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Tigers outshine West Indies


Published : 05 Feb 2021 10:22 PM | Updated : 06 Feb 2021 12:46 AM

The Bangladesh spinners, led by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, precipitated a dramatic West Indies collapse either side of tea - five wickets for six runs in 23 balls - to leave the hosts firmly in control of the first Test in Chattogram on Friday. 

Nayeem Hasan struck first to remove Joshua Da Silva for 42 and Miraz followed with the wicket of Jermaine Blackwood for 68 to ring in tea after the two had put on a spirited 99-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

On the second day of the opening Test in Chattogram, Bangladesh found themselves tottering at 253 for 6. Mehidy Hasan had the tail to bat with him and carried the side to 430 all out with his maiden Test ton. On the third day, West Indies made a very impressive recovery and were 253 for 6. What followed them losing their last five wickets for six runs and folding for 259. With a 171-run first-innings in the bank, Bangladesh ended their day on 47 for 3 to extend their advantage to 218.

When Taijul Islam dismissed Nkrumah Bonner on the first ball of the day, it seemed Bangladesh will wrap things up quickly. However, with the pitch still not offering much assistance to the bowlers, they had to toil for 96.1 overs.

Kraigg Brathwaite made 76 and scored 55 with Kyle Mayers. While the West Indies captain looked steady, Mayers was particularly impressive with his positive approach. Mayers made 40 - off 65 - and helped the side move ahead.

However, once Brathwaite was dismissed, the hosts were able to pull things back. West Indies went to lunch at 189 for 5 and on the back foot despite scoring 114 runs in the first session. Once play resumed, Jermaine Blackwood and Joshua Da Silva helped the team ease past the first target of 230 and save the follow on.

There was an opportunity in the 79th over when Taijul Islam had Da Silva edging to slip but the chance was grassed in the cordon. Bangladesh took the new ball in the 84th over to slow down the scoring a bit. Blackwood got to his half-century in the 80th over off 106 deliveries as the pair made 99 for the sixth wicket. However, a short period of careless play helped Bangladesh surge ahead in the contest.

With less than ten minutes left in the second session, Da Silva was caught off the bowling of Nayeem Hasan. In the very next over, Liton Das was handed another catch - off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan - as West Indies slipped further with Blackwood walking back. The lower order kept slogging and couldn’t quite stretch the score forward. Mehidy ended with four wickets to ensure Bangladesh had a sizeable advantage on a track that had finally started to favour the bowlers.

Bangladesh’s start in the second innings, though, was less than ideal. Tamil Iqbal and Najmul Hossain Shanto fell in space of three deliveries to Rahkeem Cornwall in the second over as they were left with 1 for 2 on the board. Shadman Islam played out 42 deliveries for his five but fell in the 15th over to Shannon Gabriel. Even with three early wickets, Bangladesh stretched their lead past 200 and will hope Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque are able to bat the opposition out of the contest on the fourth day.