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Brathwaite leaves Windies firmly on top

Captain Kraigg Brathwaite scored 94 as the West Indies pressed their advantage on day two of the first Test after bowling out Bangladesh for 103.

The West Indies were all out for 265 after tea at barely two runs an over for a first-innings lead of 162, and then reduced Bangladesh to 2-50 by stumps. Bangladesh trailed by 112 with eight wickets left.

Opening bat Brathwaite led his side with a half-century or better for the fifth time in his last eight Test innings dating to November.

He was unlucky, after facing 267 balls and closing in on an 11th Test century after more than 6 1/2 hours, that the 268th ball by medium-pacer Khaled Ahmed stayed low and hit his pad in front of leg stump. Brathwaite didn’t dispute it.

By then, he’d long helped his side pass Bangladesh’s total in the morning, and almost doubled it when he was out at 4-197.

But rather than inspire the hosts to continue grinding away, Brathwaite’s demise appeared to stiffen Bangladesh’s resolve.

The West Indies, after losing only Nkrumah Bonner’s wicket in the morning, lost three in the middle session after the new ball was taken, and the last four wickets in the nine overs after tea.

Jermaine Blackwood, who joined Brathwaite in the morning, lasted until the third session and was the ninth man out for 63 off 139 balls. He was Ahmed’s second wicket, to a great diving catch by Mehidy Hasan Miraz at extra cover.

Gudakesh Motie, making his West Indies debut at No.10 in the order, added a valuable unbeaten 23 off 21 balls.

While offspinner Mehidy took a leading 4-59 for Bangladesh, Mustifizur Rahman also stood out for 1-30 off 18 overs.

But their team’s batting wasn’t of a similar standard, again.

Opener Tamim Iqbal was out for 22 in the 10th over, conceding a thick edge in Alzarri Joseph’s first over, in similar fashion to the first innings.

Joseph’s second over netted planned nightwatchman Mehidy for two from an edge to the slips. Joseph had 2-14 at stumps.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy was left on 18 not out and Najmul Hossain Shanto was eight not out.

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