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Taylor cameo spoils Bangladesh’s party

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was an island of calm in the morning session as wickets and big shots rained around him. (Photo courtesy WICB)

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was an island of calm in the morning session as wickets and big shots rained around him. (Photo courtesy WICB)

Jerome Taylor’s big-hitting 40 undid some of the good work done by the Bangladesh bowlers on the second morning at St Lucia.

A batting collapse put West Indies in danger of getting bowled out below 300, but they recovered through Taylor and Shivnarine Chanderpaul and went to lunch 341 for eight.

Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 69, going about his 65th Test fifty as the only calming influence in the middle of an energetic session that had five wickets falling for 95 runs. He added 54 for the eighth wicket with Taylor, who blazed five boundaries, four of which came in the arc between extra cover and long-on, and two sixes.

If Bangladesh ignored what Taylor did for those 41 minutes, they could have had a peaceful lunch. Robiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain gave away just two runs – both via no-balls – in the first six overs of the morning, and the pressure got to Darren Bravo, who looked to drive a wide ball from Robiul and edged it through to the keeper. This was the first blow in a collapse that saw West Indies lose four wickets for 18 runs in less than four overs.

Al-Amin dismissed Jermaine Blackwood and Denesh Ramdin off consecutive deliveries in the 101st over, getting both to edge behind to the keeper. Blackwood had struck two boundaries but he was found wanting when the ball swung in less than he expected. Chanderpaul saved the hat-trick in Al-Amin’s next over but not before Shafiul Islam had removed Kemar Roach in the intervening over.

Al-Amin got one to rear at Chanderpaul, but the ball eluded a diving Shamsur Rahman at gully. Mominul Haque then dropped Taylor at cover, when he was on 18. It was a lucky break for West Indies, and Taylor hammered 22 more runs, which could prove crucial on a pitch that continues to offer plenty of movement to the quicker bowlers.

Taijul finally had Taylor firing one right down long-on’s throat in the 111th over, but the Bangladesh fielders’ celebrations were muted after the onslaught. (cricinfo)

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