Magical Mayers on 126 not out as West Indies lead by 106
Padma Bridge Friendship Test Series, presented by Walton
Day 2, 2nd Test – West Indies vs Bangladesh
Venue: Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium
Toss: West Indies won and bowled
Kyle Mayers struck a top quality century as West Indies bounced back from a pre-lunch wobble to dominate Saturday’s play against Bangladesh. The powerful left-hander closed the day on 126 not out, a knock which has lifted West Indies to 340-5 at the close – a lead of 106 heading into the third day, on Sunday.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite made a disciplined 51, his opening partner John Campbell added 45 while vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood struck a responsible 40 and Joshua Da Silva, an unbeaten 26 in support of Mayers in the final session when West Indies lost only one wicket. The innings appeared to be taking a different look when West Indies slipped to 134-4. They lost three wickets for one run in the space of 12 balls in the last 20 minutes before lunch
Mayers demonstrated great maturity and batting skill as he put on 116 with Blackwood for the fifth wicket before adding a further 92 in an unbroken sixth wicket stand with Da Silva, to put the home side in front. Mayers has so far faced 180 balls in just over four hours and struck 15 fours and two sixes – the second of which raised his hundred about 45 minutes before the close.
GLORIOUS COVER DRIVE
Two boundaries in one over off Khaled took him into the 80s and he reached his hundred in style, moving to 97 with a glorious cover drive off Shoriful Islam before he whipped the next ball over square leg for six to reach the landmark in spectacular fashion.
“I feel good. It’s been a while since I raised my bat in Test cricket,” Mayers said afterwards. “Me and my teammates were speaking about it before this series and I told them I needed to get some runs. After coming from the Netherlands and scoring my first ODI hundred, my confidence was up and I told them this series I was looking forward to getting some runs.”
DAY 3 – MORE OF MAYERS
Mayes will look to guide the lower order and will look to build on their solid platform when play resumes on Sunday, third day of the match, First ball is 10am (9am Jamaica Time). Fans can purchase tickets via the new WINDIES TICKETS service presented by Mastercard, at www.tickets.windiestickets.com. Fans can watch live on ESPN Caribbean and listen to live radio commentary on the Windies Cricket YouTube channel.