West Indies (BBN)-Kemar Roach thrilled on his way to a five-wicket haul, leaving the Bangladesh batsmen dazed and confused.
His 12-over spell after the tea interval gave West Indies full command at the end of the second day, with the visitors left lurching at 104 for seven, reports ESPN.
They are now 276 runs behind West Indies’ 380 all out from earlier in the day. The three-man pace attack was what Denesh Ramdin used for all but two overs till stumps.
Roach removed Shamsur Rahman in the sixth over and after tea, and accounted for Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Nasir Hossain and Taijul Islam to complete his sixth five-for and his first of the year.
His deliveries would invariably be on a good length or further up, tempting the batsmen to either play the ball or leave with some confusion.
Roach was lucky to get the wicket of Shamsur, who tickled a legside delivery, neatly caught by Ramdin diving to his left. Anamul couldn’t make up his mind whether to leave or play the ball.
He suffered that torment for just over an hour until his attempted leave took the bat’s face and ended up in Darren Bravo’s hands at first slip.
Tamim, having made 48 off 75 balls, was constantly being dragged away from the stumps even when he was leaving the ball. After several close shaves, Tamim went sideways, edging the ball far from his body.
Nasir Hossain’s prod was more out of speculation but he hardly wasted time in the middle.
Taijul was set up with relentless short balls, two hitting him in the gloves, and then he timed one right into third-man’s lap. Roach’s five-for was complete
Apart from Roach’s five, Jerome Taylor took two wickets while Shannon Gabriel went wicketless, but the plan to attack Bangladesh was a three-man strategy.
Gabriel was the quickest of the lot, regularly hitting 90mph and he attacked the stumps mostly but he also beat the bat a number of times.
He had stung Tamim on the front boot with a yorker just before tea and the batsman only survived the review because Hawkeye suggested the ball had pitched inches outside the leg stump.
Taylor bowled more at the body, reintroducing the Bangladesh batsmen to their old fear: the short ball. His delivery to Mominul Haque was virtually unplayable with the batsman completely unaware where the ball that hit him in the gloves had gone.
It was smartly caught by Jermaine Blackwood at short leg, and the spit that was created by the seam hitting the pitch just short of a good length made it the most dangerous delivery of the day.
Thirty-nine minutes later, Taylor moved the ball back into Bangladesh’s best batsman on the tour, Mushfiqur Rahim, and dislodged the off stump.
Earlier, the West Indies innings ended an hour into the second session, after Shivnarine Chanderpaul had held it together with an unbeaten 84.
He had made an unbeaten 85 in the first innings of the first Test, but here in St. Lucia the situation was more complicated.
When he joined Darren Bravo late on the first day, the fourth-wicket pair had to negotiate an invigorated Bangladesh bowling attack.
They guided West Indies to safety but Bravo didn’t last too long in today’s morning session, losing his patience after Robiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain had strung together seven parsimonious overs. In the first six overs of the day, West Indies scored only two runs, both being no-balls.
Bravo was drawn into following a Robiul outswinger, edging to the wicketkeeper for 46.
It triggered a collapse and three more wickets – those of Jermaine Blackwood, Ramdin and Roach – fell in the next 21 balls.
Al-Amin was on a hat-trick at one stage after he had made the ball straighten after pitching to find the edges of Blackwood, caught at first slip, and Ramdin, caught behind.
West Indies were 269 for 7, and Chanderpaul only had the tail for company. Help came from No 9 Jerome Taylor, who hammered 40 off 31 balls with five fours and two sixes.
The 41 minutes of mayhem threw Bangladesh off-kilter, evidenced by Mominul Haque dropping Taylor at cover, when he was on 18. And even after Taijul Islam broke the 54-run eighth wicket stand, Bangladesh’s wait wasn’t over.
Sulieman Benn made 25 and added 52 with Chanderpaul for the ninth wicket, before he was caught at fine leg off Al-Amin.
The innings ended soon after, when Robiul bowled Shannon Gabriel in the 124th over. Al-Amin finished with three wickets while Shafiul, Robiul and the expensive Taijul picked up two each.
The bowlers may have thought they did a good enough job by taking 7 for 134 in the first three hours but they will have to put in a gargantuan effort with the bat as well, to drag the Bangladesh innings past the follow-on mark, if they are to have another bowl at the home side.
Monday, May 27, 2019