Samuels double propels WI

Marlon Sam­u­els smashed a magnificent 260 to guide the West Indies into a commanding position against Bangladesh on the third day of the second and final Test here on Friday.

The 31-year-old Jamaican notched up his maiden double century, putting on a 326-run stand for the third wicket with Darren Bravo (127) and another 177 for the fourth wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who ended the day unbeaten on 109. Denesh Ramdin was giving him company on four.

The run-feast gave the West Indies a healthy 177-run lead over Bangladesh’s first innings total of 387 — a position of strength from where they will look to force a series win after taking the first Test in Dhaka by 77 runs.

Samuels thrived on a lifeless pitch before being caught at point off a rising delivery from paceman Rubel Hossain, falling just one short of Ramnaresh Sarwan’s 261 not out — the highest by a West Indian batsman against Bangladesh — made at Kingston in 2004.
The right-handed batsman hit 31 fours and three sixes during a dominating 455-ball knock.

The seasoned Chanderpaul was not left far behind, as he reached his 27th Test hundred in the dying moments of the day when he steered spinner Sohag Gazi for a single towards mid-off, following up on his 203 not out in the first Test.

The 146-Test veteran has so far hit 10 fours and a six off 206 balls.
The Samuels-Chanderpaul stand also improved the previous best for the fourth wicket against Bangladesh, erasing the 176-run stand involving Samuels and Sarwan in Dhaka 10 years ago.

Samuels survived a confident leg-before shout off  Rubel’s first over after lunch before steering the same bowler for a single to complete his double hundred.

Earlier, Samuels and Bravo continued to punish the hapless Bangladeshi bowlers after the West Indies resumed at 241/2.

Bangladeshi bowlers were found wanting on the slow track and their problems were compounded by edges falling short and a dropped catch in the slips by Naeem Islam off paceman Abul Hasan when Samuels was on 117.

Score board

BANGLADESH (I Innings): 387 all out
WEST INDIES (I Innings, O/n: 241/2):
Gayle c Rahim b Gazi    25
Powell c Shakib b R Hossain    13
Bravo lbw Gazi    127
Samuels c (sub) b R Hossain    260
Chanderpaul (batting)    109
Ramdin (batting)    4
Extras (B-10, LB-6, W-2, NB-8)    26
Total (for 4 wkts, 172 overs)    564
Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-43, 3-369, 4-546.
Bowling: Gazi 49-4-143-2, Hasan 24-0-113-0, R Hossain 28-8-75-2, Islam 11-1-35-0, Shakib 38-8-111-0, Mahmudullah 10-0-42-0, N Hossain 12-1-29-0.

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