Windies had another fruitful day in the office to take command of the second Test against Bangladesh in Jamaica after their seamers dismantled the visitors for just 149 in their first innings. Despite losing their grip after adding just 59 runs for the final six wickets on the second morning, Windies came back strongly on the back of an impressive bowling performance to finish the day with a lead of 224 with nine wickets still in hand.
Having lost already four wickets by Tea, Bangladesh were hopeful of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim rescuing them with a vital stand. While the duo did resist for a while, debutant Keemo Paul produced a peach to end Tamim’s dogged resistance. He bowled one that came in with the angle and straightened after pitching to crash into the stumps. Buoyed by his maiden wicket, Paul struck again off the very next delivery as this one came back in a touch to rap Nurul Hasan on the pads. Surprisingly, the batsman didn’t take the review which would have saved him.
Losing two wickets in the same over appeared to the trend for Bangladesh on the day. Having already experienced the fate thrice, they nearly lost two in the same over again, only for Jason Holder to overstep. Mushfiqur Rahim played a tame shot to hit one to gully and off the very next ball, Taijul Islam got bowled only to receive a lucky reprieve. The no-ball issues continued to plague the Windies seam attack throughout the innings but they didn’t have to wait too long to polish off the Bangladesh innings.
Miguel Cummins got rid of Mehidy Hasan leg-before-wicket before Holder cleaned up the tail to finish with a five-wicket haul. It was a top effort by the Windies skipper who was also in some discomfort during the innings. With Shannon Gabriel also not completely fit, the Windies decided against enforcing the follow-on despite the 205-run cushion. With the wicket also aiding turn for the Bangladesh spinners, the move made total sense.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith were calm once again in the second innings before skipper Shakib Al Hasan provided his side a morale-boosting breakthrough with an arm ball that skidded on to breach Kraigg Brathwaite’s defence. But having already conceded a substantial lead, the visitors will have to come up with a monumental effort to stay alive in the series.
Brief scores: Windies 354 & 19/1 (Shakib Al Hasan 1-0) lead Bangladesh 149 (Tamim Iqbal 47; Jason Holer 5-44) by 224 runs.
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