Windies in control against Bangladesh
The West Indies moved a step closer to recording a victory against Bangladesh in the second Test at Sabina Park with a superb bowling display on day two.
Spearheaded by a haul of five for 44 from captain and fast bowler, Jason Holder, the regional men bowled out Bangladesh for a mere 149 to establish at 205 runs first innings lead after being dismissed for 359 earlier in the day. The regional side closed on 19 for one for an overall lead of 224 runs when stumps were drawn.
Starting the day in a strong position at 295 for four, the West Indies disappointed somewhat in the opening session with the last six wickets falling within the period for 59 runs.
Returning young batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who was not out 84 overnight, was the first wicket to fall for the addition of only two runs to his total, failing in the process to record what would have been his maiden hundred.
His overnight partner Roston Chase, who resumed on 16, was next to depart when five runs later for 20 he was adjudged leg before wicket off the bowling young and impressive pacer Abu Jayed.
This took the score to 302 for six. However, needing a good lower resistance to try and bat only once in the match, the West Indies failed to conjure meaningful partnerships, and were bowled out half-an-hour before lunch. Holder with an unbeaten 33 was the only batter to offer resistance.
Off-spin all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz, playing in his 13th Test, as was the case on day one, was pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with five for 93.
Jayed, bowling with pace and control, picked up three for 38 and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, two for 88.
Bangladesh, in their response, at lunch, were 10 without loss, however, following the resumption lost wickets at regular intervals to give the regional side the ascendancy.
They lost their first two wickets, thanks to the searing pace of Shannon Gabriel, with only 20 runs on the board, and had to depend on 59 runs third wicket stand between their two most experienced batsmen, opener Tamin Iqbal and captain Shakib Al Hasan, to stabilise things.
However, as soon as Al Hasan was bowled by Holder for 32 with the score on 79 and Mahmudullah was trapped leg before wicket for a zero, also by Holder, off the second ball he faced, things returned in the West Indies favour.
The towering Gabriel and 20-year-old Keemo Paul, playing in his maiden game, best supported Holder with two for 19 and two for 25, respectively.
Experienced opener Devon Smith and Paul, who was promoted to nightwatchman will resume the batting today for the West Indies.