B’desh face tough task


Bangladesh face a tough battle to save the series-deciding second and final Test against the West Indies despite opener Tamim Iqbal’s bold 82 not out on Tuesday.
The hosts, chasing an improbable target of 508, were 164-3 in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day of the match in Dhaka. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten on 33.
Darren Bravo earlier smashed five sixes and 12 fours on his way to a 297-ball 195, before the West Indies, leading by 124 runs on the first innings, declared their second innings closed on 383-5.
The opening Test of the two-match series ended in a draw in Chittagong.
Bangladesh lost opener Imrul Kayes (nine), Shahriar Nafees (18) and Raqibul Hasan (17), but left-handed Tamim continued to defy the West Indies’ attack, having so far cracked one six and eight fours.Fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who jolted Bangladesh with five quick wickets in the first innings, struck in his second over when he had Kayes caught by Kirk Edwards at first slip.Seamer Darren Sammy held a return catch to dismiss Nafees (18) in the last over of the afternoon session before off-spinner Marlon Samuels removed Raqibul.Left-handed Bravo, aged 22, fell in the afternoon session, top-edging a delivery from debutant left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo to wicket-keeper Rahim. He had hit a six off the previous ball before going for another big shot in a bid to complete his double-century.