NE Sports Correspondent, Dhaka
Wicketkeeper batsman Joshua Da Silva struck his Test best 92 before Pacer Shannon Gabriel struck twice with new ball put visitors West Indies a dominating position against hosts Bangladesh after ending the second day of the second and final Test match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.
At the close, Bangladesh were tottering at 105 for 4 and trailing by 304 runs after West Indies piled up 409 in the first innings. Mushfiqur Rahim (27) and Mohammad Mithun (6) are at the crease.
Joshua Da Silva earlier struck a superb 92 for West Indies with Nkrumah Bonner hitting 90 and Alzarri Joseph entertaining 82.
Wicket-keeper Da Silva was part of two significant partnerships which propelled West Indies past 400. He and Bonner put on 88 runs for the sixth wicket before Joseph joined Da Silva in a 118-run stand for the seventh.
Earlier, two unbeaten overnight batsmen Bonner and Joshua resumed the West Indies innings with 223 for 5. They batted sensibly in the first hour as bowlers were searching for the wickets. Finally it was Mehidy Hasan who gave the first breakthrough of the day by dismissing Bonner for 90. Then Joseph joined with Joshua and they added 118 runs in the sixth wicket to frustrate the Bangladesh bowlers.
In that first session of the day, Joshua completed his half-century in 86 balls. At the lunch break, Joshua and Alzarri Joseph put the solid 59 runs partnership for the unbroken seventh wicket. In the second session, they stretched that partnership to the 100+ runs. Alzarri Joseph scored his half-century in 84 balls.
Just before the tea break Abu Jayed led the fightback with couple of wickets but the damage was the done as Joshua and Joseph’s two fifty-plus knock helped them score past the 400 runs mark. Abu Jayed and Taijul grabbed 4 wickets each.
Joseph counterattacked right after coming to the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking rapidly. Da Silva brought up his second Test 50 with a reverse-swept boundary against Mehidy Hasan.
Joseph hit eight fours and five sixes before he edged behind off Abu Jayed. West Indies collapsed after Joseph’s dismissal, losing its last four wickets for 25 runs.
In response, Bangladesh lost 2 wickets for just 11 as Soumya Sarkar and Najmul Hossain Shanto got out cheaply.
Highly rated Najmul Hossain Shanto continued bad patch against West Indies. Even he is yet to score 30 plus score throughout West Indies series. He played an impatient stroke and was caught at gully to become Gabrial’s first victim.
Skipper Mominul looked good but could not convert his innings to a big one as he gone after scoring. Tamim played a counter-attacking knock before Gabriel dismissed him for 44 as Bangladesh were in all sorts of trouble on 71 for 4.
From there, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun batted with patience as the duo ensured no more further trouble before end of the day’s play. Mushfiqur was remained unbeaten on 27 and Mithun was on 6. Gabriel bagged 2 wickets for 31 for West Indies.
Bangabandhu Bangladesh vs West Indies Cricket Series 2021
Day 2, Second Test
Venue: Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
West Indies: 409/10 in 90 overs (Bonner 74*, Brathwaite 47, Campbell 32; Abu Jayed 2/46, Taijul 2/64, Soumya 1/30)
Bangladesh: 105/4 in 36 overs (Tamim 44, Mushfiqur 27*, Mithun 6*; Gabriel 2/31, Conrwall 1/34)