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Gabrial, Da Silva put West Indies in command against Bangladesh

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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.

West Indies’ Joshua Da Silva (L) with teammate Nkrumah Bonner run between the wickets during the second day of the second Test cricket match against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Munir Uz zaman /AFP via Getty Images

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.

West Indies’ Joshua Da Silva plays a shot during the second day. Photo: Munir Uz zaman / AFP via Getty Images

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.

West Indies’ Alzarri Joseph (L) used his considerable reach to attack the spinners. Photo: AFP

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.

Bangladesh’s cricketers celebrates after the dismissal of West Indies Nkrumah Bonner (not pictured). Photo: Munir Uz zaman /AFP via Getty Images

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.

Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim (2L) plays a shot during the second day. Photo: Munir Uz zaman / AFP via Getty Images

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.

West Indies’ cricketers celebrates after the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Najmul Hossain Shanto (2L) during the second day. Photo: Munir Uz zaman / AFP via Getty Images

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.

Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal by West Indies’ Alzarri Joseph (not pictured). Photo: Munir Uz zaman / AFP via Getty Images

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.

Soumya Sarkar failed to make the most of an opportunity at the top of the order. Photo: BCB

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)

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