Ton-up Islam leads strong Bangladesh reply

Updated 16 November 2012
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Ton-up Islam leads strong Bangladesh reply

DHAKA: Middle-order batsman Naeem Islam made a maiden Test century while Shakib Al Hasan smashed a dominating 89 to help Bangladesh thwart the West Indies in the first Test in Dhaka yesterday.
The pair made a record fourth-wicket stand of 167 to help the home team close the third day on 455-6, just 72 shy of the visitors’ imposing first innings total of 527-4 declared.
Islam, whose previous Test best was 59 not out against England in Dhaka in 2010, added another 76 runs for the fifth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (43) to end West Indies’s hopes of enforcing the follow-on.
At stumps, Mohammad Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 42 and Nasir Hossain 33 not out. The pair have so far added 87 on the unresponsive Shere Bangla stadium pitch.
The West Indian bowlers labored for wickets as the home team had done on the first two days.
Paceman Ravi Rampaul has been the pick of the attack with three wickets for 101 runs. Skipper Darren Sammy has two wickets and debutant spinner Veerasammy Permaul one.
Spinner Sunil Narine has failed to translate his Twenty20 success into the longer form of the game, conceding 89 runs in his 21 wicketless overs.
Islam finally lost concentration after tea, caught behind from a tired shot off Sammy’s bowling. His 108 included 17 boundaries and lasted 255 balls.
Islam said he was happy to help his team mount a spirited reply.
“It’s a great honor to score a Test hundred,” said the 25-year-old. “I always try to follow a game plan and all through this innings I tried to maintain that, selecting my shots as my team needed me to stay at the crease.
“In the end it’s a good feeling to help the team with a hundred. It was great to bat alongside Shakib and Tamim (Iqbal) and I am happy about contributing in my team’s recovery.” In the morning session Shakib provided the aggression while Islam proved a rock at the other end as they added 88 runs before lunch.
Shakib, who hit 10 fours and a six in his 143-ball innings, was dismissed by Rampaul for 89 soon after lunch. He failed to keep a drive down and was caught in the covers, showing great disappointment at missing out on a well-deserved hundred.
His stand with Islam was the best fourth-wicket partnership for Bangladesh in all Tests, topping the 120 by Habibul Bashar and Manjural Islam against the West Indies at Kingston in 2004.
Naeem reached his first Test century with a four to fine leg off paceman Tino Best.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim also gave a gutsy performance, hitting seven fours and a six in his 43 before giving Permaul a return catch for his first Test wicket.
The second and final Test will be in Khulna from Nov. 21.


LIVE: Tunisia battle to stay in World Cup against Belgium

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LIVE: Tunisia battle to stay in World Cup against Belgium

3PM: The nationals anthems are being sung with gusto in Moscow. Can the passion in their voices be matched by passion and panache on the pitch? 

2.45PM: THE MAN TUNISIA NEED TO STOP - Eden Hazard is the main threat facing the Eagles of Carthage today. Can they keep him quiet? 

2.42PM: Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul swapped his goalkeeper with Farouk Mustapha taking over from Mouez Hassen, who played in the opening 2-1 defeat to England, failing to stop Kane scoring the late winner for the Three Lions.
In the only other change, Troyes midfielder Saif-Eddine Khaoui replaced Naim Sliti in the middle of the park for Tunisia.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez started with the same team which beat Panama for Saturday's World Cup group match against Tunisia in Moscow.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is looking to add to the two goals he scored in their opening 3-0 rout of Panama for the clash at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

2.40PM: TEAMS ANNOUNCED. 

BELGIUM - Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco; Eden Hazard (capt), Dries Mertens; Romelu Lukaku

TUNISIA - Farouk Mustapha; Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Ali Maaloul; Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi; Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Wahbi Khazri (capt), Anice Badri

2.30PM: The Eagles of Carthage suffered last-minute heartache against England on Monday, when a Harry Kane header in injury-time sealed a 2-1 win for his side in the opening clash of Group G.

Nabil Maaloul’s men now face highly fancied Belgium knowing another defeat would end their interest in the tournament after just one game. They looked solid, without ever being spectacular against England. Can they find another gear and cause a shock against Eden Hazard and Co?