West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach celebrates the dismissal of Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh during day 1 of the 1st Test between West Indies and Bangladesh at Antigua, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Fast bowler Kemar Roach’s blistering five-wicket haul dismissed Bangladesh for 43 – their lowest total in Test cricket – and helped West Indies tighten their grip on the Antigua Test. The hosts went to stumps at day 1, 201 for 2, with a lead of 158.
A searing string of 12 balls was all Kemar Roach required to make a light work of the Bangladesh batting line-up in North Sound. He picked up five wickets, the opposition crumbled to 43 all out, and all this happened while the fast bowler was battling hamstring trouble.
If his maiden over up front was a cue to what was to follow, his fifth gave a glimpse of what the visitors will have to deal with in the coming days. Roach knocked over Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan, allowing none of them to score any runs and sent Bangladesh on their way to the lowest total in the last 44 years of Test cricket.
“Obviously it felt good. It came pretty rapid,” Roach said, describing his eighth five-wicket haul. “It was a bit surprising. Obviously to go out there and perform for West Indies is the main goal. To do that today and put West Indies in a good position – I’m happy with that.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work with my bowling coach Corey Collymore. I think he’s done a great job with me when he came on board. My rhythm today was fantastic; the ball came out just the way I wanted to. Yeah, got five wickets in a quick span of time; I’m happy with that.”
While the bounce at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium, where West Indies have played only five Tests before Wednesday, aided his raw his pace, it was Roach’s deft use of angles that made him so threatening. He went round the wicket against Bangladesh’s left-handers to make sure they couldn’t leave too many deliveries – Tamim Iqbal and Shakib fell to balls that came in and went away off the seam – and attacked right-handers from wide of the crease – Mahmudullah was caught behind off an outswinger that pitched on middle, trapped him in the crease and snatched the outside edge.