Bangladesh look to avoid follow-on on Day 3...

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Bangladesh look to avoid follow-on on Day 3

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 10:10 AM, 13 February 2021  



Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun took to the field for the third day on Saturday morning to avoid the follow-on after taking the team’s helm with losing four early wickets against West Indies on Friday (Day 2) held at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital.

Till the writing, Bangladesh scored 134 runs with losing four wickets. Mushfiqur Rahim is unbeaten for 48 runs and Mohammad Mithun unbeaten for 11 runs.

Joshua Da Silva and Alzarri Joseph’s 118-run partnership preceded Bangladesh’s top-order collapse as West Indies ended Day 2 of the second Test in Dhaka in a strong position. 

Fine knocks from Da Silva (92) and Joseph (82) helped West Indies post 409, with Abu Jayed and Taijul Islam bagging four wickets apiece. In reply, Bangladesh lost their top four as they went into Stumps at 105/4 on Friday (February 12).

Soumya Sarkar, roped in as Shakib Al Hasan’s replacement, had a disappointing Test comeback as he fell to Shannon Gabriel without scoring in the opening over. The batsman failed to keep the flick down and saw Kyle Mayers hold on to a good catch at short midwicket. 

Najmul Hossain Shanto fell to a loose shot, handing a catch to gully while attempting a drive off Gabriel. Bangladesh, however, launched a counter-attack with Tamim Iqbal finding the boundaries regularly. Having hit a straight six off Rahkeem Cornwall, Tamim took the attack to Joseph, scoring four fours off the pacer in his successive overs. Mominul too got into the act, as the skipper and the opener managed 10 fours between them to bring up a brisk half-century stand.  

West Indies, though, gained the upper hand again by picking up quick wickets. Mominul’s stay came to an end when he tried to force a Cornwall delivery off the back foot, only to edge it behind the stumps. Tamim fell six short of a fifty, clipping a Joseph delivery to short midwicket as Bangladesh slipped to 71/4. 

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun ensured Bangladesh did not lose any more wickets - facing more than 20 overs for their unbroken 34-run stand, with the former contributing 27 in the fifth-wicket association.

Brief score: 

West Indies: 409 (Joshua Da Silva 92, Nkrumah Bonner 90, Alzarri Joseph 82; Abu Jayed 4-98, Taijul Islam 4-108)

Bangladesh: 136/4 (Tamim Iqbal 44, Mushfiqur Rahim 49*; Shannon Gabriel 2-46).

West Indies lead by 272 runs.