WI bowlers dominate Bangladesh on opening day of second Test
On a day when the bowlers showed their mettle, the West Indies shifted gears in the latter part of day one of the second Test to claim top honours against Bangladesh in St Lucia.
The regional side will start today’s second day in a healthy position, as they will resume on 67 without loss, which is 167 runs behind Bangladeshi’s first-innings score of 234.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite and his opening partner John Campbell showed confidence in negotiating the final session of play to be 30 not out and 32 not out, respectively.
While the batting showed grit, it was the bowlers who came up big on a day that started well for the visitors.
When captain Brathwaite asked Bangladesh to take the first strike, they got off to a positive start following a 41-run opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy.
It took the introduction of debutant pacer Anderson Phillip to get the breakthrough for the hosts, and it took just his second ball in Test cricket to get the job done.
OUT FOR 10
A sharp swinging delivery from the Trinidadian knocked over Hasan Joy for 10 and that wicket inspired the other seamers who started to get their line and length right.
Tamim Iqbal stroked a few delightful boundaries to get to 46 but he then he got a sharp lifting delivery from Alzarri Joseph and was caught at point.
Najmul Hossain Shanto and Anamul Haque then held firm and progressed after lunch by adding 37 runs, but Phillips was in the mix once again when he trapped Haque in front for 23.
The very next over Kyle Mayers continued his good form with the ball, as he trapped Hossain Shanto in front for 26.
Wickets would, however, continue to fall with regularity before Liton Das ensured that the team at least got close to the 200 mark with a fighting 53 from 70 balls.
He hit eight glorious boundaries before he was the eighth wicket to fall with the score on 191.
Number nine batsman Ebadot Hossain and number ten batsman Shariful Islam provided some late order resistance. Hossain was left not out on 21 while Islam fell to Jayden Seales who finished with three for 53 and Joseph ended with three for 50.
Phillip ended with two for 30 while Mayers picked up two for 35.
BANGLADESH 1st Innings
Tamim Iqbal c Blackwood b Joseph 46
Mahmudul Hasan Joy b Phillip 10
Najmul Hossain lbw b Mayers 26
Anamul Haque lbw b Phillip 23
Litton Das c Brathwaite b Joseph 53
*Shakib Al Hasan b Seales 8
+Nurul Hasan c wk Da Silva b Joseph 7
Mehidy Hasan Miraz c sub b Mayers 9
Ebadot Hossain not out 21
Shoriful Islam c Blackwood b Seales 26
Khaled Ahmed c Bonner b Seales 1
Extras (lb3, nb1) 4
TOTAL (all out, 64.2 overs) 234
Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-68, 3-105, 4-105, 5-125, 6-138, 7-165, 8-191, 9-227, 10-234.
Bowling: Roach 15-3-57-0, Seales 14.2-4-53-3, Joseph 15-1-50-3 (nb1), Phillip 9-1-30-2, Reifer 3-1-6-0, Mayes 8-0-35-2.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
*K. Brathwaite not out 30
J. Campbell not out 32
Extras (lb5) 5
TOTAL (without loss, 16 overs) 67
To bat: R Reifer, N Bonner, J Blackwood, K Mayers, +J Da Silva, A Joseph, K Roach, J Seales, A Phillip.
Bowling: Shoriful Islam 6-3-19-0, Khaled Ahmed 3-0-17-0, Shakib-al-Uasan 2-0-9-0, Ebadot Hossain 4-1-8-0, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1-0-9-0.
Position: West Indies trail by 167 runs with all ten first innings wickets intact.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Joel Wilson, Richard Illingworth; TV – Gregory Brathwaite.