Bangladesh cricketer Taijul Islam (L) and Nayeem Hasan run between the wickets after Day 1 of the first Test match between Bangladesh and Windies at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Thursday. Photo: Masumul Islam

Talha Kamal
Bangladesh’s weakness in batting was once again visible in yesterday’s dismal batting display against Windies on Day 1 of first Test match at Chattogram. Zahur Ahmed Stadium’s pitch is well known for batting, so Tigers’ skipper Shakib didn’t hesitate to bat first after winning the toss. However, batsman’s failure to bat during Test match was exposed once again.
Tigers were eight wickets down with only 259 runs on the board. However, Taijul Islam and debutant youngster Nayeem Hasan stood their grounds to see Bangladesh cross the 300-run mark. Their 56-runs partnership for ninth-wicket stand helps Bangladesh to end the day in a respectable manner as Tigers post 315 runs on the board.

Taijul Islam was batting with more freedom and aggressiveness. So far, he played a mature innings than other established batsmen in the roster who failed yesterday. Taijul scored 32 runs of 57 deliveries, with three boundaries and one maximum. Meanwhile, youngster Nayeem played in a calm and steel manner.
With resilience, he played out dangerous speedster Gabriel’s deliveries, whose quick 4-wicket haul damaged Tigers batting lineup. Nayeem received blows in the body to save his wicket.

Their 56-run partnership shifted the momentum a bit. It will give Tigers an extra lift as without them, score board would have looked a whole lot different. Even the likes of Shakib, Mahmudullah, Musfiqur and Mahmudullah could not handle Gabriel’s delivery as he dismissed all of them. Nayeem scored 24 off 60 deliveries with two boundaries. Gabriel finished with four wickets for 69 and was the pick of the Windies bowlers. Mehedi Hasan Miraz tried to show his defensive abilities but failed as Jovel Warrican made him his prey. It was a flighted delivery that turned sharply and bowled him.

Meanwhile, Departure of Mominul initiated quite the familiar collapse of Bangladesh in Test batting; they lost next four wickets in quick succession. Shannon Gabriel returned to his third spell, blazed in pace, took 4 wickets sloughing the home team’s disaster.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz contributed 22 before Nayeem Hasan and Taijul Islam denied to part for the day. Both of them were unbeaten at stumps. Taijul surviving two leg before decisions through reviews and run out chance, scored 32 and his partner Nayeem will start the second day at 24.

Score in brief:
Bangladesh 1st innings 315/8 (88 overs) Mominul Haque 120, Imrul Kayes 44, Shakib Al Hasan 34 Shannon Gabriel 4/69, Jomel Warrican 2/62, Kemar Roach 1/55