Bangladesh are staring on the prospect of defeat inside three days after closing day two of the primary Take a look at on Friday at 50 for 2 of their second innings, needing 112 extra runs to make the West Indies bat once more. West Indies have been finally dismissed of their first innings for 265 after tea, having began the morning at 95 for 2.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite anchored his aspect’s effort with a usually painstaking 400-minute knock of 94, supported by 63 from Jermaine Blackwood, the vice-captain taking a web page from his chief’s operational handbook because the contribution was the slowest of his 16 Take a look at half-centuries.
For the Bangladeshis, pressured onto the again foot after being routed for 103 simply after lunch on day one, Brathwaite’s dismissal triggered their brightest interval of play with the house aspect shedding their final seven wickets for 68 runs.
Whereas it was seamer Khaled Ahmed who initiated the slide by consigning the house skipper to his fifth ninety in Take a look at cricket, Mehidy Hasan then stole the present in claiming 4 of the final six wickets to fall both aspect of the tea interval.
He additionally took a pointy catch at quick extra-cover as Blackwood turned the ninth wicket to fall in pursuit of fast runs.
Nonetheless Mehidy’s private delight, and his workforce’s cautious satisfaction at limiting the West Indies first innings benefit to a nonetheless appreciable 165 runs, rapidly dissipated when senior opener Tamim Iqbal and Mehidy himself fell to Alzarri Joseph.
That left Mahmudul Hasan and Najmul Hossain to hold the struggle into the third morning.
Regardless of his glorious century towards the identical opponents in Chattogram 17 months earlier, the truth that the Bangladesh ‘think-tank’ felt it applicable to ship in Mehidy with greater than half an hour’s play out there appeared a telling revelation on their very own confidence, or lack thereof, within the resilience of the established middle-order batsman.
Not surprisingly, provided that the pitch continues to supply some encouraging bounce and seam motion to the quicker bowlers, Mehidy did not final lengthy, essaying his favorite forcing again foot shot however solely succeeding in providing an easy catch to Kyle Mayers at first slip.
Joseph had eliminated Tamim in his earlier over, the skilled left-hander drawn to comply with a supply angled throughout him for wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva to take the catch diving in entrance of first slip.
Bangladesh’s precarious place was not for a need of effort from their bowlers.
With higher help within the discipline and extra considered use of the out there tv know-how, they might have considerably restricted West Indies’ first innings lead.
Each Nkrumah Bonner, who resumed as Brathwaite’s in a single day accomplice, and Blackwood have been reprieved by on-field not out choices when replays confirmed they might have been dominated out if captain Shakib Al Hasan had opted to problem each choices.
Bonner, who contributed 33 in a 62-run third-wicket partnership with Brathwaite, additionally edged Khaled at catchable peak previous a stationary Najmul Hossain at first slip earlier than finally ended his resistance by bowling him off the inside-edge within the guests’ solely success of the morning.
The often attacking Blackwood was much more pedestrian than his captain initially of his innings with solely three scoring pictures off his first 43 deliveries as much as the lunch interval.
None of this appeared to hassle the pair as they continued to plod alongside within the afternoon till Khaled, working with the second new ball, bought a supply to jag again into Brathwaite and lure him so palpably lbw that not even the tantalising prospect of an eleventh Take a look at century simply six runs away might immediate him into going for a assessment.
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