WI dominate with bat and ball to gain upper hand
Published: 05:53 PM, 12 February 2021 Updated: 05:55 PM, 12 February 2021
West Indies players celebrating Soumya Sarkar`s wicket; Photo: ICC
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 for 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 for 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.
Earlier, Nkrumah Bonner and Da Silva added quick runs in the morning session, extending their partnership to 88 before the former fell in the 90s again, caught at leg slip off Mehidy Hasan. This brought Joseph to the crease and he wielded the long handle to good effect while Da Silva swept and reverse swept with confidence. It was a profitable first session for West Indies, who added 102 runs at 3.5 an over while it was hard work for Bangladesh with not much assistance from the pitch.
Runs came at a slightly slower rate at the start of the post-lunch session, with the Bangladesh bowlers showing a slight improvement with their lines. But they hardly troubled Da Silva and Joseph, with the latter dealing in sixes to bring up his second Test fifty. However, against the run of play, West Indies lost their second batsman in the 90s when Da Silva was beaten on the inside edge by a Taijul delivery that crashed onto the stumps.
The dismissal didn't have any effect on Joseph, who hit his fifth six with a pull-off Jayed and then top-edged one to the boundary. But he went for one too many, chasing a wide delivery outside off to edge it to the 'keeper, who picked up another catch when Jayed found the outside edge of Jomel Warrican's bat. Gabriel struck a couple of boundaries before becoming Taijul's fourth scalp as West Indies' innings came to an end with the visitors losing their last four wickets for 25 runs.
Brief scores: West Indies 409 (Joshua Da Silva 92, Nkrumah Bonner 90, Alzarri Joseph 82; Abu Jayed 4-98, Taijul Islam 4-108) lead Bangladesh 105/4 (Tamim Iqbal 44, Mushfiqur Rahim 27*; Shannon Gabriel 2-31) by 304 runs.