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Bangladesh in West Indies, 2009


Bangladesh squander opportunity to take control

19 July 2009

Bangladeshi batsmen squandered the golden opportunity to take control of the second Test as they meekly surrendered and were dismissed for 232 by a spirited West Indies bowling attack. Young fast bowler Kemar Roach led the fight back for the hosts and claimed 6-48 as West Indies managed a 5 run lead on day two at Queen's Park on Saturday.

Bangladesh started the day on 35 for 1 and soon reduced to 106 for 5 as the batsmen lacked commitment and threw their wicket away playing reckless shots. Stand in skipper Shakib Al Hasan led the demise from the front as he ballooned a Kemar Roach delivery to the hands of Ryan Austin at mid on leaving Bangladesh on 157 for 7.

Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah some sort of sanity to Bangladesh innings and shared a 62 runs 8th wicket partnership to bring Bangladesh back in the game. Mushfiqur who top scored with 48 showed a lot more maturity in his shot selections, but his senior team mates were not in a mood to put their heads down as they continued to play reckless shots.

Take Mohammad Ashraful, who became only the second Bangladeshi to appear in 50 tests in this match, as an example. After playing couple of good looking shots, he slapped a long hop from left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds straight to backward point at 12.

Bangladesh struck immediately in the West Indies second innings by removing attacking opener Dale Richards, but failed to put a lid on West Indies run scoring as they let first innings top scorer off the hook when they failed hold on a regulation catch at first slip. The hosts, trailing 0-1 in the two-match series, reached 56-1 at stumps gaining an overall advantage of 61 with three days remaining. Bangladesh bowlers now have a monumental task ahead to keep Bangladesh’s hope of a first ever away series victory alive.


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