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Bangladesh need seven more wickets on final day

Bangladesh need seven more wickets on final day

Eastern Times  Correspondent, Dhaka, 6 February: Bangladesh need seven more wickets to win against West Indies in the fifth and final day of the Chattogram Test as the visitors ended the fourth day on 110-3 from 40 overs.

West Indies, on the other hand, require another 285 runs to pull off an unlikely win with Kyle Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner not out on 37 and 15 respectively at the close of the day’s play.

Mehidy Hasan took all three wickets for 52 runs to take wicket tally in the match to seven and he needs just three more wickets on the final day to become only the fifth cricketer to score a hundred and pick 10 wickets in the same Test.

Earlier, Bangladesh declared their second innings on 223-8 and set up a target of 395 runs for West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series.

Skipper Mominul Haque made 115 and Liton Das struck 69 to help Bangladesh post a improbable target for West Indies.

Together, they added 133 runs for the sixth wicket, which is the highest partnership in this Test match so far.

The Tigers, who had a massive 171-run lead in the first innings, resumed the fourth day’s play on 47-3 but lost Mushfiqur Rahim early when he was dismissed by Rahkeem Cornwall for 18.

Mominul completed his seventh Test hundred at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium with a single off Cornwall, also becoming the cricketer with most centuries in Tests for Bangladesh with 10 hundreds.

But he was out soon after reaching triple figure when he took the aerial route against Shannon Gabriel only to get caught at the edge of the boundary ropes by Kemar Roach.

Liton also lost his wicket by trying to play reverse sweep and sending the ball straight to Kyle Mayers soon after completing his sixth Test fifty.

Jomel Warrican took the wickets of Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan in the same over and after that Mominul signalled the declaration.

Shakib Al Hasan did not bat in the second innings and is unlikely to take further part in the match due to a thigh injury.


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