West Indies edge towards safety in rain-hit test

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, (Reuters) – Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny claimed four wickets on his debut but could not stop West Indies from moving towards safety in the rain-hit first test against Bangladesh yesterday.

West Indies reached 144-5 at the close on the fourth day in reply to Bangladesh’s 350-9 declared in their first innings after rain and a damp outfield caused a cancellation of more than two days of play.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell one run short of a half century after adding 62 with Kraigg Brathwaite (33).

Guyana’s Shivnarine Chanderpaul has so far hit the topscore of 49. (CaribbeanCricket.com)

Chanderpaul had survived two close appeals and was almost caught at forward short leg by Imrul Kayes off Sunny on 26, before he fell to the same bowler when he was caught in the slips by Shahriar Nafees.

Bangladesh started to build pressure from the start of West Indies innings and were denied a breakthrough in the second over when Rubel Hossain uprooted the stumps of Brathwaite, only for the umpire to signal a no ball.

Shahadat Hossain struck in the next over when he forced Lendl Simmons (7) to swot a catch to Roqibul Hassan at gully.

Sunny claimed his first test wicket when he trapped Kirk Edwards (17) leg before and he had Dwayne Bravo (2) caught soon after.

Earlier, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed 3-81 to restrict Bangladesh who had resumed on 255-4.

Bangladesh first innings (overnight 255-4)
T. Iqbal c Braithwaite b Samuels                                   52
I. Kayes c Baugh b Rampaul                                            10
S. Nafees c Baugh b Edwards                                           32
R. Hassan lbw b Sammy                                                    41
M. Rahim c Bishoo b Edwards                                        68
S. Hasan c Baugh b Samuels                                            40
N. Islam not out                                                                   36
N. Hossain c Baugh b Bishoo                                           34
E. Sunny c Sammy b Bishoo                                              0
S. Hossain st Bough b Bishoo                                            9
R. Hossain not out                                                                5
Extras (b-8 lb-5 nb-5 w-5)                                              23
Total (for nine wickets dec; 122.4 overs)                350
Fall of wickets: 1-26 2-110 3-159 4-238 5-255 6-274 7-317 8-317 9-345
Bowling: F. Edwards 18.4-1-88-2 (nb-5 w-1), R. Rampaul 23-8-42-1, D. Sammy 26-8-53-1, M. Samuels 25-4-73-2, D. Bishoo 30-6-81-3.

West Indies first innings

L. Simmons c Roqibul Hasan b Shahadat Hossain            7
K. Brathwaite c Imrul Kayes b Elias Sunny                       33
K. Edwards lbw b Elias Sunny                                                 17
D. Bravo c Shahriar Nafees b Elias Sunny                            2
S. Chanderpaul c Shahriar Nafees b Elias Sunny            49
M. Samuels not out                                                                     17
C. Baugh not                                                                                     6
Extras (b-2 lb-1 nb-5)                                                                8
Total (five wickets; 51 overs)                                             144

Fall of wickets: 1-19 2-44 3-52 4-114 5-137

Still to bat: D. Sammy, R. Rampaul, F. Edwards, D. Bishoo

Bowling (to date): S. Hossain 5-1-19-1 (nb-4), R. Hossain 11-2-22-0 (nb-1), S. Hassan 12-2-22-0, E. Sunny 16-0-56-4, N. Hossain 7-1-17-0

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