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Johnson, Brathwaite in record stand

West Indies reaches 246 for 3 on day one of final Test against Bangladesh

Johnson, Brathwaite in record stand - Cricket News
Leon Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite featured in a record West Indies opening stand to help their team reach 246 for 3.
Leon Johnson, the debutant, top-scored with 66 as West Indies, playing a landmark 500th Test, reached 246 for 3 on the opening day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh on Saturday (September 13). 

Put in at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia, Johnson shared a West Indian record opening partnership against Bangladesh alongside Kraigg Brathwaite. The pair added 143 in 49.5 overs as Mushfiqur Rahim's decision to field first backfired. Their stand eclipsed the previous record of 131 between Chris Gayle and Wavell Hinds in Dhaka in 2002. 

Brathwaite, the double centurion from the previous Test, carried his good form into the match, making a patient 150-ball 63 as the duo lasted for over three-and-a-half hours and frustrated the visitor. 

Shafiul Islam, the right-arm pacer, provided the breakthrough when he had Brathwaite caught by Taijul Islam at point off a short, wide delivery. Bangladesh struck for a second time soon after when Taijul trapped Johnson in front. 

Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo then came together for a third-wicket stand worth 40 before Edwards holed out to Shamsur Rahman at cover off a tossed up delivery from Mahmudullah, the offspinner.

However, Bravo and , Shivnarine Chanderpaul ensured no further damage and took West Indies to a comfortable position by close. Bravo remained unbeaten on 44, while Chanderpaul was on 34 when stumps were drawn.

Shafiul, Taijul and Mahmudullah picked up one wicket apiece while Al-Amin Hossain was very economical, giving away just 33 runs off his 18 overs. 

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