Bangladesh’s shambolic batting display continues as they lead by mere 133 runs against Windies after the end of Day 2 of first Test match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Friday. At the end of day’s play Bangladesh scored 55 for the loss of five wickets in their second innings.
Earlier, Windies were all out for 246 in their first innings as they couldn’t handle Bangladeshi spinners. Debutant spinner Nayeem Hassan rewrote record books.
He has not only become the youngest Bangladeshi bowler to bag five wickets in a Test innings but also reached new heights in his maiden Test by becoming the youngest bowler in Test cricket to take five wickets on debut. He was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers. Nayeem is also the eighth Bangladeshi bowler to have five-wicket haul in a Test match. However, Bangladesh surrendered their advantage to the Windies with their dismal batting performances in second innings. Imrul Kayes was the first batsman to go, Soumya couldn’t make amends of his first innings debacle and followed Imrul in the next over as Bangladesh’s score was 13/2 after 3 overs.
Centurion of first innings, Mominul Haque was playing good but he also fell to Chase by lbw. Skipper Shakib came in and faced just two deliveries before Warrican got him out, leaving Bangladesh at 35/4. Mithun and Mushfiq tried to end the day without any more fuss but Bishoo’s unplayable delivery bowled him out. Mushfiq and night-watchman Mehedy is now at the crease as Tigers will start Day 3 at 55/5 with hope of putting a challenging target for the Windies to chase.
In the morning, Bangladesh started the Day with overnight score of 315/8. However, batsman Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan could not prolong their innings. Bangladesh lost two wickets within a 28-ball on Friday morning to finish the first innings.
Tigers were all out for 324 runs. Tigers’ bowlers saw success at a spin-friendly pitch as they picked up wickets in quick succession. Taijul Islam made the first breakthrough for Bangladesh dismissing Kieran Powell by lbw at 29/1 before skipper Shakib Al Hasan grabbed the next two wickets.
Shakib bowled out Shai Hope at 30/2 and dismissed the visitors’ skipper Kraigg Brathwaite. He was caught by Soumya Sarkar leaving Windies score at 31/3.
Post launch, Windies wickets started to crumble down. For his career first Test wicket, Nayeem dismissed Chase, caught by Imrul Kayes and sliced off Ambris by lbw leaving Windies at 88/5.
Then Miraz came in and took the important wicket of Hetmyer, who was batting brilliantly at 63. After Hetmyer’s wicket Windies score was 180/6 at tea. Post tea, Bangladesh picked the remaining wickets to end Windies first innings at 246. Nayeem took the wickets of lower order batsmen Bishoo, Roach and Warrican to complete his five-wicket haul.