Debutant Sunny dents West Indies

Posted on October 24, 2011

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Spinner Elias Sunny stamped his mark on debut picking up four key Caribbean wickets on the fourth day of the first test on Monday when the visitors took to the crease at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday.

The visitors were 144 for 5 in 51 overs and are trailing by 206 runs in the first innings.

Earlier, the hosts declared their first inning at 350/9 less than 3 overs after the lunch break. This is the fourth declaration in Bangladesh’s history.

Pacer Shahadat Hossain earned the breakthrough for Bangladesh in the third over bowling out opener Lendl Simmons Simmons with a bounce from short ball.

Simmons steered the ball but not the way he wanted to, ending up giving a catch to Raqibul Hasan. He played 13 balls and scored 7.

In the 15th over, Elias Sunny trapped Edwards plumb for a leg before with a typical left-armer’s delivery. The Caribbean scored 17 from 38 balls.

Sunny made the second blow in the 23rd over when he delivered a flighted ball to Bravo on the off stump. Bravo dabbed it with the turn, giving a catch straight into the hands of Shahriar Nafees who was fielding in the short leg. He played 14 balls and scored 2.

The Sunny storm continues. This time the toll is opener Kraigg Brathwaite. He tossed up ball on middle luring Brathwaite to get forward and poke. Imrul Kayes took the catch to send him back on 33.

The wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul would probably Sunny’s best catch. The most experienced in the Caribbeans squad tried to send the ball to the midwicket but ended up producing a catch for Nafees. Unlucky, he found his way back on 49 off 72 balls. His innings includes three boundaries and two sixers.

Marlon Samuels and Carlton Baugh will resume the final day’s play on Tuesday for 17 and 6 runs respectively.

TIGERS INNINGS

The tigers had a tough day with Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo denting a confident host side picking up five wickets.

Edwards bagged the wickets of Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Shahriar Nafees while Bishoo the wickets of Nasir Hossain, Elias Sunny and Shahadat Hossain.

After two days of suspension of play, the fourth day’s play was delayed by 30 minutes due to wet outfield. Though the cover started to come off at 9:15am, the start was delayed further due to some wt patches in some parts of the field.

With 255-4 on the scoreboard, the play began around 10:00am.

Desperately looking to break the partnership between skipper Mushfiqur and Naeem, who had been waiting to take to the crease since Saturday morning, the Caribbeans saw success in the first ball of the day’s second over.

On 68, Mushfiq looked to nudge a short delivery from Fidel and ended up getting a leading edge that popped up behind square leg. Running back, Bishoo took the catch to send the Bangladesh skipper top pavilion. He hit five boundaries to score the run off 145 balls.

Shahriar Nafees, who had gone back to the bench being retired hurt on the first day of the game, joined Naeem on the crease later. He, however, seemed uncomfortable there and gave catch to wicketkeeper Baugh in the third ball of the 95th over. He did not show any footwork and gave an under edge to return to the pavilion on scoring 32 off 29 balls.

Bishoo hit in the 108th, 110th and 122nd over to pick up the wickets of Nasir, Elias Sunny and Shahdat Hossain.

Nasir looked for a slog-heave and top-edged to give a catch to Baugh. He scored 34 from 47 balls.

Elias Sunny fell victim to a googly from Bishoo. Trying to defend it inside the line, he gave it a thin outside edge to produce a catch for Sammy in the slip.

Meanwhile, Shahadat jumped out to a legbreak spinning away from him, and missed it to give a catch to the wicketkeeper after scoring 9 off 28 balls.

Earlier, rain and soggy outfield ruined the play on the second and third day.

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