Windies held at bay by busy Mishfiqur

Chittagong, Bangladesh, CMC – Captain Mushfiqur Rahim stroked an attractive, unbeaten half-century as Bangladesh kept West Indies busy in the field on the opening day of the first Test on Friday.

The little right-hander played some bold shots in his 68 to fire his side up to 255-4 at the close, after they opted to bat first at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Opener Tamim Iqbal batted patiently for 52 while Raqibul Hasan (41) and Shakib Al Hasan (40) played supporting roles.

Off-spinner Marlon Samuels was the most successful West Indies bowler with 2-67.

The hosts lost Imrul Kayes for 10 inside the first hour when he nicked pacer Ravi Rampaul behind at 26-1.

Shahriar Nafees then added 32 for the second wicket with Tamim before he was struck a bad blow in the face by a short ball from pacer Fidel Edwards and was forced to retire hurt on 21 with the score on 58.

Raqibul added a further 52 for the second wicket with Tamim before Mushfiqur anchored two partnerships to frustrate West Indies.

He put on 49 for the third wicket with Raqibul and posted a crucial 79 for the fourth wicket with Shakib.

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Fri, 10/21/2011 - 06:27