Super Samuels cashes in
Marlon Samuels more than doubled his highest five-day score by compiling 260 as West Indies established a healthy lead over Bangladesh on day three of the second Test in Khulna.
Samuels, whose previous best Test knock of 123 came against New Zealand in August, extended his third-wicket partnership with Darren Bravo, worth 198 overnight, to 326 and then shared a further 177 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Bravo was eventually dismissed for 127, while Chanderpaul reached stumps unbeaten on 109 in a total of 564 for four that gave the Windies a lead of 177.
With the second new ball just two overs old at the start of play, Bangladesh’s seamers initially posed several problems, with Samuels, who resumed on 109, particularly fortunate to survive.
The Jamaican was dropped by Naeem Islam at first slip off Abul Hasan and saw two further edges fly through the cordon.
He soon settled, however, and went on to bash 82 runs from 81 deliveries in the morning session, with the aid of 14 boundaries.
Samuels received a further stroke of luck on 167 when a Shakib Al Hasan delivery struck the stumps but failed to dislodge the bails.
A straight six later in the over merely added to Bangladesh’s frustration, but the hosts did muster a breakthrough prior to lunch as Bravo fell lbw to off-spinner Sohag Gazi. The left-hander had progressed serenely up to that point in recording his fourth Test hundred; all of his tons have come on the sub-continent.
Samuels adopted a much more reserved approach after lunch, but brought up a maiden double-century with a flicked single to deep square-leg off Rubel Hossain.
The torment continued for Bangladesh’s bowlers, who appeared increasingly resigned to their fate as the veteran Chanderpaul exhibited fluency.
Rubel eventually accounted for Samuels, who was caught at point via the shoulder of the bat, but that did little to dent the Windies’ dominance.