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Openers help West Indies dominate first session of second Test
Published : Thursday, 11 February, 2021 at 2:05 PM, Count : 87

Openers help West Indies dominate first session of second Test

Openers help West Indies dominate first session of second Test

After winning the toss, West Indies made the most of a slow surface on the first session of the second Test with openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell putting on 66 for the first wicket. 

Campbell, who made 36 and did the bulk of the scoring in that opening stand, was the only wicket to fall in the session when he was deemed out lbw in contentious fashion.

Campbell's dismissal came in the 21st over when he looked to sweep left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. Bowling from around the stumps, Taijul got a full ball to angle in, go under the bat, which hit Campbell's front leg. 

Umpire Sharfuddoula then raised his finger but Campbell reviewed. The decision then went to TV umpire Gazi Sohel, who tried to determine if the ball grazed the bottom edge of the bat during Campbell's sweep. But umpire Sohel said there was no bat involved - despite a small deviation on UltraEdge, which could also have been generated by the on-ground noise - and upheld the on-field decision to send Campbell back for 36. 

A few balls later, a seemingly dissatisfied West Indies coach Phil Simmons could be seen talking to the reserve umpire Masudur Rahman near the boundary line, perhaps wanting to know more about how the TV umpire reached his decision.

That was the only moment of joy for Bangladesh, who otherwise struggled with the ball. Abu Jayed, the right-arm quick who replaced Mustafizur Rahman in the XI, was wayward in his first spell. Although he got the ball to swing away from the right-hander, his inconsistent lines allowed the Brathwaite and Campbell to begin positively. He did, however, get the umpire to give Campbell lbw in the ninth over, but the batsman's review showed that the ball was going over the stumps and therefore he survived.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz shared the new ball with Jayed, who kept the openers quiet as long as he bowled full. The short balls however were put away behind square on either side. Like Mehidy, first-change bowler Nayeen Hasan found turn but didn't challenge either batsmen's edge. Full balls were defended by Brathwaite, but when the same was offered to Campbell, the left-hander attacked the "V" behind the bowler.

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