West Indies' new-look opening pair of Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson capitalised on wayward Bangladeshi bowling to reach the lunch interval at 61 without loss on the opening day of the second and final Test at the Beausejour Stadium on Saturday.Â (Live Scorecard)
Brathwaite, fresh from a patient double-century in the first Test in St Vincent a week earlier, was on 20 with Johnson, making his debut as the West Indies' 300th Test cricketer in this historic 500th Test for the Caribbean side, will resume after the interval on 27.
Opening batsmen Leon Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite hit half centuries as the West Indies built a strong first-day total of 246-3 against Bangladesh in the second cricket test at Beausejour Stadium on Saturday.
Left-hander Johnson, on debut, compiled 66 off 162 balls. He struck five fours and a six. (Scorecard)
Brathwaite, fresh off a double century in the first test victory, struck 63 off 150 deliveries. He hit five boundaries.
The pair shared an opening stand of 143, a first-wicket record for the West Indies against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh struck back with three quick wickets either side of tea, but Darren Bravo (44 not out) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (34 not out) shared a resolute, unbroken stand of 61 in the final session to stall the visitors. (Full match report)