Bangladesh’s vulnerability to fast bowling was once again apparent on Thursday, as the Test side crumbled to new lows.
Bangladesh’s established vulnerability to fast bowling was once again apparent on Thursday, with the visitors crashing to 103 all-out in less than 33 overs after being deployed against the West Indies on the opening day of the first Test in Antigua.
Their woes compounded after a six-duck inning – only the seventh in Test cricket’s 145-year history – Kraigg Brathwaite was dropped before scoring, with the West Indian captain unbeaten at 42 as they approach the end of the game. on 95/2 as an answer.
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Bangladesh also had six ducks in the first innings of their previous Test game against Sri Lanka, becoming the first Test side to achieve the unwanted feat in consecutive games, bringing their annual duck tally to 30.
Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph were the most successful West Indian bowlers with identical numbers of 33/3, but it was double strikes from Kemar Roach and Kyle Mayers that drew the early spotlight to rock Bangladesh at 45/6 in the morning.
Returning captain Shakib Al Hasan then played an adventurous innings of 51 to ensure his team avoided a debacle similar to when they were knocked out for 43 at the same venue at the start of the 2018 series.
With Brathwaite not hesitating to bowl first, Roach was immediately one of the wickets.
It wasn’t until the day before that he was fit and the senior seamer struck with the second ball of the game when Mahmudul Hasan carelessly pushed on a wide throw for Nkrumah Bonner to take the dive catch on the third slip.
Roach then tossed Najmul Hossain between bat and toad in his next to increase the burden on Tamim Iqbal’s shoulders.
“I thought all the bowlers were adapting well to the conditions because it’s not an easy pitch to bowl on,” Roach said.
“We saw the field yesterday and knew it would be a little soft. It’s always best to bowl first here in Antigua.
“It’s also a difficult field to store and it’s clear that Kraigg has led the way, so hopefully on the second day we can build a good lead.”
Fresh off a century in the lone warm-up match against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI, Tamim was up for the challenge and went past 5000 runs in Test cricket, joining the absent Mushfiqur Rahim as the only Bangladeshi to reach the milestone .
Losing Monimul Haque to Seales, however, Jermaine Blackwood seized the opportunity on the second slip, before falling for 29 himself when a loose leg-side flick on Joseph wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva gave an uncomplicated catch.
Mayers, the West Indies bowler in the 10-wicket series win over England two months earlier, then picked up where he left off in Grenada with two wickets in his opening left.
An indecisive Liton Das prodded forward to give da Silva a simple catch and two balls later, substitute wicketkeeper batsman Nurul Hasan dropped his leg before offering a shot to a big inswinger to become the fourth better player not to score.
Shakib, whose future in Test cricket has been in doubt for most of the past 12 months, lived dangerously playing some elaborate shots.
He was lucky enough to escape when Seales could only get his fingertips to the ball which ran back from the midway point as the Bangladesh captain did on Roach.
He took full advantage of the delay, hitting six fours and a six to reach a 28th half-century in Test cricket before taking ninth off another big hit from Joseph for Roach to take the long-term catch.
Joseph then sent last man Khaled Ahmed to end the innings 40 minutes after lunch and claim his best test marks.
The West Indies survived an early alarm in their response when Mominul missed a sharp catch on a leg slip brought by Brathwaite to Mustafizur Rahman.
Bangladesh had to mourn that miss with the opener plodding through 149 deliveries in the kind of innings that have become its trademark.
He lost to John Campbell after an opening score of 44 when the southpaw, who was almost as pedestrian as his captain, passed on to Mustafizur.
Raymon Reifer, who batted at number three in his second Test four and a half years after his first, fell to a wicketkeeper’s catch via an excellent delivery from Ebadot Hossain.
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