Hope fifty helps Windies extend domination

In a session that could have gone Bangladesh’s way, was seized by Shai Hope, courtesy his two crucial partnerships with Jason Holder and Kemar Roach for the seventh and eighth wicket respectively, to help Windies further strengthen their position and go to Tea on 375 for 7.

Even as they conceded 104 runs in the post Lunch session, it was by far the most successful period of play for the visitors. They began the period with three quick wickets, including centurion Kraigg Brathwaite, who fell in the first over after Lunch driving a flighted delivery from Shakib Al Hasan to short cover.

Bangladesh further dented Windies’ innings, by removing Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich in quick succession, and reducing them from 272 for 3 to 288 for 6. With the old ball not providing ample help to the pacers, it was left to the spinners to do the damage. Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Mahmuduallah and Mominul Haque – all rolled their arms over, but it was only the former two who were successful to strike. They bagged two wickets each.

But just when it seemed that Bangladesh could pull some initiative back, Hope stitched a half-century stand with skipper Jason Holder, and revived Windies’ innings. Bangladesh’s miseries on the field continued, and Holder became another beneficiary of their poor catching skills. In the 117th over, he went down the track and offered Mehidy a return catch, only for the bowler to drop it. However, unlike the other batsmen, he failed to make use of that and fell of the very next delivery when he offered Liton Das a catch at silly point to hand the offspinner his 50th Test wicket.

But yet again, a wicket did break the flow but didn’t offer Windies a window into a larger collapse. Kemar Roach played an attacking innings, throwing some entertainment into an otherwise slow innings. With four boundaries and a six, he raced to a 32-ball 25 while Hope remained unbeaten on 50 – his fourth Test half-century. The duo added 37 quick runs before Tea.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 43 (Liton Das 25; Kemar Roach 5-8, Miguel Cummins 3-11) trail Windies 375/7 (Kraigg Brathwaite 121, Devon Smith 58; Shakib Al Hasan 2-71, Mehidy Hasan 2-89) by 332 runs

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