Windies took control of the second Test against Bangladesh after plucking out three crucial wickets before the Tea break on day 3. Chasing 335 for victory, Bangladesh were left reeling at 52/3, needing another 283 runs to win the Test. Bangladesh did a terrific job with the ball earlier to skittle out the hosts for just 129 but with the issues persisting in the batting department, a 2-0 loss appears to be the likelier result.
Having already picked up five wickets in the opening session, Bangladesh were keen on wrapping up the Windies innings as soon as possible post lunch and it took them just 20 balls to strike. Mehidy Hasan breached Roston Chase’s defence at a crucial time of the innings with the right-hander looking assured out in the middle. Two overs later, another batsman fell while anticipating turn as Jason Holder got stumped to give Mehidy his second wicket. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan then knocked over the tail to finish with figures of 6 for 33 – the best by a Bangladeshi in an overseas Test.
Even though they did a neat job with the ball to keep the target to 335, the task was always going to be tougher for the visitors considering they had made only 336 runs in the entire series up until at that point. Tamim Iqbal, who was their best batsman in the first innings, then fell leg-before-wicket to Holder and took a review with him to make matters worse.
Litton Das showed positive intent by scoring four boundaries off a solitary Holder over but a tame shot led to his dismissal for a 33-ball 33. Holder’s decision to then bring on Chase for one over before Tea paid dividends with the offspinner trapping Mominul Haque off the penultimate ball of the session, forcing Bangladesh to depend completely on the experienced trio of Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah for an unlikely win.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 149 & 52/3 (Liton Das 33; Roston Chase 1-4) need another 283 runs vs Windies 354 & 129
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