Windies continue dominance in St Lucia

Bangladesh

Commanding half-centuries from openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson carried the West Indies to a formidable total of 246 for three on day one of the second and final Test against Bangladesh at the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia, on Saturday.

Commanding half-centuries from openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson carried the West Indies to a formidable total of 246 for three on day one of the second and final Test against Bangladesh at the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet on Saturday.

Johnson, afforded a debut in the absence of the veteran Chris Gayle, was the pick of the batsmen in St Lucia. He struck a superb 66 during an entertaining 143-run alliance inside 50 overs alongside Brathwaite, who cherished a complementary 63.

The left- and right-hander perished in quick succession, though, as an uninspired visiting bowling attack appreciated twin breakthroughs from seamer Shafiul Islam and spinner Taijul Islam.

The talented Kirk Edwards deployed characteristic patience en route to a promising 16, only to hole out to cover fielder Shamsur Rahman shortly after the tea break.

The in-form Darren Bravo and stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul were soon at hand to ensure the Windies didn't lose another wicket. The dynamic duo climbed to an unbroken 61 by the close of play. Bravo's 44 not out and Chanderpaul's unbeaten 34 are, indeed, primed for plenty more come Sunday.

The Windies won the first Test match in Bridgetown by 10 wickets earlier this month.

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