Bangladesh make steady progress

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Shakib Al Hasan passed 50 during the morning session

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Shakib Al Hasan passed 50 during the morning session

Bangladesh continued to chip away at West Indies' first-innings score as they added 88 without loss on the morning of the third day of the first Test in Mirpur.

Shakib Al Hasan and Naeem Islam both brought up half centuries, Shakib reaching the interval on 65 while Islam had 62, as Bangladesh moved on to 252 for three, still 275 runs adrift of the tourists' 527 for four declared.

Shakib took the initiative, scoring 49 this morning, but did so with some risk as he presented Ravi Rampaul with a handful of opportunities.

Early in the day, Shakib was caught behind on 26, only to earn a reprieve thanks to a no ball from Rampaul, and he soon presented a couple of catching chances that fell narrowly short of fielders.

Islam was looking more composed, happy to wait patiently for loose deliveries he could send racing towards the boundary as his runs tended to come in bunches.

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