TEST: Batsmen put WI in control after Roach’s burst
West Indies took control of the first Test against Bangladesh after dismissing the visitors for their lowest-ever Test total in Antigua.
Kemar Roach claimed the first five wickets, for figures of 5-8, as Bangladesh were dismissed for 43 in just 18.5 overs. Miguel Cummins took three wickets and Jason Holder two as Bangladesh were bowled out before lunch in an embarrassing display on day one.
West Indies then closed the day on 201-2, a healthy lead of 158. Kraigg Brathwaite is eyeing a hundred on 88 not out, while fellow opener Devon Smith made 58 in an opening partnership of 113.
Kieron Powell contributed 48 before he was dismissed just before the close.
West Indies earlier won the toss and elected to field first, a decision that proved immediate dividends as Roach ran through the visitors’ top order, claiming the first five wickets in a fiery five-over spell.
From 18-5, Bangladesh never really recovered, falling to a combination of questionable shot selections and good bowling.
Roach limped off with a calf injury, but Cummins (3-11 off four) and Holder (2-10 off 4.4 overs) ensured Bangladesh were not allowed to get past their previous lowest total of 62 against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval in 2007.
Opener Liton Das topscored with 25, as no other batsman for past six.