Windies start promisingly in Dhaka

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The West Indies progressed to 253 for five on day one of their second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

The West Indies progressed to 253 for five on day one of their second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Having won the toss and decided to bat first, the Windies batsmen – who have exhibited plenty of frailty in the past – had a chance to prove they had remedied their trouble with spin and lack of patience.
Reflecting back on the first day there are signs that at least some problems have been addressed.
The visitors made two changes for the clash, with fast bowler Kemar Roach replacing Ravi Rampaul and Kieran Powell coming in for the injured Lendl Simmons at the top of the order. There was disappointment for Bangladesh on the selection front, with first Test star Elias Sunny ruled out by a stomach bug.
It was clear from the outset that the Dhaka strip would be more batsman-friendly than the Chittagong wicket from the first Test and as a result the fast bowlers had little early impact, with spin called for in the sixth over.
Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite look confident early and where solid for the most part although Brathwaite was handed a life when he was dropped in the gully by Shahriar Nafees.
The opener brought up his fifty only to be dismissed the very next ball, steering a cut off Rubel Hossain to Imrul Kayes in the gully.
Kirk Edwards joined Powell and the pair continued to press ahead before the later was bowled by Suhrawadi Shuvo as he played down the wrong line.
Darren Bravo (12) and Shivnnarine Chandepaul (18) were unable to make the most of conditions and when nightwatchman Kermar Roach couldn't survive until the close, the hosts had clawed their way back.
However, with Edwards going strong on 71 not out at the close, Sammy's men will be content with their progress.

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