West Indies take lead

ST. GEORGE: David Bernard Jr scored 60 not out Sunday to lead West Indies to 192-7 for a lead of 197 runs before rain washed out the final session on the third day of the second Test against Bangladesh. The allrounder hit six boundaries and a six in 71 balls as West Indies lost 136-6 after resuming the day on 56-1. Travis Dowlin chipped in with 49.

Bangladesh captain Shakib-al-Hasan claimed 4-61, while fellow left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Jr grabbed 2-42. There was a wicket apiece for offspinner Mahmudullah, who took 1-37, and fast bowler Shahadat Hossain, who had 1-18. Bangladesh lead 1-0 in the two-match Test series.

Dowlin and opener Omar Phillips stretched their second-wicket stand to 52 before Shakib struck 25 minutes into the day to make it 72-2. Phillips took his overnight 17 to 29, but he was out, picking a fielder at deep backward square leg.

Shakib, who also claimed Dale Richards late on Saturday, added his third scalp soon afterward when Ryan Hinds (two) gloved a sweep to leave the score on 84-3. Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim deflected the chance off his right glove but Mahmudullah at leg slip grasped the rebound.

Bangladesh continued to make life difficult, and West Indies captain Floyd Reifer (three) departed for his second failure of the match at 95-4. The tall left-hander pushed forward tentatively and was ruled leg before wicket to Mahmudullah.

Dowlin stroked seven fours in 108 deliveries and was closing in on his second 50 of the match when he fell to Enamul Haque Jr. The diminutive batsman played no stroke and was ruled out by Hill despite the ball appearing to be missing past off stump.

Bernard and allrounder Darren Sammy shared a partnership of 56 either side of a rain-lengthened lunch interval. The West Indies, 124-5 at lunch, negotiated the first 45 minutes of the second session against the visitors’ spin attack.