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Windies are in driving seat

Khulna: Marlon Samuels rode his luck to score his maiden double century — 206 — as West Indies seized control of the second Test against Bangladesh in Khulna on Friday.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 109 as the visitors reached 564 for four wickets at the close of the third day, a lead of 177 runs.

Samuels, who resumed on 109, was the last man out in the final session and added 326 runs for the third wicket with Darren Bravo (127).

The stand between Samuels and Bravo was the highest for West Indies for any wicket against Bangladesh, surpassing Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin’s unbroken 296 in the previous Test in Dhaka.

Bravo, who was unbeaten on 85 overnight, also completed his century, his fourth in Tests, before off-spinner Sohag Gazi trapped him lbw.

Samuels made Bangladesh pay heavily after Naeem Islam dropped the right-handed batsman on 117 off Abul Hasan at slip.