DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Kieran Powell wrote his name in the record books with his second hundred of the match, but he was one of a cluster of late wickets that rocked West Indies in the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday here.
The left-handed opener followed up his first innings 117 with a typically languid 110, as the Windies reached 244 for six in their second innings – a lead of 215 – at the close on the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Darren Bravo supported with 76, but the visitors stumbled from the stability of 209 for one, losing five wickets for 35 in the space of 79 deliveries.
This followed off-spinner Sunil Narine running through the Bangladesh lower order to end with 3-148 from 32.5 overs, but not before Nasir Hossain scored 96 and Mahmudullah made 62, as Bangladesh were dismissed for their highest Test total ever of 556 about 35 minutes before lunch, gaining a first innings lead of 29.
The lanky Powell reached his milestone from 163 balls, when he cheekily steered Rubel Hossain to third man for his 12 boundary and the third in the fast-medium bowler’s 10th over.
Powell followed in the footsteps of the late, great George Headley (twice), Everton Weekes, the late, great Clyde Walcott (twice), Garfield Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Lawrence Rowe, Gordon Greenidge and Brian Lara, as West Indies batsmen that have scored hundreds in each innings of a Test. (See accompanying list below).
After Chris Gayle was caught behind for 19 off Rubel Hossain in the third over after West Indies resumed from eight without loss at lunch, Powell was fortunate on 17, when Junaid Siddique dropped a sitter at second slip in Shahadat Hossain’s fourth over, after Powell essayed a loose drive outside the off-stump.
Powell knuckled down following this reprieve and put on 189 for the second wicket with fellow left-hander Bravo, whose dismissal triggered the slide.
After Powell reached his 50 from 88 balls with a cut a delivery from off-spinner Sohag Gazi through backward point for his seventh boundary, Bravo soon followed suit when he dabbed his 80th ball – from Shakib Al Hasan – to mid-wicket for a single in the fifth over after West Indies resumed from 124 for one at tea.
Powell marched to his hundred, reaching the figure in blaze with three fours in five deliveries from Rubel, the first two elegant drives through mid-off.
Bravo also looked set for the landmark until he flashed at a delivery from Rubel and was caught behind inside the final hour. He struck 10 fours from 121 balls in 183 minutes.
Next over, Marlon Samuels was caught at forward short leg for one, when he was undone by an unplayable delivery from Sohag which bounced and turned awkwardly, and he could only turn into the hands of the close fielder.
With the close quickly approaching, Powell and Denesh Ramdin, a century-maker in the first innings, opted to play sedately, but they were dismissed within 10 balls of each other.
Powell was caught behind, when he nibbled at an arm ball from Shakib. His innings lasted 247 minutes in which time he clouted one-dozen fours and a six from 197 balls.
Ramdin was trapped lbw for five playing back and across to an arm ball from the same bowler, leaving West Indies 225 for five.
Veerasammy Permaul was bowled with the penultimate ball of the final over, when he misread the line of a delivery from Sohag to complete a memorable day for the Bangladeshis.
Rubel, Shakib and Sohag have collected two wickets apiece.
Earlier, Narine broke a frustrating seventh-wicket stand of 121 between Nasir and Mahmudullah, after Bangladesh resumed from their overnight total of 455 for six.
Narine made the breakthrough after the pair helped Bangladesh past their previous highest of 488 against Zimbabwe seven years ago at Chittagong.
The off-spinner had Mahmudullah caught at forward short leg, and four deliveries later, bowled Sohag for four before the Bangladeshis past 500, but a single to mid-on for Nasir off Rampaul took them over the mark for the first time.
Tino Best’s hard work and perseverance paid off, when Nasir, seeking to become the second hometown batsman to score a maiden Test hundred in the innings following Naeem Islam’s 108, was caught at slip four runs short of the threshold.
Narine brought Bangladesh’s innings to a close, when he bowled Shahadat Hossain for 13.
Rampaul finished with 3-118 from 32 overs and West Indies captain Darren Sammy claimed 2-83 from 23 overs.
This is West Indies’ third full tour of Bangladesh, where they have never lost a Test series, let alone a Test.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 527
(S. Chanderpaul 203 not out; Sohag Gazi 3-145)
BANGLADESH 1st Innings
(overnight 455 for six)
Tamim Iqbal c Narine b Sammy 72
Junaid Siddique c Bravo b Rampaul 7
Shahriar Nafees c wkpr Ramdin b Rampaul 31
Naeem Islam c wkpr Ramdin b Sammy 108
Shakib Al Hasan c (sub) Fudadin b Rampaul 89
Mushfiqur Rahim c and b Permaul 43
Nasir Hossain c Gayle b Best 96
Mahmudullah c Powell b Narine 62
Shohag Gazi b Narine 4
Shahadat Hossain b Narine 13
Rubel Hossain not out 0
Extras (b8, lb12, w3, nb8) 31
TOTAL (all out, 148.3 overs) 455
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Junaid), 2-88 (Shahriar), 3-119 (Tamim), 4-286 (Shakib), 5-362 (Naeem), 6-368 (Mushfiqur), 7-489 (Mahmudullah), 8-493 (Shohag), 9-554 (Nasir)
Bowling: Rampaul 32-2-118-3 (nb5); Best 23-3-77-1 (w3); Sammy 23-3-83-2; Narine 32.3-5-148-3 (nb3); Permaul 29-7-75-1; Gayle 3-0-14-0; Samuels 6-0-21-0
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
C. Gayle c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Rubel Hossain 19
K. Powell c Shahriar Nafees b Shakib Al Hasan 110
D.M. Bravo c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Rubel Hossain 76
M. Samuels c Shahriar Nafees b Shohag Gazi 1
+D. Ramdin lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 5
*D. Sammy not out 15
V. Permaul b Shohag Gazi 10
Extras (b1, lb3, nb4) 8
TOTAL (6 wkts, 64.5 overs) 244
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Gayle), 2-209 (Bravo), 3-212 (Samuels), 4-218 (Powell), 5-225 (Ramdin), 6-244 (Permaul)
Bowling: Shohag Gazi 18.5-2-63-2; Rubel Hossain 14-4-35-2 (nb2); Mahmudullah 3-0-12-0; Shahadat Hossain 7-1-34-0 (nb2); Shakib Al Hasan 11-2-56-2; Naeem Islam 8-0-22-0; Nasir Hossain 3-0-18-0
Position: West Indies lead by 215 with four second innings wickets standing
Umpires: R. Illingworth (England), B. Oxenford (Australia)
TV Replays: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh)