Shakib Al Hasan plays and misses a pull shot on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at Mirpur where the premier batsman also missed what could have been a deserved century for 11 runs. Photo: STAR
Shakib's lucky break
The morning juice in the pitch meant that the Bangladesh batsmen had to be cautious early on in order to put up a good reply. While they did manage to keep their wickets intact, things would have been a lot different had Rampaul not bowled a no-ball. In the day's 7th over, Shakib edged a back of a length delivery to the keeper and headed for the dressing room only to stopped by the umpire. Luckily for him, Rampaul had overstepped.
A flick off Best
Naeem, who is on a comeback trail, found himself on the brink of his maiden Test century. However, as it so often happens, the player was stuck on 98 for almost two overs. During the period, he was greeted with two ferocious bouncers from Best. He also took a swipe at a wide delivery and almost edged it back to the keeper. Eventually, a flick off Best towards deep fine leg brought him his first century.
Veerasammy Permaul, the debutant slow left-armer, bowled at a consistent line throughout the day. He bowled the right length, turned the ball and troubled the batsmen every now and then on top of being the most economical bowler. But he still had to wait for 21.2 overs for his first wicket, that of Mushfiqur Rahim's. His post-wicket celebration displayed how much the wicket meant to him.
Apart from a six off the first ball of the Test match, Chris Gayle didn't do much in this Test match so far. He however made his presence felt when an edge off Mahmudullah clearly fell short of him in the slips. The dashing left-hander, however, raised his hands and mockingly appealed for the wicket, an incident that received a humorous reaction from the majority in the stadium.