Roach and Joseph leave Bangladesh staring at defeat

SUMMARY: Bangladesh 234 all out from 64.2 overs (Litton Das 53, Tamim Iqbal 46, Najmul Hossain Shanto 26, Shoriful Islam 26; Alzarri Joseph 3-50, Jayden Seales 3-53, Anderson Phillip 2-30, Kyle Mayers 2-35) and 132-6 from 36 overs (Najmul Hossain Shanto 42; Kemar Roach 3-32, Alzarri Joseph 2-31) trail West Indies 408 all out from 126.3 overs (Kyle Mayers 146*, Kraigg Brathwaite 51, John Campbell 45, Jermaine Blackwood 40, Joshua DaSilva 29; Khaled Ahmed 5-106, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3-91, Shoriful Islam 2-76) by 42 runs


Bangladesh were left staring at a series whitewash after Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph shared five wickets between them to leave the visitors reeling at 132-6 in the second innings when rain forced early stumps on day three of the St. Lucia Test.

The downpour may have brought temporary relief to their misery but Bangladesh- still trailing by 42 with just four wickets in hand- now need a miracle.

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In the second session bookend by sharp rain spells, Roach inflicted early pain on the tourists with a three-fer to rattle their struggling top-order after the home side had taken a sizable 174-run first-innings lead. The pacer took just ten balls to make his mark and reach the milestone of 250 Test wickets, surpassing Michael Holding.

Roach though had Tamim Iqbal to thank for it, who threw his bat at a full and wide delivery with his feet glued to nick a regulation catch for the ‘keeper.

To his credit, Mahmudul Hasan Joy looked sharp in his brief stay as he flicked and drove Roach to the fence. However, he perhaps got carried away by the back-to-back boundaries and played at one he should have left one, popping a healthy edge to third slip.

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In his next over, Roach trapped Anamul Haque plumb LBW.

The Bangladesh number four made a desperate use of a review but was given marching orders amidst pelting rain as Tea was called early.

Into the final session, their LBW shout turned down, Kraigg Brathwaite made a smart use of the review to get the decision overturned in favour of Jayden Seales and send Liton Das on his way after making 19, just as Bangladesh went past 50.

The resistance Bangladesh sought came through a reassuring fifth-wicket stand between Shakib Al Hasan and Najmul Hasan Shanto.

The pair scored 47 runs in their 10-over association, with Shanto taking the lead.

After seeing an edge, that luckily for him, did not carry, he unleashed a couple of on-drives off Kyle Mayers to inject some momentum.

The duo kept at least a boundary coming nearly every over, taking Bangladesh past 100-mark in the 29th over with a bit of luck also going their way as a couple of edges evaded the fielders.

Joseph, however, returned to action with back to back maidens and capped off the spell with the wickets of both set batters.

Tempted by an overpitched delivery outside off, Shanto went for a drive but with negligible foot movement to offer an easy take for the ‘keeper and bring curtains on an otherwise good effort of 42. The partnership broken, Joseph struck again an over later to scalp the big fish.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib was on this occasion guilty of throwing it away, poking at a delivery outside off to edge it to second slip. Under overcast skies, Nurul Hasan held the fort for three overs, alongside Mehidy Hasan, until another spell of rain cut the day short.

Earlier, Mayers was denied a 150 as Khaled Ahmed’s maiden Test fifer rolled out West Indies for 408 on a rain-affected third morning.

Only 11 overs were possible before the heavens opened up but Bangladesh did strike twice in the brief morning session where overnight batter Joshua da Silva was trapped plumb LBW by Mehidy and Khaled picked his first of the three wickets by having Joseph caught at midwicket.

Khaled struck again in his second over after the lengthy break. Mayers, only striking distance from his 150, was done in by an off-cutter as he misjudged the pace and went through with his flick way too early to chip a simple take to mid-on.

Anderson Phillip and Roach collected a couple of boundaries each to stretch the home team’s lead further before wicketkeeper Nurul forced an excellent use of a review for a caught behind appeal put an end to the former’s stay in the middle. Three balls later, Khaled registered his maiden five-wicket hauls in Tests when he induced a healthy outside edge off No. 1 1 Seales’ bat. (cricbuzz)

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