St. Lucia, West Indies:Captain Habibul Bashar smacked a stroke-filled 113 as Bangladesh enjoyed a satisfying first day of the first cricket test against the West Indies at the Beausejour Stadium here. Teenager Mohammad Ashraful chipped in with an unbeaten 65 as the bottom-ranked visitors closed at 278 for seven after winning the toss and choosing to bat on Friday. Bowlers strike back Bangladesh would have been slightly disappointed after reaching 227-3 at one stage. But the home team fought back in the lengthy final session through their slow bowlers. Leg-spinner Ramnaresh Sarwan (2 for 20) and off-spinner Chris Gayle (1-31) provided key breakthroughs in miserly spells. Left-arm seamer Pedro Collins took 3-75 off 20 overs to earn the best West Indian bowling figures. Collins provided an instant spark with a wicket off the first delivery of the test. Opener Hannan Sarkar played no stroke to a big inswinger and umpire Jeremy Lloyds, officiating in his first test, gave a clear-cut leg before decision. Bashar leads the way But Bangladesh quickly doused the West Indian fire as the enterprising Bashar and the solid Javed Omar went to lunch at 101-1, with Bashar on 65 and Omar on a more sedate 27. They added 121 for the second wicket in just over two hours when Omar perished shortly after the break after striking four fours in 92 balls. He sliced a drive at Collins and provided a catch to Devon Smith at gully. (AP).
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