Windies are in the driving seat after Day 1

The Pacers got off to a great start, putting the Windies ahead after Bangladesh folded for 234. Litton’s half-century was not enough to save them.

Bangladesh lost both of its openers early on day one against the Windies fast bowlers but still managed to put up a respectable showing in the opening session. The visitors would have hoped to post a score of 300 or more before the lunch break.

However, Bangladesh made significant progress on Friday when they scored 234 runs against the Windies after being forced to bat first in the second Test at Daren Sammy Stadium. 

According to Sport News BD experts, This was a significant improvement from their first innings score of 103 in the first Test in Antigua, where they lost the match with almost two days to spare.

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Tamim Iqbal appeared to be in good form while hitting nine boundaries for 46, but he was out when he poked at Alzarri Joseph. 

After losing Tamim Iqbal’s wicket, Anamul Haque came to the crease who last played a test match eight years ago. Anamul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto were developing a good partnership when they were both given leg before wicket decisions by Phillip and Kyle Mayers respectively. 

Anamul Haque made 23 runs before he was given out, while Shanto scored 26. Shanto was quite unlucky this time. He couldn’t save himself after taking a review. Umpire responded to the LBW appeal with his finger up. If the umpire didn’t raise his finger Shanto wouldn’t be out as per the DRS rule. His teammates along with his batting coach looked unhappy with this decision. 

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Liton Das had a great game, scoring 53 runs and taking his tally to four fifties and two centuries in 2022. With Bangladesh struggling in the second session, Das put up two important partnerships with Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shoriful Islam, taking Bangladesh closer to the 200-run mark.

Windies seamers performed excellently throughout the innings, sharing the 10 wickets between them
West Indies seamers performed excellently throughout the innings, sharing the 10 wickets between them | Ⓒ AFP

The West Indies seamers performed excellently throughout the innings, sharing the 10 wickets between them. Both Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph had impressive displays of fast bowling, each picking up three wickets, while Anderson Phillip and Kyle Mayers each secured two-wicket hauls. 

The top-order batsmen of the West Indies have laid a strong platform for the home side to post a competitive first-innings total. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite (30*) and John Campbell (32*) have both looked in good touch and have put on a solid partnership.

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At the close of play on day one, the Caribbean side trail by only 167 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.

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