The flat wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla contains a bit of moisture in the morning session, making it the most probable time for the bowling side to pick up wickets. While the Bangladeshi bowlers couldn't make the most of it, they did however, squander a couple. The first one in fact came at the second ball of the day when a flighted delivery by debutant Shohag Gazi beat both Denesh Ramdin and keeper Mushfiqur Rahim as it went through the gap between the bat and the pad. The second opportunity came through an edge of Shivnarine Chanderpaul off Gazi, which fell inches short of the slip fielder.
The home side's frustration at the West Indian batting was perhaps best described by allrounder Shakib Al Hasan who signaled the umpire to 'Review' an appeal made against Chanderpaul in the 110th over, but was obviously denied since the 'Umpire Decision Review System' is not being used for the series.
Tamim's bowling and Gazi's 47 overs
The crowd never really had a chance to get going in the morning and afternoon session, mostly due to some sublime batting by the visitors. The only time they cheered however, was when Tamim Iqbal came to ball what was only his fifth over in Test cricket. It was the opposite for young Shohag Gazi who bowled 47 overs on his debut, only four less than Mohammad Rafique's effort in Bangladesh's first Test match against India in 2000.
Tino v Tamim
West Indian fast bowler Tino Best is known for his enthusiasm on the field and the trend continued during the visitors short bowling session yesterday. At first, it was his frustrating hop and kick after he was dispatched for four boundaries in one over by Tamim. His 'passion' for his bowling was reiterated after an accidental dash with Shakib Al Hasan. The accident was followed by a wayward bouncer and a fierce attempt to throw the ball at Shakib's stump after collecting the ball on his follow-through.