Last fall in batting, Bangladesh under pressure

:: Peoples Time Online ::

Debutant Nayeem Hasan’s record-breaking five-wicket haul headlined Bangladesh’s dominance over the West Indies. The visitors were bowled out for 246, giving the home side a lead of 78 runs. The 17-year-old Nayeem beat Pat Cummins to become the youngest Test debutant to take a five-wicket haul, and the fourth youngest of all time to take a five-for.

West Indies briefly threatened Bangladesh when Shimron Hetmyer counter attacked his way to 63 off 47 balls, with five fours and four sixes. He added 92 for the sixth wicket with Shane Dowrich, who remained unbeaten after a fighting 63. He struck two fours and three sixes during his 101-ball stay. The innings ended when Shakib Al Hasan had Shannon Gabriel caught at slip, as he moved to within one wicket of becoming the first Bangladeshi with 200 Test wickets.

Nayeem took three wickets following the tea break, removing Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach and Jomel Warrican, to add to his two wickets in the middle session. He is now the eighth Bangladesh player to take a five-wicket haul.

Spin had to be the order of the day on a pitch that has already been spinning since the first afternoon. After Bangladesh added just nine runs in 4.4 overs in the morning, West Indies made a nervous start to their innings. Opener Kieran Powell survived an lbw decision and a close stumping chance before being dropped by Mushfiqur off the last ball, although the outside edge was detected much later. Taijul finally put him out of his misery in the 11th over, when he was given lbw after missing a sweep shot on the stumps.

Shakib then got into the act with the wickets of Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite, the most important batsmen in the West Indies line-up. Hope missed a delivery that pitched outside leg-stump but spun back to hit the leg-stump, while Brathwaite edged to first slip where Soumya Sarkar took an easy catch. In between, Mushfiqur dropped Sunil Ambris’ outside edge.

Ambris started the post-lunch session with a big swish at Taijul that met air. The shot was enough suggestion of how the session would go. He survived a lbw decision before Bangladesh themselves had to take the unusual review for a leg-umpire decision. Mushfiqur had fumbled the initial chance to stump Ambris off Nayeem, but the debutant finally got his maiden Test wicket in the next over.

Roston Chase was taken by Imrul Kayes at short leg, before Ambris fell to Nayeem’s following over, playing back to a delivery that ripped back into his pads from outside off-stump.

But from 88 for 5, Bangladesh were dealt with the counter-attacking sixth wicket stand. It was mostly Hetmyer who hit back, starting with a pull over mid-on off Nayeem, and two sixes off successive balls off Taijul, both on the leg-side. His third six came off Nayeem over long-off, after he had struck him for a four through point.

Hetmyer reached his fifty off 42 balls before blasting Shakib over mid-on twice in the same over, the first going for four and the next for a six.

Peoples Time/AJ

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