It is never easy to bowl against Chris Gayle. Inexperienced bowlers are bound to face the wrath of master blaster. This is exactly what happened to Bangladeshi debutant off-spinner Sohag Gazi at Mirpur stadium, Bangladesh. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim trusted the young lad with opening over of the game.
Promising off spinner made his debut memorable for life but due to all the wrong reasons. Chris Gayle danced down the track and dispatched very first ball of the game for a huge six. Ball travelled the distance and landed across long on boundary.
This treatment added to first match nerves and he could not recover in the over. Chris Gayle exploited his inexperience well and bagged 18 runs off opening over. Nobody was expecting a first over onslaught from Gayle.
However, Bangladeshi skipper kept trust on Sohag Gazi and did not replace him. Gazi finally proved his class to Chris Gayle at the end of 3rd over. Gayle jumped out of crease only to mistime a shot straight into the hands of Mahmudullah at long-off. Sohag was overjoyed in post wicket celebrations. He took 3 wickets for 97 runs.
Departure of Chris Gayle brought short lived joys to Bangladeshis as they grabbed two more wickets. Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels fell after scoring 14 and 16 respectively. Departure of Samuels brought experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul on the crease to join hands with Kieran Powell. Both the batsmen kept the scoring momentum going and scored brilliant hundreds. Powell was dismissed on 117 while Chanderpaul is unbeaten at 123 at the close of play.
Stylish batsman Denesh Ramdin also chipped in well with a brilliantly struck half century. He is unbeaten on 52. At the close of stumps Bangladesh was 361/4 with two very promising batsmen still on the crease.
West Indians dominated proceedings on 1st day of 1st test match against Bangladesh. Bangladeshi bowlers clearly appeared short of ideas and were completely at the mercy of Batsmen.