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Double ton by Marlin Samuels put West Indies in command – 2nd Test vs. Bangladesh

Zia Rana November 23, 2012

West Indies 4-564 (Marlon Samuels 260, Darren Bravo 127, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 109*, Rubel Hossain 2-75) lead Bangladesh 387 (Abul Hasan 113, Mahmudullah 76, Fidel Edwards 6-90) by 177 runs.

Marlon Smauels butchered the ordinary looking Bangladesh bowling with his maiden double hundred as West Indies were on a driving seat in the second Test.

Bangladesh scored 387 runs in their first innings and West Indies hammered 564 runs for the loss of just four wickets in 172 overs.

The third day’s play finished on Friday, November 23, 2012, at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna.

Marlon Samuels - Thrilled after plundering his maiden Test double hundred

Marlon Samuels – Thrilled after plundering his maiden Test double hundred

Earlier, the Windies initiated the day at 2-241 in 82 overs, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo were unbeaten for 109 and 85 runs accordingly. The two batsmen started from where they left on the second day and Samuels was the most aggressive of the two but was dropped in the slips on the third ball of the 86th over off Abul Hasan at 117 runs. The pair hit 4 fours in the 85th and next over as the score board was kept on moving assisted with regular boundaries.

Darren Bravo smashed his fourth Test hundred on the third ball of the 90th over, that was his second ton against Bangladesh. He has scored all four tons in his happy hunting grounds of the sub continent. Bravo scored 195 runs vs. Bangladesh previously on October 29, 2011, while 166 and 136 against India in November 2011.

Marlon Samuels reached his 150 with a six over long-on in the 98th over and opted to attack after that. He punished Shakib Al Hasan for 14 runs in the 102nd over with 1 six and 2 fours as Bravo continued creeping from the other end. Bangladesh got the first breakthrough when Darren Bravo was finally declared leg before wicket for 127 off 288 with 10 fours. The third wicket contributed a huge partnership of 326 runs and took the score to 369 as the most experienced player of the Windies, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, joined with Samuels.

Marlon Samuels thrashed his maiden double century on the first ball of the 118th over and became the 25th West Indian batsman to accomplish the unique feat. Chanderpaul played a subdued innings in the beginning and scored just 10 runs off the first 44 balls with just one four but opened up later by sending the ball out of the rope frequently. He got his 88th Test fifty in the 139th over as the Bengal Tigers kept on searching for another wicket while seven bowlers were utilized in the process by their skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.

The fifth hundred of the innings was displayed on board in the 156th over as Chanderpaul hit two back to back boundaries in 158th over and Samuels got past the 250 runs mark with a four in the 163rd over. Marlon Samuels was caught by the substitute fielder (Elias Sunny) off Rubel Hossain for 260 from 455 deliveries with 3 giant sixes and  31 fours at the total of 546

Denesh Ramdin joined in next with Shivnarine Chanderpaul who smashed his 27th Test ton in the 166th over. The Carribeans piled up 564 runs with six wickets still in hand at the end of the third day’s play, Chanderpaul and Ramdin were at the crease with 109 and 4 runs respectively.

West Indies have taken a lead of 177 runs and the addition of another hundred runs can win them the second Test keeping in view the fragile batting line up of Bangladesh.

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