West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner continued his good form with the bat as he made an unbeaten half-century that guided the visitors to 223-5 against Bangladesh at the close of first day’s play in Dhaka.
Bonner made 74 not out while Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell struck 47 and 36 runs respectively as both sides finished the first day at a level at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the series-deciding second Test.Abu Jayed and Taijul Islam were the pick of the bowlers for Tigers, claiming 2-46 and 2-64 respectively.
Bangladesh, who lost the toss, brought three changes to the squad from the first Test in Chattogram as Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun came in for injured Shadman Islam and Shakib Al Hasan while Jayed replaced Mustafizur Rahman.
West Indies picked Alzarri Joseph for Kemar Roach.
The visitors made a flying start as their openers - Brathwaite and Campbell put up a 66-run stand before Taijul trapped Campbell in front to give Bangladesh the first breakthrough in the innings.
Campbell attempted a sweep off a flighted-delivery but missed the line to be stuck plumb in his front foot.
The southpaw reviewed the decision as it appeared that the ball hit his bat first before hitting the pad but third-umpire retained the on-field umpire’s decision.Jayed struck twice in the second session as he removed Sheyene Moseley (seven) and last-match hero Kyle Mayers (five) while Soumya dismissed Brathwaite to reduce the visitors to 116-4.
Bonner and Jermaine Blackwood then repaired the innings with a 62-run stand for the fifth wicket before Taijul broke the threatening stand by removing Blackwood caught and bowled on 28.
Joshua Da Silva, who was not out 22, gave Bonner plenty of support in the remaining overs of first day’s play as they already added 45 runs for the sixth wicket and will resume batting today.
Bangladesh could have got Bonner on 57 as on-field umpire Sharfuddoula gave him lbw but Bonner reviewed the decision straightway as he knew there was no connection between the ball and his pad.
West Indies won the first Test by three wickets in Chattogram and are currently leading the series 1-0.