Bangladesh [Liton Das 23(53), K.Roach 5/8] and 62/6 [Nurul Hasan 64(74), Gabriel 5/77], Windies
406[ K.Brathwaite 128(291), Abu Jayed 3/84]
The Windies fast bowlers put in another comprehensive performance to get the last four wickets within the first session of play on day three, fetching them a mammoth victory by an innings and 219 runs. Bangladesh batsmen lost 20 wickets to the Windies pacers and survived just 354 balls, their lowest ever balls faced in a Test.
Gabriel, who started day three with four wickets to his name, took the wicket of Kamrul Islam on day three and completed his fifth five wicket-haul in Tests. Holder and Cummins supported Gabriel well in the absence of Roach. The Windies captain picked up 30/3, including a wicket off his first legal delivery on day three. Cummins started the day without a wicket, but ended it with two wickets, including the wickets of Nurul Hasan who scored a fighting half-century and the final wicket of Rubel Hossain.
Bangladesh’s collapse continued with the start of the day. Mahmudullah was dismissed off the first legal delivery of the day. After delivering an embarrassing wide down the leg-side, Jason Holder went back to his probing length outside the off stump, squaring up Mahmudullah and getting him caught at slips.
Nurul Hasan wasn’t shaken up with the first ball dismissal. He played some attacking cricket and took on the Windies pacers. He had a partnership of 25 for the eighth wicket with Kamrul Islam before the latter was bowled by Gabriel in the 26th over.
The wicket-keeper batsman continued to attack even after the fall of the eighth wicket. An over after the wicket, he took Shannon Gabriel for 17 runs, scoring a big six down the ground off a slow delivery. He got to a 50 off just 36 balls and was the only batsmen to score a half-century in this Test for the visitors. His 55-run-stand with Rubel Hossain for the ninth wicket was the only 50 run partnership for Bangladesh in this Test.
His knock off 64 ended when he attempted a flat batted pull against Miguel Cummins, which he hit straight back at the Cummins in the 39th over of the innings. The wicket gave the Windies victory by an innings and 219 runs to complete their biggest win at home and their second best against Bangladesh.
Unfortunately, Kemar Roach couldn’t bowl in the second innings, but he was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 5/8, his second best figures in Tests.
Despite leading the series after this rather easy win, the Windies will be extra focused when playing at Sabina Park, Kingston. They lost their last four Test matches at the venue and are looking for their first win at the venue since 2012 in the 2nd Test of the series which starts on July 12th.
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