West Indian opener Kieron Powell had earlier stated that it was his aim to score a century against Bangladesh in this series, a task he achieved on the very first day of the Test match. The left-handed batsman's list of triumphs though wasn't going to stop there.
The batsman once again anchored the West Indian batting order and in the process scored his second century of the match.
“I was thinking about it last night and people I talked to told me that this was the perfect opportunity to do something like this. I am not too sure how often it happened but I am happy that it happened to me,” said Powell after the fourth day's play of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. Powell's 'century double' makes him a part of an elite group of West Indian batsmen, including the likes of Gordon Greenidge, to have scored two centuries in a match.
However, Powell's departure late in the day triggered a collapse for the visitors as they lost five wickets for 35 runs. The batsman, however, believed that the game was still in their hands.
“I think we are still in a good position to try and get a win from here. Once we get to 300 tomorrow, we should be in a good position to look for a win or even try to save the game,” said Powell. “All we need to do tomorrow is bat the first session. Once we do that we should be in a safe position and then push forward from there,” he added.
Claiming that the ball bounced more than the previous sessions, the batsman believed that the change in conditions towards the end of the fourth day played a key role in the fall of the West Indian wickets. “In the evening the ball started to stop a bit. There was a bit of extra bounce and the ball started to get a grip. A bit of moisture also made it difficult to play your shots,” claimed the batsman. “I think we have enough time, considering the wicket. We have to bat out the first session tomorrow. Once we get to 300 and are in a safe position we should be able to put some pressure,” he added.