The frailties in Bangladesh’s batting were once again exposed by the Windies quicks as they worked themselves into a dominant position on the second day of the second and final Test in Kingston on Friday (July 13).
On a day when 17 wickets fell, the Windies themselves earlier suffered a lower order collapse sinking from the overnight 295 for 4 to 354 all out, Mehedi Hasan adding two scalps to his tally to finish with 5 for 93. Jason Holder, the Windies captain, then led the bowling from the front, taking five wickets to bundle Bangladesh out for 149. Windies then reached stumps at 19 for 1 with a handsome lead of 224 even though Shakib Al Hasan struck an early blow in the form of Kraigg Brathwaite, whose first-innings hundred laid the foundation for Windies’s dominance.
Wickets came quick and fast for the Windies captain on a pitch that aided movement off the surface and had a hint of uneven bounce. Apart from him, Keemo Paul and Shannon Gabriel also chipped in with two apiece as Bangladesh conceded a massive 205-run first innings lead.
Holder’s contribution on the day wasn’t just limited to the ball, earlier he had played a fine unbeaten 33 to take Windies past 350 from 319 for 9. Abu Jayed, the Bangladesh quick, also found support from the surface as he sent back Shimron Hetmyer and Roston Chase, the overnight batsmen, back in no time.
Hetmyer added only two runs to his overnight 84 before fishing for that nipped away from a shortish length. Chase, resuming on 16, was out for 20 a couple of overs later, Jayed getting one to seam into him for a successful leg before wicket appeal. Taijul Islam and Mehedi then scythed through the lower order, but Holder’s 42-ball cameo, comprising of two massive sixes over long on – both off Taijul Islam – and two fours propped Windies up, Shannon Gabriel playing the supporting role with 12 off 19 balls before being bowled by Jayed, who finished with 3 for 38.
Bangladesh, who were bowled out for their record lowest 46 in the previous game, still seemed ill-equipped to handle the bounce and seam of the Windies quicks. Liton Das had a torrid time at the crease before finally falling lbw to Shannon Gabriel for 12, although a review would have saved him as the ball was seen to be heading down leg. Mominul Haque was removed only two balls later. It could have been 20 for 3 when Tamim Iqbal was ruled out to a strong lbw appeal from Miguel Cummins, but a review showed it to be pitching just outside leg.
Shakib Al Hasan and Iqbal, the two experienced Bangladesh batsmen, gave reason to hope for their fans with a 59-run stand, but it was carnage after Holder had Shakib chop on an attempted cut shot to get dismissed for 32. Mahmudullah was trapped in front only two balls later.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim again threatened to steady things, when the latter was bowled for 47 – the top-score of the innings – with a peach from Keemo Paul, the debutant. In keeping with the trend of the innings, Paul also made it a double-wicket over, trapping Nurul Hasan for a golden duck, although replays showed that the batsman could have saved himself with a review since he was struck outside line of off.
Mushfiqur steered a shortish ball from Holder straight into the hands of gully, and the tall fast bowler then had little trouble cleaning up the tail, with Taijul’s 18 offering sole resistance.
Brathwaite, who had crafted a fantastic 110 on the first day, fell for eight in the last over of the day to Shakib. Devon Smith remained unbeaten on eight while Paul played out the last five deliveries of Shakib’s successful over.