Windies loses top order in a chase of 395 vs Bangladesh in 1st test

Last Modified Saturday, 6 February 2021 (18:42 IST)
Chattogram:were 110/3 at stumps on Day 4, needing 285 more to win the first against Bangladesh, here on Saturday.
Needing 395 to win, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell negotiated the tricky period before tea safely, scoring 18 runs in seven overs. They continued in the same cautious fashion as the final session began.

However, Mehidy finally broke through their defences when he dismissed Campbell for 23 in the 17th over.Two overs later, Mehidy got Brathwaite for 20, giving a simple catch to substitute Yasir Ali at short leg, as the visitors slipped to 48/2. The partnership between Sheyne Moseley and Bonner just lasted for 10 runs as the former became Mehidy's third victim.
However, batting responsibly, Nkurmah Bonner (15*) and Kyle Mayers (37*) dropped anchor and added 51 runs for the fourth wicket, ensuring that the West Indies did not lose any more wickets and are still in with a chance on the final day.
 
Earlier, stuttered at the start of the fourth day when Mushfiqur Rahim fell for 18 to Rahkeem Cornwall but not before sharing a 40-run stand with skipper Mominul Haque.
For Mominul, runs came easy as he paired effortlessly with Liton Das and continued to push Bangladesh further. the Bangladesh duo had put up 76 for the fifth wicket with Mominul inching towards his Test hundred.
 
In the second session, Liton took on the role of the aggressor and played a few cracking shots to keep the scoring rate up. He soon brought up his sixth Test fifty. An over later, it was Mominul's turn to raise the bat. The host captain completed his 10th ton in Tests - overtaking Tamim Iqbal to record the most number of centuries in the format for Bangladesh.
 
After taking the lead past 200, both batsmen perished one after the other. First Liton was removed by Warrican for 69 when he attempted to reverse sweep. He was followed by Mominul in the next over when the Bangladesh skipper was caught at deep mid-wicket off Shannon Gabriel for 115.The next two wickets of Mehidy and Taijul Islam also fell in quick succession and Bangladesh declared on 223/8, setting West Indies a target of 395.
(UNI)
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