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First innings runs key to consequence

CHATTOGRAM, Bangladesh (CMC) — An enormous complete on at the moment’s day three shall be crucial to any success for West Indies within the opening Check, says Interim Captain Kraigg Brathwaite.

West Indies completed the second day on the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on 75 for 2, nonetheless 355 runs adrift of Bangladesh’s first innings of 430.

Brathwaite, who was unbeaten on 49, mentioned he believed the wicket would stay ok for batting over the subsequent day, to ensure that his facet to submit a robust rating.

“It is key to get runs on the board,” the right-hander mentioned following day two right here Thursday [yesterday].

“Proper now we have completed effectively at 70-odd for 2 and I simply suppose we’ve to construct partnerships tomorrow and look to place a giant first innings complete on the board.

“I believed the entire [Bangladesh] bowlers bowled effectively. They bowled to their area. The ball wasn’t [doing] as a lot however they had been disciplined so we’ve onerous work tomorrow to come back and bat effectively.”

He added: “I believed [the pitch] performed effectively at the moment. [There was] not a lot spin. Some balls did spin however the bounce is kind of true so it is not too low.

“So I feel it can maintain up for the subsequent day, day-and-a-half after which probably on day 4 and 5 it might begin to [wear] a bit of bit extra however I feel it’s a good pitch for batting nonetheless.”

Resuming on 242 for 5, Bangladesh misplaced Liton Das for 38 after he had added simply 4 to his in a single day rating, however quantity eight Mehidy Hasan Miraz struck his maiden Check hundred to frustrate West Indies’ bowlers.

The fitting-hander loved three probabilities en path to 103, whereas holding the decrease order along with three key partnerships.

Whereas he praised the appliance of the Bangladesh batsmen, Brathwaite mentioned West Indies’ bowlers had additionally remained disciplined on a pitch fitted to batting.

“I believed the Bangladesh batsmen performed effectively. Clearly the pitch is an effective one so the fellows buckled down,” Brathwaite mentioned.

“Additionally we had one or two probabilities that had been fairly robust however I believed they performed effectively. I believed all through the innings we had been fairly disciplined so I’m very proud of that.”

He continued: “I believed (Jomel) Warrican and (Rahkeem) Cornwall, that partnership bowled effectively collectively. [Nkrumah] Bonner did not get loads of overs however he confirmed he might do a job as effectively.

“I feel the quick bowlers created loads of stress and it’s only for us to maintain grinding.”

Warrican, a left-arm spinner, completed with 4 for 133 whereas off-spinner Cornwall claimed two for 114.

Half-time leg-spinner Bonner claimed a single wicket in his debut Check.

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