Bangladesh crumble again in chase of 335


Tea Bangladesh 149 and 52 for 3 (Shakib 3*, Chase 1-4) need 283 to win v West Indies 354 and 129

West Indies snuffed out three Bangladesh wickets as they started to fight back from a disappointing batting display on the third day. Jason Holder and Keemo Paul removed the openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das respectively before Roston Chase picked up Mominul Haque at the stroke of tea. The visitors have a mountain of 283 runs to climb with seven wickets in hand.

Tamim was adjudged leg-before to a Holder delivery that kept slightly low. He checked with a review but it only confirmed how plumb the on-field umpire’s decision was.

Liton wasn’t deterred however, as he cracked Holder for four boundaries in the seventh over that went for 16. He struck the first over gully and then chipped the bowler over mid-on. Off the last two deliveries, he thumped him through mid-off and then again guided one through gully. Liton later pasted Holder for a pulled four through midwicket, before edging Keemo Paul to gully to fall for a run-a-ball 33.

Shakib Al Hasan, whose 6 for 33 earlier kept them in the contest, was not out while Mominul, having made just one run in his last three innings, survived 42 balls before Chase trapped him in front of the wickets. It was a big blow for Bangladesh whose bowlers did an excellent job to get them into a contest of sorts.

They bowled out West Indies for 129, the lowest total against a visiting Bangladesh side. Shakib’s six-for were the team’s best bowling figures in an away Test match. Mehidy Hasan Miraz took two wickets and one each went to Taijul Islam and Abu Jayed.

Shakib, who had already bowled the in-form Kraigg Brathwaite on the previous evening, removed Devon Smith, Keemo Paul and Kieran Powell in the day’s first session. Smith and Paul were stumped while Powell was adjudged leg-before going back to a length delivery. Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmeyer also fell lbw to Taijul Islam and Abu Jayed respectively as the home side went to lunch on 97 for 6. Mehidy then removed Roston Chase, who top scored with 32 but was bowled trying a sweep. Nurul Hasan completed a Bangladesh record of three stumpings when Jason Holder ran past a Mehidy delivery in the next over.

Shakib then clean bowled Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel in the same over, to end the West Indies innings nine overs after lunch.

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