Ramdin eyes century as Windies dominate

Denesh Ramdin was closing in on becoming the West Indies' third centurion of the innings as the tourists negotiated the morning session unscathed on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh.

Ramdin resumed on 52 and reached lunch unbeaten on 84, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul - who moved into triple figures on Tuesday night - continued his fine display by reaching 156, adding 33 to his overnight tally.

That took the West Indies to 437 for four.

On Tuesday, opener Kieran Powell had made 117 before departing.

It was a largely uneventful innings, with the Bangladeshi bowlers keeping things tight but producing few chances.

Chanderpaul was perhaps fortunate to see an edge drop short of the slips early in the morning, while Ramdin had to be quick on his feet to beat a direct hit, but otherwise there was little to worry the tourists.

That, at least, went for events on the field. Off it, the day began with the West Indies Cricket Board and West Indies Players' Association issuing a joint statement to insist the players were safe in the country following reports of violence close to their hotel.

"Following reports of violence in Bangladesh on Tuesday, November 13, the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players' Association wish to jointly assure the Caribbean public that the West Indies players and members of the Team Management Unit are all safe and that at no time was their security under threat," the statement said.

"As a measure of extreme precaution however, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has put additional security measures in place."