BANGLADESH’S TOUR OF WINDIES, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Abu Jayed picked up early wickets on Day 2. © AFP
Bangladesh staged a remarkable comeback in the second Test in Jamaica by dominating the entire morning session as Windies were shot out for 354 in their first innings. Having posted 295 on the board for the loss of just four wickets at stumps on the first day, the hosts lost their way with Bangladesh making regular breakthroughs.
Abu Jayed, who was taken off after bowling a solitary over with the new ball on the morning of the opening day, was given more backing this time around by Shakib Al Hasan and the youngster repaid the faith. Shimron Hetmyer, who was instrumental in upping the ante for the Windies in the final session on the first day, was the first to go as he edged a short delivery to the keeper while trying to leave it at the last minute. Three overs later, he struck again and this time, it was the other overnight batsman Roston Chase who had to make the long way back to the pavilion.
Chase was rapped on the pads by a delivery that came in after pitching on a good length. With the ball hitting him quite high, the batsman went for the review, only for the replays to confirm his departure. The two wickets had also applied the brakes on the scoring rate and it resulted in one more wicket. Taijul Islam got one to turn after pitching and Shane Dowrich could only managed a leading edge that was pouched at short cover by Mehidy Hasan.
Already on the backfoot losing three wickets for the addition of just 22 runs in the morning, Windies suffered a double blow in the following over when Mehidy got into the act with wickets off successive deliveries that helped him fetch a five-wicket haul. With just a solitary wicket remaining, Jason Holder opted to chance his arm and that resulted in two sixes off Taijul in the very next over.
A few more boundaries followed that helped the total go past the 350-run mark before Jayed completed the formalities with Shannon Gabriel’s wicket. Bangladesh batted out a tricky two-over period, scoring ten of them but it will be interesting to see what the Windies attack can extract on this surface post lunch considering they went in with a contrasting bowling attack.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 10/0 (Liton Das 8*) trail Windies 354 (Kraigg Brathwaite 110, Shimron Hetmyer 86; Mehidy Hasan 5-93, Abu Jayed 3-38) by 344 runs.