DHAKA – Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his second Test double century as West Indies remained in control of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka today.
Then Tamim Iqbal went after the West Indies bowling with such vigorous relish that it was simply too good to last.
At one end was Chanderpaul, who took seven-and-a-half hours to make his unbeaten 203. At the other end was Iqbal, who hit so many boundaries in his 72, that he turned the single into an event. In the end, Bangladesh were halfway towards the follow-on mark, at the cost of their top order.
West Indies didn’t lose a wicket in two sessions today, with Denesh Ramdin making a hundred (126 not out) and putting on 296 with Chanderpaul. After Darren Sammy declared with Chanderpaul having equalled his highest Test score, West Indies did lose their bearings for a bit, though, as Tamim, along with Shahriar Nafees briefly, entertained the sparse crowd with a thrill-a-minute show of unrestrained hitting.
Bangladesh tend to regularly indulge in such shows, but they generally prove to be self-consuming in Test cricket. Tamim and Nafees both fell to urges to manufacture outrageous strokes, and it was down to Naeem Islam and Shakib Al Hasan to shut down the thrill store for the evening.