Bangladesh’s weight against West Indies due to Mehdi’s century

Chittagong, February 4 (AP): Mehdi Hasan’s first century helped Bangladesh consolidate their position on Thursday, the second day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies, with 430 runs in the first innings. In response, West Indies scored 75 for two at the end of the second day’s play. Captain Craig Braithwaite was playing 49 while Nkrumah Bonner scored 17 runs. Both have an unbroken partnership of 51 runs. All-rounder Mehdi, who came in to bat at number eight, smashed 103 off 168 balls with the help of 13 fours. He shared 67 for the seventh wicket with Shakib Al Hasan (68), 45 for the eighth wicket with Taizul Islam (18) and a 67-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Naeem Hasan (24). Bangladesh started the day with 242 runs for five wickets. The team lost the early wicket of Litton Das (38) who returned to the pavilion adding four runs to his score yesterday. Shakib and Mehdi then finished the innings. Shakib, who was playing the first Test after 17 months due to suspension due to not being informed of the bookie’s corrupt contact, completed his 25th half-century. He hit five fours in his 150-ball innings. Off-spinner Rakheem Cornwall caught Shakib at the hands of Brathwaite on the ball carrying extra bounce. Mehdi completed his half-century in 99 balls. After this, he showed aggressive attitude and completed his second half-century in just 69 balls. After completing a century, Mehdi returned to the pavilion off Cornwall. He was the last batsman to be out. Left-arm spinner Jomel Warican was the most successful bowler by the West Indies, taking four wickets for 133 runs. Cornwall took two wickets for 114 runs. West Indies had a poor start. Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman (2 for 18) lobbied John Campbell (03) and debutant Shane Mosely (02). AP Sudhir Monamona