The West Indies enjoyed a fruitful opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, scoring 361 for four as Kieran Powell and Shivnarine Chanderpaul recorded well-hit centuries.

The Windies had to recover from three wickets down before lunch, but one the shine went off the ball it was mostly smooth sailing for the Caribbean side, with only debutant Sohag Gazi made an impression for the Tigers.

At the close, Chanderpaul was on 123 not out off 195 balls, while Denesh Ramdin help up the other end on 52. Bangladesh managed to get their full complement of overs in, thanks to a variety of slower bowlers trying to dislodge the centurions.

The Windies won the toss and chose to bat first, but the Tigers did a sterling job of putting the pressure on the World Twenty20 champions. Opener Chris Gayle, undoubtedly the man the Bangladeshis would have wanted early on, was out with the score on 32, having struck 24 runs in 17 balls.

Powell then added 40 odd runs with Darren Bravo, before the latter fell to Gazi, who had also dismissed Gayle. Gazi was also involved in the third wicket to fall, catching Marlon Samuels off Shahadat Hossain with the score on 106.

The visitors were three wickets down at lunch, Powell keeping their knock together on 41 as they reached 107. He quickly raced to the 90s after the break, before getting bogged down a bit, but was able to push past his nerves to record only his second Test century.

Powell and Chanderpaul enjoyed a comfortable middle session, the duo putting on 122 runs together to go into the tea break on 228 for three. Powell could only add two more runs in the final session though, falling for 117 thanks to a Gazi peach that uprooted the stumps.

Chanderpaul continued the resistance though, picking up the pace after Powell's departure to bring up his 25th Test ton at a strike rate of 60. Denesh Ramdin watched from the other end, rotating the strike as Shiv struck 17 boundaries on the day.