KHULNA: Marlon Samuels smashed a magnificent 260 to guide the West Indies into a commanding position against Bangladesh on the third day of the second and final Test in Khulna yesterday.
The 31-year-old Jamaican notched his maiden double century, putting on a 326-run stand for the third wicket with Darren Bravo (127) and another 177 for the fourth wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who ended the day 109 not out. The run-feast gave the West Indies a healthy 177-run lead over Bangladesh’s first innings total of 387.
Despite his brilliant knock, Samuels was disappointed at missing a triple hundred.
“It is most definitely disappointing,” he said. “Nevertheless, a double-century is a big milestone. I have to work with it and enjoy to the fullest.”
The seasoned Chanderpaul was not left far behind, as he reached his 27th Test hundred in the dying moments of the day.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2012.