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Chanderpaul hits 203

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, after his double century

Calcutta/ Dhaka: Bangladesh struggled in reply to a huge West Indian total and faced the prospects of following on after Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit a brilliant double century in the first Test on Wednesday.

The hosts were 164 for the loss of three wickets at close on the second day, after West Indies declared their first innings close on a mammoth 527 for four at tea with Chanderpaul equalling his best Test score of unbeaten 203.

Both Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin, who remained unbeaten on 126, piled on the pressure for a clueless home team as they put on 296 for the unbroken fifth wicket stand — a new record in all Bangladesh-West Indies Tests.

For the West Indies, the 38-year-old left-hander batted with composure to equal his highest Test score of 203 not out made against South Africa at Georgetown in 2005.

Chanderpaul is now level with the peerless Garfield Sobers on the list of century-makers in Tests from West Indies with 26. “Sir Garry is Sir Garry,” he said after the feat. “Being level on centuries with Sir Garry is good, but I cannot be Sir Garry.

“I have played a lot more games than Sir Garry, but it’s still a great honour to be mentioned in the same sentence with Sir Garry.”