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Batsmen let down Bangladesh after spin trap
Nayeem Hasan became the youngest ever player to claim five wickets in an innings but Bangladesh threw the advantage given by the teenager and his fellow spinners away by being collapsed in the second innings of their batting.
The Tigers, who got a sizable first innings lead of 78 runs, reached 55-5 at stumps on the second day to go ahead by 133 runs, which, unless doubled at the end of the inning, might come inadequate.
A total of 17 wickets fell to spinners on the second day, yet a counter-attacking fifty by Shimron Hetmyer in West Indies’ first innings indicated that the visitors got the firepower to overhaul any decent target irrespective of the
behaviour of wicket.
A lot of Bangladesh’s hope now hinged on Mushfiqur Rahim, the unbeaten overnight batsman with 11, who showed in the past that he has the ability to score a fifty or a little more even on a difficult surface.
Mushfiq has only Mehedi Hasan and Mahmudullah to accompany him in the second innings after West Indies cut the Bangladesh’s innings into half with few quick strikes late on the second day.
The visitors must be thankful to Jomel Warrican and Roston Chase to keep them still in the contest after the duo shared two wickets each before a late strike of Devendra Bishoo swung the game into balance.
Bangladesh had a chance to kill the contest in the game by batting sensibly in the second innings once spinners, led by Sakib and young Nayeem, took them to a commanding position.
But, apart from the first over bowled by Kemar Roach, when Soumya Sarkar struck two boundaries, they looked like losing a wicket in every odd delivery that not only tested the nerve of their fans, but also gave a nightmare to the umpire.
Countless number of decisions was challenged by both teams, which got often reversed in further indication of spin-heavy wicket – rarely seen during any other Test held in this ground.
It therefore, came as little surprise to see local boy Nayeem make an impressive debut by picking up 5-61 that, coupled with Sakib’s 3-43 in comeback innings which helped them bowl out West Indies for 246 runs.
Nayeem became the first teenager to achieve the feat on debut in seven years since Australia’s Pat Cummins claimed 6-79 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2011.
While Cummins got to his feat at the age of 18 years and 193 days, Nayeem overtook him easily by starting the game at the age of 17 years and 355 days.
No other bowler could do it in such a young age, a world record that can be only compared with only Mohammad Ashraful’s century in Colombo as youngest debutant in 2001.
When Ashraful was merely happy with his record, Nayeem has the pressure to repeat the glory in the second innings to push for a victory that is always expected from Bangladesh in this series.
Nayeem was also centre of action when Bangladesh resumed with 315-8, but they could add just nine runs to the overnight score before being dismissed within five overs of the morning.
West Indies started their innings confidently putting 29-run in the opening stand but Bangladesh took the control of the innings once Taijul Islam earned them the first breakthrough.
Sakib’s first ball was a gem of a delivery that drew Shai Hope forward before it beat him with the spin to whip off the bail. Another wicket fell in the same over to leave West Indies 31-3 in a flash.
The visitors turned 88-5 after Nayeem’s strike in successive overs before Hetmyer finally showed that they had some batting in them capable of handling quality spin.
Hetmyer hit Taijul for two sixes off successive balls and raced to his third Test fifty off 42 balls to put the pressure back on Bangladesh.
Once Mehedi ended his 47-ball innings of 63, which also broke his 92-run stand with Shane Dowrich, Bangladesh were all over the game. Dowrich deserved some plaudits for his unbeaten 63 that cut West Indies’ some deficit, denying Bangladesh greater control.