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Samuels makes most of flat track with double-hundred

Samuels rode his luck on a lifeless pitch. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 109 as the visitors reached 564 for four at the close of play.

Marlon Samuels improved his career-best score by more than double.
Marlon Samuels improved his career-best score by more than double.

KHULNA // Marlon Samuels more than doubled his Test best score as West Indies dominated the third day of the second Test against Bangladesh.

Samuels rode his luck to a maiden double century as the visitors seized control on a lifeless pitch. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 109 as the visitors reached 564 for four at the close of play, a lead of 177 runs.

Samuels, whose previous best was 123 against New Zealand in Kingston in August, resumed yesterday on 109, and was the last man out in the final session. He 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.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan beat Samuels on 167 for the ball to hit the stumps but to Bangladesh's dismay the bails remained unmoved.

Paceman Rubel Hossain had a strong lbw appeal turned down against Samuels, on 191, on the first ball after the tea break and was again unlucky when Samuels edged him in his next over between the first slip fielder Shahriar Nafees and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for a boundary.

Samuels, who hit 31 fours and three sixes, flicked Rubel away for a single to complete his double-century and looked well set for a triple before a tired-looking shot off the same bowler ended his knock with substitute fielder Elias Sunny completing the catch.

"It is most definitely disappointing," Samuels told reporters. "Nevertheless, a double-century is a big milestone. I have to work with it and enjoy to the fullest.

"The way Bangladesh are playing on this pitch, they are continuing to put everyone in the boundary. They wanted me to go over the top consistently.

"There's a lot of singles to take, I don't mind until the mid-on and mid-off come up and I take the chance going over the top."

Wicketkeeper Ramdin (four not out) was at the crease for West Indies with Chanderpaul, who compiled his second century in the series having notched up a career-best unbeaten 203 in the first Test.

West Indies won the first Test in the two-match series by 77 runs.

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