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Bangladesh look for test breakthrough

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KHULNA, Bangladesh (AP) Emboldened by its whitewash of Pakistan in the limited-overs games, Bangladesh could be ready to make its big breakthrough at test level when a two-match series against the same opponents begins Tuesday.

Bangladesh beat Pakistan 3-0 in the one-day series and followed it up by winning a one-off Twenty20 international, ramping up expectation levels in the country.

Now it's time to break new ground in test cricket with a first win over a competitive top-tier opponent.


England beat West Indies by 9 wickets

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) Inspired by James Anderson's fiery burst with the second new ball and his brilliance in the field, England defeated the West Indies by nine wickets on the last day Saturday of the second cricket test.

Anderson's three wickets for 16 in eight overs, allied to his two catches and a sharp, direct hit run out, triggered a stunning West Indies collapse from 202-2 at the start of the day, with a lead of 37, to 307 all out. (MORE)

West Indies fight back against England

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) Opener Kraigg Brathwaite's unbeaten 101 led a spirited West Indies fightback after Joe Root's unbeaten 182 gave England an imposing first innings lead of 165 on the fourth day of the second test Friday.

The West Indies ended the day 202-2, trailing by 37 with three sessions remaining on the final day. The first of the three tests in the series was drawn last week in Antigua. (MORE)

Bangladesh crush Pakistan in T20

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman struck unbeaten half-centuries to lead Bangladesh to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the lone Twenty20 on Friday.

Bangladesh's first T20 win over Pakistan in eight matches followed a first series triumph in the one-day internationals. The two-test series starts on Tuesday. (MORE)

Ballance & Root pick up pace for England

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) Joe Root's first overseas century propelled England to 373-6 and a 74-run lead over the West Indies after three days of the second test on Thursday.

Root joined Gary Ballance after lunch after England had just lost captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell in quick succession. Together on a placid pitch, they upped the dire run-rate and lifted England past West Indies' first-innings total of 299. (MORE)

England 74- 0 in reply to Windies 299

ST.GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) England openers Alistair Cook and Jonathan Trott wasted no time building a strong reply to the West Indies first-innings 299 on the second day of the second test Wednesday.

After a day shortened to 60.4 overs by rain before lunch and eventually by fading light, captain Cook was unbeaten on 37 with Trott on 32 as England were 74 without loss at stumps at the National Stadium. (MORE)

Bangladesh sweep Pakistan with third win

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh whitewashed Pakistan in a one-day international series for the first time after winning the third match by an emphatic eight wickets on Wednesday.

Bangladesh went into the match having already achieved a first ODI series win against Pakistan, and made more history. (MORE)

Samuels leads West Indies fight back

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) Marlon Samuels brought up an unbeaten 94 in a bid to rebuild the West Indies first innings after an early collapse Tuesday as England ended a rain-shortened opening day of the second test in a strong position with the hosts at 188-5.

Samuels, who came to the wicket shortly before lunch at the unusual dismissal of left-handed opener Devon Smith for 15, benefited from England captain Alistair Cook's missed chance at first slip off Chris Jordan when on 22 to dominate the scoring in the final session and approach his seventh test century. (MORE)

West Indies counting on Bishoo

ST.GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin is counting on restored leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo to play a key role in the second test against England starting at the National Stadium on Tuesday.

Bishoo was recalled for his first test since 2012 as a replacement for left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who was dropped after a lackluster performance in the drawn first match in Antigua. (MORE)

Batsman Keshri dies in freak accident

KOLKATA, India (AP) Indian cricket batsman Ankit Keshri died early Monday, three days after suffering a head injury in a freak accident on the field during a one-day match in the eastern city of Kolkata.

The 20-year-old Keshri was hospitalized Friday after colliding with a teammate while trying to catch a ball during the match between the local East Bengal and Bhowanipore teams. (MORE)

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