Sports Desk: Bangladesh scored 508 runs on the second day of 2nd Test against visiting West Indies at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur in Dhaka.
West Indies: 2/1 * (3.2 ov)
Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das put Bangladesh in a strong position at lunch on the second day, as the home side rapidly added 128 runs in 25 overs in the morning to reach 387 for 6 at lunch. Shakib hammered five fours within a short span before being dismissed for 80, while Liton went to lunch unbeaten on 53 off 54 balls. Mahmudullah, meanwhile, fought hard to support both batsmen, and remained 75 not out.
Liton took advantage of anything too full, driving Shermon Lewis serenely through the leg side, before sweeping Jomel Warrican for two fours in one over. He pulled Devendra Bishoo for two fours too, while also hammering Lewis for a cut over point.
Towards the end of the session, Liton lifted Roston Chase over long-on for a six and then carved one past extra-cover to reach his fifty. The seventh-wicket pair have so far added 86 runs, batting at 4.73 per over.
Shakib began the morning with a punch through covers off Kemar Roach, before belting four boundaries off Chase, including three off consecutive balls in the 94th over. The first two shots were powerful slog sweeps while the third was a more of a paddle past fine-leg.
Mahmudullah, at the other end, survived a few close calls. On 32, he edged Roach to slip but replays could not confirm whether Shimron Hetmyer had taken the catch cleanly. In Roach's next over, West Indies reviewed an lbw against Mahmudullah but, with the umpire's call being not out, he survived despite the ball-tracker showing the ball would have clipped the top of leg-stump. Mahmudullah slapped a four over cover in Roach's next over, but the fast bowler did not make it easy for the home team, dismissing Shakib a few balls later.
Shakib was caught at gully, driving far from his body, ending a 111-run sixth wicket stand. By then, Bangladesh had added 42 runs off 6.5 overs in the morning session. In the next over, West Indies reviewed another lbw decision against Mahmudullah, but the Lewis delivery was skidding too far down the leg-side.
Earlier, on Friday Bangladesh ended the opening day for 259 runs losing five wickets in the first innings of the second and final test match against the visiting West Indies.
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