Bangladesh’s lower order offered some resistance, but that didn’t stop Windies from registering a mammoth innings and 219 run win – their biggest at home – on Day 3 of the first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday (July 6).
Resuming at 62 for 6, Bangladesh lost the first wicket of the third morning in no time with Mahmudullah getting caught at third slip off Jason Holder for 15, poking at a short ball outside off. Nurul Hasan, however, saved some pride for the visitors with an entertaining fifty.
Most of the other Bangladesh batsmen had already been sent packing late on Day 2, courtesy of a fiery spell by Shannon Gabriel. After Windies posted a massive 406 in response to Bangladesh’s first innings 43 – a record low for them – the visitors again lost their way with the bat late on the second day, with their batsmen clueless against a fiery Gabriel.
After Mahmudullah fell off the first legal delivery on the day, Nurul, the wicketkeeper, adopted an aggressive approach, scoring 64 off 74 balls, including six fours and two sixes, few of which went off the edge initially. But after surviving the early period he played a bunch of confident shots to save Bangladesh the ignominy of getting bowled for less than 100 for the second time.
The ball continued to hoop around for the quicks and even Holder was able to extract a bit of extra bounce. But through a combination of watchfulness and good fortune, Nurul and Kamrul Islam were able to bat out 45 balls for 25 runs together.
Gabriel, growing increasingly impatient to get to his five-wicket haul, bowled a few wicked short balls, and one such bouncer got Islam on the helmet. He followed that up with another bouncer before completing the kill with a fuller ball that sent an unsettled Islam’s middle stump cartwheeling, ending his 28-ball stay for seven runs.
Nurul continued on his merry way, playing some confident pull shots off the shorter balls that came his way and even powering a fuller one off Gabriel over his head, bringing up his half century off just 36 balls. He received support from Robel Hossain as the duo put up a gritty 55-run stand.
Holder and Gabriel were taken out of the attack after lengthy spells and with Kemar Roach – who destroyed Bangladesh in the first innings – out of the field with injury, Devendra Bishoo was brought on for the first time. He was welcomed with a six by Nurul over deep mid-wicket.
He finally toe-ended a pull shot which Miguel Cummins caught well in his follow through towards the scheduled close of the first session. In his following over, Cummins knocked over Rubel Hossain for 16.
The second Test is from July 12 in Jamaica.