Brathwaite century puts Windies on top

Bangladesh

The West Indies had the upper hand at stumps on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh, only three wickets down and with 264 runs on the board as Kraigg Brathwaite tamed the Arnos Vale deck.

The West Indies had the upper hand at stumps on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh, only three wickets down and with 264 runs on the board as Kraigg Brathwaite tamed the Arnos Vale deck.

The young opener took advantage of a depleted Tigers attack to record 123 not out at the close, while Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo also cashed in, both making scores in the 60s.

The Tigers won the toss and chose to field first at the Kingstown venue, which has only seen two previous Tests so the information was thin on the ground. But the unhelpful track gave nothing to the bowlers.

Debutants Shuvagata Hom and Taijul Islam were the wicket-takers on the day, toiling for 27 and 25 overs respectively, as spin was the go-to tactic. Brathwaite had few issues though, recording his ton after tea, off 219 balls.

Gayle and BRathwaite put on a century stand for the first wicket, before Gayle was out for 64, trapped LBW by Hom. Kirk Edwards followed soon afterwards, making just 10, before Brathwaite and Bravo (62) put on another ton partnership.

Taijul would have been pleased with his first Test day though, bagging both Edwards and Bravo, and going at less than three to the over. Day two will be just as tricky though, with Brathwaite well set and the in form Shiv Chanderpaul at the other end.

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