Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner was making up for lost time with his second successive half-century as West Indies ground out 223 for five against Bangladesh on day one of the second cricket test in Dhaka on Thursday.
Bonner was 74 not out and wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva was with him on 22 after an even first day.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite contributed 47 and fellow opener John Campbell 36 but the West Indies were bunkered down in the face of relentlessly disciplined bowling. The home team had the initiative until the unbeaten 45-run, no-risk stand by Bonner and Da Silva to see out the day.
How long Bonner lasts will be the key to West Indies’ innings, with a 300 total looking imposing. After almost a decade out of the national setup, his 86 on debut last weekend helped West Indies win the first test in a remarkable comeback.
After opting to bat first, Brathwaite and Campbell shared a decent 66-run start.
Campbell cut offspinner Mehidy Hasan past point for a boundary to begin his scoring on his 12th ball faced. Campbell also struck offspinner, Nayeem Hasan, for a six over long-on. But with West Indies appearing untroubled, Campbell gave up his wicket when he was trapped plumb trying to sweep left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.
Campbell reviewed in vain. His 68-ball innings included five fours and one six.
The bowlers regrouped well after lunch to take three wickets.
Fast bowler Abu Jayed was rewarded for hitting the right length consistently with Shayne Moseley’s wicket for seven, after which Brathwaite perished to a cut shot off Soumya Sarkar’s medium pace, three runs short of his 21st test half-century.
Kayle Mayers, the first batsman to score a double century in the fourth innings on debut in the first test, was out for five driving at Jayed and giving an outside edge to the slips.
West Indies were in trouble at 116 for four but Bonner engineered a recovery, first with Jermaine Blackwood. Their 62-run for the fifth wicket lasted until Blackwood was caught and bowled by Taijul Islam for 28.
Bonner brought up his half-century driving a Taijul delivery to long off for a single off 98 balls. But in the face of good bowling, he opted for a defensive approach, which paid off for him. His 173-ball-knock so far includes six boundaries.
Jayed and Taijul have two wickets each.