Kraigg Brathwaite scored a patient 94 at the top while Jermaine Blackwood scored 63 as the West Indies cemented their advantage over Bangladesh on Day 2 of the opening Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium on Saturday (IST).
Resuming the second day on 95/2 West Indies were all out for 265 after tea, which gave them a first innings lead of 162, having dismissed the visitors for 103 on an eventful opening day.
Brathwaite fell six short of what would have been an 11th Test hundred when he was trapped leg-before wicket for 94. It was another pivotal knock this year to follow scores of 55, 160 and 56 not out in the epic series win against England earlier this year.
Vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood stroked 63 and Nkrumah Bonner 33, while Gudakesh Motie, in his first Test knock, played freely unbeaten 23 off 21 balls but off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, with 4/59, along with seamers Khaled Ahmed (2/59) and Ebadot Hossain (2/65), combined to bring a swift end to the West Indies innings.
By the close Bangladesh were reduced to 50/2 as they trail by trailed by 112 with eight wickets left. With strong support from his fans in the stands at the Sir Andy Roberts End, fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was fired up and proved to be an inspiration with the ball in the evening as he took both wickets. The first was opener Tamim Iqbal for 22 in the 10th over.
He got a thick edge and keeper Joshua Da Silva flew to his left to take a magnificent one-handed catch. In Joseph’s second over he dismissed nightwatchman Mehidy Hasan for just two as he edged a sharp lifting delivery into the safe hands of Kyle Mayers at first slip.
Earlier, Brathwaite, started the day on 42 and moved to 75 at lunch but lost Bonner — the only wicket of the first session — in the first over following the drinks break, bowled by captain Shakib al-Hasan after misreading one from the left-arm spinner which came on with the arm. He faced 96 balls and struck three fours.
Brathwaite fell to fast bowler Khaled and his dismissal proved to be a catalyst for Bangladesh required as Mehidy Hasan proved effective against the middle and lower order.
He struck left-hander Kyle Mayers in front for nine and got Joshua Da Silva (1) to feather a defensive prod behind, before disposing of Alzarri Joseph without scoring also to a catch at the wicket in the third over after tea, taken at 231/6.
Blackwood responded with his 16th Test fifty to be 53 not out at the second interval, but was eventually ninth out after facing 139 balls in a shade over 3-� hours and striking nine fours, brilliantly taken at cover by Mehidy Hasan off Khaled.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 103 in 32.5 overs and 50/2 vs West Indies 265 (Kraigg Brathwaite 94, Jermaine Blackwood 63; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4/59).
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With the Brazilian and Argentinian players lining up for national anthems, the camera turned towards the stands as a section of rival fans exchanged blows. The local police officials could be seen beating up a section of Argentinian fans with batons and it did not go well with the tourists. By pointing at the violent scenes, Messi and co. decided to walk off the pitch.
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Pakistan cricket fans were left ruing their luck at the toss as it fell in England’s favour at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. With Jos Buttler winning the toss marking the end of Pakistan’s campaign at the showpiece event, netizens have relentlessly trolled Babar Azam and his men for losing the contest at the toss.
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As things stand, the target for Pakistan will get bigger and the overs will keep diminishing. Pakistan fans were already irked as Babar was excluded among the list of captains during the light show at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday. It’s worth noting that Pakistan haven’t qualified for the 50-over World Cup semi-finals since the 2011 edition.
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The ODI World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia will be shifted to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if Pakistan qualify for the knockouts, sources in the International Cricket Council confirmed to the Free Press Journal on Thursday.
If Pakistan manage to reach the semis then they will face arch-rivals India once again in this tournament. In that case, the semi-final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 15.
But if Pakistan don’t reach the semis then India will face either New Zealand or Afghanistan in Mumbai and South Africa will take on Australia in Kolkata as per the original schedule.India are scheduled to play their semifinal match in Mumbai only if they don’t face Pakistan. The Men in Green have refused to play in Mumbai due to security reasons.
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But Pakistan’s qualification depends on the result of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka which is being played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
If New Zealand manage to beat Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin then Pakistan’s qualification will take a hit even if they defeat England in their last league game. A loss against the defending champions in Kolkata on November 11 will automatically knockout Pakistan from the race for the semis.
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