Brathwaite, Blackwood keep Windies in front
The two leaders in the West Indies team showed their mettle on day two of the first Test against Bangladesh to maintain the advantage for the hosts heading into today’s third day in Antigua and Barbuda.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite scored 94 while vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood made 63, as the West Indies posted 265 all out replying to Bangladesh’s first-innings score of 103. Batting a second time, the visitors reached 50 for two in their second knock and still trail the hosts by 112 runs.
It was a day when the West Indies tried to up the tempo after resuming on 95 for two, with Brathwaite on 42 and Nkrumah Bonner 12.
The pair had to work hard for every run, as the Bangladeshi bowlers hit their lines and could have had Bonner’s wicket had they used the review system.
Brathwaite and Bonner put on 62 runs for the third wicket before the latter was bowled by Shakib Al Hasan for 33. Skipper Brathwaite was then joined by his deputy, and they further frustrated the visitors with a 63-run fourth-wicket stand.
Brathwaite was looking good for his 11th Test century. However, pacer Khaled Ahmed got one to keep low which hit the right-hander in front for a well-played 94 which included nine fours in a whopping 268 balls.
After Blackwood brought up his half-century, the Bangladeshi bowlers kept probing, and that consistency would account for the wickets of Kyle Mayers for seven, Joshua Da Silva for one and Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach for nought.
Debutant Gudakesh Motie then joined Blackwood, and the left-hander played a flurry of shots to get to an unbeaten 23 from 21 balls with four fours.
Blackwood would eventually become the ninth wicket to fall for 63 from 139 balls with nine fours.
Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets for 59 runs while there were two wickets each for Ahmed and Abadot Hossain.
Facing a deficit of 162, the visitors started positively with a 33-run opening stand, before Joseph came to the party and snared two quick scalps.
First, he had wicketkeeper Da Silva to thank for a splendid diving catch to remove Tamim Iqbal for 22, then he had nightwatchman Hasan caught in the slips by Mayers for two.
Opener Mahmadul Hasan on 18 and Najmul Hossain (eight) saw the visitors to the close at 50 for two and still trailing by 112 runs.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite, while disappointed that he didn’t get to three figures, believes today’s third day will be key to setting up the match.
“The pitch doesn’t have enough moisture as on the first day and we need to start well in the first hour which will be crucial. If we don’t get wickets, we have to keep it tight and once we build pressure, we will take wickets.”
BANGLADESH 1st Innings 103
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 265
(overnight 95 for two)
*K. Brathwaite lbw b Khaled Ahmed 94
J. Campbell b Mustafizur Rahman 24
R. Reifer c wk Nurul Hasan b Ebadot Hossain 11
N. Bonner b Shakib-al-Hasan 33
J. Blackwood c Mehidy Hasan Miraz b Khaled Ahmed 63
K. Mayers lbw b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 7
+J. Da Silva c wk Nurul Hasan b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1
A. Joseph c wk Nurul Hasan b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 0
K. Roach c Liton Das b Ebadot Hossain 0
G. Motie not out 23
J. Seales lbw b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1
Extras (lb4, w2, nb2) 8
TOTAL (all out, 112.5 overs) 265
Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-72, 3-134, 4-197, 5-224, 6-230, 7-238, 8-239, 9-258, 10-265.
Bowling: M. Rahman 18-7-30-1 (w1), K. Ahmed 22-4-59-2 (w1), E. Hossain 28-8-65-2, (nb2), S. al Hasan 21-5-48-1 (w1), M. Hasan Miraz 22.5-6-59-4, N. Hossain 1-1-0-0.
BANGLADESH 2nd Innings
T. Iqbal c wk Da Silva b Joseph 22
M. Hasan Joy not out 18
M. Hasan Miraz c Mayers b Joseph 2
N. Hossain Shanto not out 8
TOTAL (2 wkts, 20 overs) 50
Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-35.
Bowling: Roach 8-4-19-0, Seales 4-0-16-0, Joseph 6-2-14-2, Mayers 2-1-1-0.
Position: Bangladesh trail by 112 runs with eight second innings wickets intact.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Chris Gaffney, Joel Wilson; TV – Richard Illingworth.