Bangladesh v West Indies

  • Last Updated: November 15 2012, 11:55 GMT

A century from Naeem Islam helped steer Bangladesh to within 72 runs of the West Indies' first-innings total at the close on day three of the first Test in Mirpur.

Naeem Islam: Impressed for Bangladesh

Naeem scored 108 and there was also a very useful 89 from Shakib Al Hasan and 43 by Mushfiqur Rahim as the home side closed on 455 for six in reply to 527 for four declared.

With Mahmudullah unbeaten on 42 and Nasir Hossain 33 not out, Bangladesh were in with a good chance of at least matching the tourists' score on day four.

Naeem had reached tea on 102 but only added six more runs after the interval before he was caught by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Darren Sammy.

The West Indies captain claimed two for 83 and Ravi Rampaul returning three for 101.

Bangladesh began the day on 164 for three and added 88 without loss in the first session as both Shakib and Naeem both brought up half-centuries.

Shakib reached lunch on 65 while Naeem had 62, as Bangladesh moved on to 252 for three, still 275 runs adrift.

Shakib took the initiative, scoring 49 in the morning, but did so with some risk as he presented Rampaul with a handful of opportunities.

Early in the day, Shakib was caught behind on 26, only to earn a reprieve thanks to a no ball from Rampaul, and he soon presented a couple of catching chances that fell narrowly short of fielders.

The West Indies were rewarded after lunch when Shakib finally paid with his wicket.

Shakib was caught by substitute fielder Assad Fudadin off Rampaul after scoring 89, which included one six and 10 other boundaries.

Shakib and Naeem had put on 34 since lunch and taken the total to 286 when the former drove Rampaul straight to cover where Fudadin took a comfortable catch.

But that only brought together Naeem and Mushfiqur and they steered the home side to 349 without further loss by tea,

Bangladesh lost Naeem on 362 and Mushfiqur six runs later but then Mahmudullah and Hossain saw out the remaining overs with an unbroken partnership of 87.


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