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Kingstown: Mushfiqur Rahim rode his luck and battled through the pain of a badly bruised finger in compiling an unbeaten 70 to keep Bangladesh alive at 256 for five in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent on Monday.

Following-on 302 runs behind the home side’s first innings total of 484 for seven declared, the tourists go into the final day still needing another 46 runs to make the Caribbean team bat again with five wickets in hand.

Reduced to 110 for four at the lunch interval yesterday despite a typically attacking 53 by opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh looked doomed to a massive innings defeat inside four days before Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah (66) came together in a partnership that realised 130 runs for the fifth wicket and frustrated the West Indies for over three hours.

Mushfiqur was dropped twice in the slips off the fast bowlers while Mahmudullah offered a sharp chance to specialist spinner Sulieman Benn before part-time bowler Chris Gayle lured him into a miscued swipe to extra-cover where Kirk Edwards spilled the simplest of catches. (PTI)

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