Tigers edge entertaining day's play
Four wickets on debut from left-arm spinner Elias Sunny put Bangladesh on top in the first Test at Chittagong as they reduced West indies to 144 for five.
Four wickets on debut from left-arm spinner Elias Sunny put Bangladesh on top in the first Test at Chittagong as they reduced West indies to 144 for five at stumps on day four.
With days two and three both abandoned due to a wet outfield a result remains hugely unlikely, even with the pitch taking big turn.
Bangladesh declared their innings on 350 for nine shortly after lunch on day four, meaning West Indies still trail by 206 runs in the first innings.
The home side were able to make early inroads into the West Indies batting line-up as the visitors stuttered to 52 for two at tea, before Sunny took three wickets in the final session of an entertaining day's play.
Rubel Hossain uprooted Kraigg Brathwaite's stumps with a beauty 11 balls into the innings, but the right-hander was called back after it was found that the fast bowler had overstepped the popping crease.
Bangladesh though didn't have to wait too long for the breakthrough as Lendl Simmons steered Shahadat Hossain to gully in the fourth over. After a couple of dropped chances off his bowling, it proved to be third time lucky for debutant Sunny as he trapped Kirk Edwards lbw for 17 a few overs before tea.
The tireless Sunny took just two deliveries after the tea interval to dismiss Darren Bravo, pushed forward and got a glove to the man at short leg.
Brathwaite stabilised the innings with Shivnarine Chanderpaul as the duo put on 62 for fourth wicket, with Chanderpaul in a more positive mood than usual.
Perhaps recognising that batsmen who waited in their crease with fielders around the bat were likely to be sitting ducks for the spinners, the left-hander used his feet often and twice lofted Sunny over long-on for six.
However the partnership was broken when Brathwaite's inside edge was snaffled by Imrul Kayes at short leg to end his innings on 33.
Chanderpaul pushed on with Marlon Samuels for company, but fell one run short of his half-century when he skipped down the track and the ball darted through the gap between bat and pad.
Umpire Kumar Dharmasena adjudged that there was an inside edge before the ball hit pad and deflected to slip, forcing Chanderpaul to trudge off a couple of overs before bad light ended play prematurely.
Earlier, play started 30 minutes late in Chittagong with the Tigers 255 for four and captain Mushfiqur Rahim unbeaten on 68 and Naeem Islam on eight.
Rahim failed to add to his total as he was removed by Fidel Edwards with the first ball he faced, hitting the delivery to square leg. Shahriar Nafees, who retired hurt on day one after being hit on the nose, returned but he perished for 32 after he got an edge from Edwards through to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.
All-rounder Naeem and debutant Nasir Hossain (34) managed to get the hosts past the 300-run mark before the latter also gave the keeper a straightforward catch following an edge from a well flighted delivery from spinner Devendra Bishoo. Sunny didn't trouble the scorers in his debut innings as he was bamboozled by a googly from Bishoo.
Naeem kept the Windies bowlers at bay at the other end and saw his side to 332 for eight at lunch.
Shahadat Hossain added only five more runs to his lunch score of four when he marched down the track to Bishoo only to be stumped.
The 24-year-old Naeem smashed a couple of fours to get to 36 before his captain declared the innings on 350 for nine.
Bishoo finished with three for 81 while Edwards and Marlon Samuels picked up two wickets each.
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