Kingstown: Kraigg Brathwaite was unbeaten on 166 in leading the West Indies to a commanding 344 for three at tea on a rain-shortened second day of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent on Saturday.
Resuming at the overnight position of 264 for three in partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (27 not out), Brathwaite displayed a bit more aggression than was evident during the entire first day in surpassing his previous Test best of 128 against New Zealand in Port of Spain almost three months ago.
In contrast to his senior teammate, the studious right-hander never looked troubled in continuing to grind out the runs to the frustration of the Bangladeshis.
Chanderpaul survived a testing early period when play eventually started midway through the day following torrential overnight and morning rain that threatened the entire day`s play.
Weather conditions improved significantly through the morning but with the persistent overcast skies, fast-medium bowler Rubel Hossain caused the 40-year-old left-hander no end of worry.
Operating with the second new ball, Rubel came very close to trapping Chanderpaul lbw and then had a vociferous appeal for a catch at the wicket turned down by presiding umpire Marais Erasmus. A review of the decision, as requested by Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, did not provide enough evidence to result in an overturning of the on-field verdict.
Their fourth-wicket partnership was worth 83 runs at the interval with the pair set to keep the pressure on their opponents in the day`s final session.