Craig Brathwaite and John Campbell consolidated a dominant position for West Indies to reach 67 for no loss at stumps after bowling out Bangladesh for 234 on the first day of the second and final Test in St Lucia on Friday.
On a day that started well for the home captain when he won the toss to give his bowlers the first use of the pitch, ending with Brathwaite’s 30 not out and Campbell’s 32 not out, the pair are setting the stage for the second day. When they look to take a step closer to a 2-0 series sweep of their opponents.
Alzarri Joseph and Jaden Seals took three wickets each in West Indies’ bowling effort, while debutants Anderson Phillip, who took his first wicket of the match off his second ball in Test cricket, and the versatile Kyle Meyers claimed two each.
This not only strengthened their captain’s decision on the toss, but also the selectors’ choice in picking an extra seamer in Philip on his first Test debut and spinner Gudakesh Moti.
Given their reputation of vulnerability in these conditions against a solid fast bowling attack, the visitors were indebted to middle-order batsmen Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal’s counter-attack 53 runs of 46.
It looked very unlucky for Bangladesh at the start of the game when, with just the third delivery of the match, Kemar Roach forced Tamim to stop a fast lifter, recalling the experience he had suffered the West Indies a year earlier. Recalls when he was battered, injured and humiliated by South African fast bowlers in back-to-back Tests at the venue.
This time the shoe was on the other foot, even though Roach, standing on 249 Test wickets, was eager to fill the breach left by the lucky senior seamer with assisting bowlers during the first innings.
Tamim gave a strong start to Bangladesh
Tamim and opening partner Mahmudul Hasan Joy displayed more determination than many expected in the opening stand of 41 and it took Philippe just before the end of the first hour of play to seal the breakthrough.
With a full-length delivery, the fast-medium bowler broke Hasan Joy’s defense to push West Indies forward.
Coming up with a rare loose ball, Tamim continued to bat tenaciously, mixing solid defense with unrestrained aggression.
However, the left-hander’s own haste proved Joseph undone in the form of a loose drive, as Jermaine Blackwood took a comfortable catch at cover-point with the lunch interval.
Four wickets in the afternoon session put Bangladesh on the back foot, although Liton’s experience and occasional aggression ensured that his team was not completely down.
He reached his half-century in the final session, but lost to Mehdi Hasan Miraj in an excellent diving catch from Devon Thomas at Meyers’ backward-point, the substitute fielder setting the standard for a good day in the field for the West Indies.
It was not a good final session for the bowlers, though he lost his cool with Shoreful Islam, one of two changes to the Bangladesh line-up from the first Test, and Abadot Hossain powerful and often swinging at anything within reach. Was doing.
Their combined efforts ensured that 43 runs were added for the last two wickets to give himself and the other bowlers something to work on.
But the inadequacy of that total was put into perspective by the ease of the unbroken stand between Brathwaite and Campbell, suggesting that captain Shakib Al Hasan and the other bowlers would face an uphill task of limiting West Indies’ progress. .
Apart from drafting in Shoreful at the expense of fellow-seamer Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh also picked Anamul Haque over out-of-form former captain Mominul Haque for this match.