Nkrumah Bonner scored an unbeaten half century when the West Indies and Bangladesh shared the honor on the opening day of the second and final Test in Dhaka on Thursday. Bonner hit 74 and led the West Indies to 223-5 on stumps after skipper Kraigg Brathwaite won the coin toss and chose to hit first at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. In the end, wicket-keeper-batsman Joshua Da Silva was unbeaten alongside Bonner at 22. Pacer Abu Jayed (2-46) and left arm spinner Taijul Islam (2-64) were the most successful bowlers for Bangladesh, which must win the avoid defeat in the two-Test series.
Brathwaite hit 47 of 122 balls as the West Indies seized early momentum, before the hosts worked their way into the match.
Taijul made the first break, sending John Campbell lbw for 36 to end his opening 66-run stand with Brathwaite.
Campbell revised the decision to no avail after attempting to drop off a flight to miss the line.
Shayne Moseley dragged one from Jayed to be bowled for seven after the West Indies resumed the session 84-1 after lunch.
The occasional pace of bowler Soumya caused Brathwaite to lead, who was caught by Najmul Hossain on the first slip.
Brathwaite, looking solid to his only loose shot of the day, took off after four fours in his dodged innings.
Jayed delivered a telling punch by firing first test hero Kyle Mayers, who was caught in a slip by Soumya.
Taijul then took a catch from his own bowling in the final session to remove Jermaine Blackwood for 28.
It ended Blackwood’s impressive 62-run fifth wicket stand with Bonner, who scored 86 in the second innings of the first Test.
West Indies led the series of two matches 1-0 after winning the first Test in Chittagong.
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