indies took the new ball, caught behind off the inside edge in the final hour of the day's play. Mushfiqur survived a painful blow on the middle finger of his right hand but batted through the day to keep the Bangladesh hopes alive.

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