Spinners put Bangladesh on top

23 Nov,2018


Bangladeshi spinners continued their dominance over West Indies in the first Test despite Shimron Hetmyer struck a quick-fire 63 off 47 balls on the second day in Chattogram on Friday.

West Indies reached 187-6 at tea break as after Sakib al Hasan and debutant Nayeem Hasan claimed two wickets each while Taijul Islam and Mehedi Hasan took one apiece.

Shane Dowrich and Devendra Bishoo remained unbeaten on 35 and two respectively at tea break.

Nayeem put Bangladesh on the driving seat after he dismissed Roston Chase (31) and Sunil Ambris (19) in a quick succession to reduce the visitors to 88-5.

Hetmyer launched his counter-attack hitting Taijul two sixes off successive deliveries before completing his fifty off 42 balls.

Hetmyer, who hit five fours and four sixes, shared a crucial 92-run stand with Dowrich to rescue their side before he was dismissed by Mehedi.

Earlier, Sakib made a dream comeback on his return to international cricket as he bowled Shai Hope (one) with a magical delivery in his first ball of the innings while he dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite (13) in the last ball of the same over.

He was quite unlucky as well as Mushfiqur Rahim missed an easy opportunity at back in the third ball of the same over, giving Sunil Ambris another life.

Taijul provided Bangladesh the first breakthrough in the innings when he trapped Kieran Powell (14) in front after the openers put up a 29-run stand.

Sakib also could have dismissed Ambris on four if Mustafiz had not grassed a catch at square leg off his bowling when the batsman was on four.

Earlier, Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican took the remaining two Bangladeshi wickets early on the second day as the hosts were bowled out for 324 runs in their first innings.

Warrican dismissed overnight batsman Nayeem Hasan for 26 before he trapped Mustafizur Rahman in front for naught three balls later to bowl out the Tigers within the fifth over of second day’s play.

Taijul remained unbeaten on 39 as Warrican finished with 4-62, his best bowling figure in Test cricket.

Bangladesh reached 315-8 on the first day thanks to Mominul Haque who struck 120 off 167 balls while Imrul Kayes and Sakib made 44 and 34 respectively.

Pacer Shannon Gabriel made the most of the damage in Bangladesh innings with 4-70.

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