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NORTH SOUND: Bangladesh delayed the inevitable for almost two hours when their last wicket fell to hand West Indies a crushing innings and 219-run victory in the first Test on Friday inside seven sessions.

Bangladesh, who were shot out for their lowest Test score of 43 in the first innings on Wednesday’s opening day, were all out for 144 in the second after resuming day three on 62-6.

West Indies showed the folly of the Bangladesh batsmen’s shot-making by posting 406.

Wicket-keeper/batsman Nurul Hasan stalled the home side’s attack with a career-best Test score of 64 off 74 balls before falling to Miguel Cummins. Nurul was the ninth wicket out. Rubel Hossain, with whom Nurul combined for 55, was last man out on 16, losing his leg stump to Cummins.

All four West Indies pacemen took five wickets in the match. Kemar Roach took five in 12 deliveries in the first innings and didn’t bowl in the second after hurting his hamstring. Nevertheless, Bangladesh also couldn’t handle Shannon Gabriel, Cummins, and captain Jason Holder.

Mahmudullah, on 15 overnight, was out to the second delivery of the morning without adding to his score. He edged Holder to third slip.

Next to go was Kamrul Islam Rabbi, whose middle stump was uprooted by Gabriel.

The collapse began on Thursday after West Indies had posted 406 with Kraigg Brathwaite scoring 121 and Shai Hope 67.

Gabriel had Tamim Iqbal (13) caught by Hope off the fourth delivery of the third over, before bowling Mominul Haque for a duck two balls later.

Holder removed Liton Das (2) to leave Bangladesh struggling on 16-3. Das was the only batsman to reach double figures in the visitors’ first innings.

Gabriel continued the demolition, removing Mushfiqur Rahim (8) and captain Shakib Al Hasan (12).

Scoreboard

BANGLADESH (1st Innings) 43 (Liton Das 25; K.A.J. Roach 5-8, M.L. Cummins 3-11). WEST INDIES (1st Innings): K.C. Brathwaite c Mehedi b Shakib 121 D.S. Smith c Nurul b Jayed 58 K.O.A. Powell c Liton b Mahmudullah 48 D. Bishoo b Kamrul 19 S.D. Hope c Tamim b Jayed 67 R.L. Chase lbw Mehedi 2 S.O. Dowrich c Liton b Shakib 4 J.O. Holder c Liton b Mehedi 33 K.A.J. Roach lbw Mehedi 33 M.L. Cummins not out 1 S.T. Gabriel c Shakib b Jayed 5 EXTRAS (B-3, LB-8, W-3, NB-1) 15 TOTAL (all out, 137.3 overs) 406 FALL OF WKTS: 1-113, 2-194, 3-246, 4-272, 5-281, 6-288, 7-338, 8-394, 9-400. BOWLING: Abu Jayed 26.3-7-84-3 (2w); Rubel Hossain 17-3-44-0 (1nb, 1w); Kamrul Islam 20-3-69-1; Shakib Al Hasan 27-2-71-2; Mehedi Hasan 34-6-101-3; Mahmudullah 11-1-18-1; Mominul Haque 2-0-8-0. BANGLADESH (2nd Innings, overnight 62-6):
Tamim Iqbal c Hope b Gabriel 13 Liton Das c Brathwaite b Holder 2 Mominul Haque b Gabriel 0 Mushfiqur Rahim b Gabriel 8 Shakib Al Hasan c Holder b Gabriel 12 Mahmudullah c Chase b Holder 15 Mehedi Hasan c Dowrich b Holder 2 Nurul Hasan c and b Cummins 64 Kamrul Islam b Gabriel 7 Rubel Hossain b Cummins 16 Abu Jayed not out 0 EXTRAS (B-1, W-3, NB-1) 5 TOTAL (all out, 40.2 overs) 144 FALL OF WKTS: 1-14, 2-14, 3-16, 4-36, 5-43, 6-50, 7-63, 8-88, 9-143. BOWLING: Holder 15-3-30-3 (1w); Gabriel 12-3-77-5 (2w); Cummins 7.2-2-16-2 (1nb); Bishoo 5-1-16-0; Chase 1-0-4-0. RESULT: West Indies won by an innings and 219 runs to lead two-match series 1-0. UMPIRES: R.A. Kettleborough (England) and R.K. Illingworth (England). TV UMPIRE: S. Ravi (India). MATCH REFEREE: B.C. Broad (England). MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Kemar Roach. SECOND TEST: Kingston, July 12-16.

Published in Dawn, July 07th, 2018