Bangladesh in strong position against West Indies

Chittagong, Feb 5 (AP) Mehdi Hassan bowled four for 58 after his maiden Test century, helping Bangladesh maintain their position here in the first Test cricket match against the West Indies on Friday. The West Indies team scored 259 runs in the first innings in response to Bangladesh’s 430 runs. In this way, Bangladesh got a lead of 171 runs. By the end of the third day, Bangladesh had scored 47 runs for three wickets in their second innings, taking their total lead to 218 runs. Captain Mominul Haque was on 31 and Mushfiqur Rahim was playing for 10 at the time of stumps. West Indies started the game at 75 for two in the morning. The highlight of his innings was the half-centuries of captain Craig Braithwaite (76) and Jermaine Blackwood (68). Apart from Mehdi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam and Naeem Hasan took two wickets each from Bangladesh. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam gave Bangladesh an early breakthrough by dismissing Nakrumah Bonner (17). Braithwaite then shared a 55-run partnership with Kyle Myers (40), playing his first Test. Naeem Hassan broke this partnership by bowling Braithwaite. Brathwaite’s innings included 12 fours. Mehdi Hasan, who scored 103 in Bangladesh’s first innings, took his first wicket as Myers. West Indies were 154 for five at one point but Blackwood and Joshua DeSilva (42) added 99 runs for the sixth wicket to save the team from the follow. It was not too late for the West Indies innings after both of them were dismissed inside four balls. AP Pant Namitanamita