Bonner (74*) anchors West Indies on slow day


West Indies threw away a solid start to the second Test against Bangladesh and had to rely on an unbeaten 74 from Nkrumah Bonner to end the day at 223-5 at Dhaka.

The West Indies lost three wickets for 29 runs after lunch before the Jamaican middle-order batsman got involved in two partnerships that rescued the visitors from a greater implosion.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, opening pair of Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell put on an opening stand of 66 when Campbell got out lbw for 36 after missing a fullish delivery from Taijul Islam that he tried to sweep.

The West Indies went to lunch at 84-1 with Brathwaite on 36 and Shayne Moseley on six.

On the resumption, the West Indies had added three runs to their lunch-time score when Moseley was bowled by Abu Jayad for seven.

Eight overs later after the visitors had crept to 104, the West Indies captain fell three runs short of another Test 50 when he edged a Soumya Sarkar delivery and was caught at slip by Najmul Hossain Shanto for 47.

First Test hero, Kyle Mayers was next to go when he edged Jayad to Sharkar at slip and was out for five, leaving the West Indies in a spot of bother at 116-4.

Bonner, who has so far faced 173 deliveries, and Jermaine Blackwood repaired some of the damage with a partnership of 62. However, Blackwood was dismissed for 28 when he was too early on a shot from a delivery from Taijul, who dived to his right to take the return catch.

Bonner and Da Silva, who is not out on 22, managed to add 45 for the sixth wicket without further loss by the close of play.

Jayad has so far taken 2-46, while Taijul has taken 2-64. (Sportsmax)

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