Windies in charge ... Gabriel torments Bangladesh to lead WI assault
NORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC):
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite stroked his first hundred in nearly a year, while Shai Hope passed 50 for the first time in 13 innings, but it was speedster Shannon Gabriel's devastating four-wicket burst which rocked Bangladesh and put West Indies on course for a comprehensive win in the opening Test.
Playing on yesterday's second day of the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, West Indies piled up 406 all out in their first innings, with Brathwaite top-scoring with 121 - his seventh Test hundred but first since his 134 at Leeds last August.
Hope, without a half-century since scoring one last October on the tour of Zimbabwe, chipped in with 67, while captain Jason Holder (33) and tail-ender Kemar Roach (33) produced breezy knocks down the order to add to Bangladesh's pain.
Armed with a huge lead of 363, West Indies quickly demolished the tourists' top order, leaving the innings in shambles at 62 for six and in need of a miracle to avoid falling 1-0 behind in the two-Test series.
Bangladesh trail by 301 runs heading into today's third day with only four wickets intact.
Gabriel, fresh off a 20-wicket haul against Sri Lanka, was again at the heart of the Windies juggernaut, snatching four for 36, while Holder chipped in with two for 15.
Requiring a massive effort following their record-low 43 all out in the first innings, Bangladesh again found themselves hurt by the Windies quicks, as wickets tumbled spectacularly.
West Indies had earlier batted themselves into an impregnable position after resuming the day on 201 for two.
Starting the day on 88, Brathwaite raised triple figures inside the first hour when he cut pacer Kamrul Islam to third man for four, and was unbeaten on 121 at lunch with the Windies on 271 for three.
However, Brathwaite failed to add to his lunch time score , dismissed off the fourth ball following the resumption when he was taken low at cover off left-arm spinner Shakib (2-71), with West Indies adding a single run to their interval total.
All told, Brathwaite faced 291 deliveries in 61/2 hours at the crease and counted 11 fours.
The Windies then lost two further wickets cheaply to slide to 288 for six as overall, three wickets perished for 16 runs in quick time.
BANGLADESH 1st Innings 43
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 201 for two)
K Brathwaite c Mehidy Hasan b Shakib Al Hasan 121
D Smith c wkp Nurul Hasan b Abu Jayed 58
K Powell c Liton Das b Mahmudullah 48
D Bishoo b Kamrul Islman 19
S Hope c Tamim Iqbal b Abu Jayed 67
R Chase lbw b Mehidy Hasan 2
+S Dowrich c Liton Das b Shakib Al Hasan 4
*J Holder c Liton Das b Mehidy Hasan 33
K Roach lbw b Mehidy Hasan 33
M Cummins not out 1
S Gabriel c Shakib Al Hasan b Abu Jayed 5
Extras (b3, lb8, w3, nb1) 15
TOTAL (all out, 137.3 overs) 406
Fall of wickets: 1-113, 2-194, 3-246, 4-272, 5-281, 6-288, 7-338, 8-394, 9-400, 10-406.
Bowling: Abu Jayed 26.3-7-84-3, Rubel Hossain 17-3-44-0, Kamrul Islam 20-3-69-1, Shakib-al-Hasan 27-2-71-2, Mehidy Hasan 34-6-101-3, Mahmudullah 11-1-18-1, Mominul Haque 2-0-8-0.
BANGLADESH 2nd Innings
Tamim Iqbal c Hope b Gabriel 13
Liton Das c Brathwaite b Holder 2
Mominul Haque b Gabriel 0
Mushfiqur Rahim b Gabriel 8
*Shakib Al Hasan c Holder b Gabriel 12
Mahmudullah not out 15
Mehidy Hasan c wkp Dowrich b Holder 2
+Nurul Hasan not out 7
Extras (b1, w1, nb1) 3
TOTAL (6 wkts, 18 overs) 62
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-14, 3-16, 4-36, 5-43, 6-50.
Bowling: Holder 9-1-15-2, Gabriel 7-2-36-4, Cummins 2-0-10-0.
Position: Bangladesh trail by 301 runs with four wickets remaining.