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Roach five-for puts West Indies on top

Bangladesh ends second day on 104 for 7, trailing by 276 runs

Roach five-for puts West Indies on top - Cricket News
Kemar Roach ran through Bangladesh’s top order to finish with 5 for 33.
Kemar Roach put on a fiery display of pace bowling to reduce Bangladesh to 104 for 7 at stumps on the second day of the second and final Test on Sunday (September 14).

Roach’s five-wicket haul -- his sixth in Test cricket – had Bangladesh trailing the West Indies by 276 runs after Dinesh Ramdin’s men, overnight 246 for 3, were bowled out for 380 in their first innings courtesy yet another display of rock-solid batting from Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam remained unconquered at the crease on 13 and 6 respectively as Bangladesh is 76 runs behind in its quest to avoid the follow on.

While Chanderpaul helped the West Indies crawl out of a difficult scenario to a position of relative comfort, Roach stamped its authority by ripping through the top order with the help of Jerome Taylor at the other end.   

Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh opener, was the only batsman who showed stomach for the battle as he stuck it out there for 75 deliveries and scored 48 runs before he was dismissed by a good ball from Roach which caught his edge and carried comfortably to Ramdin.

The four batsmen that followed were all out for single-digit scores before Mahmudullah came in and put a dead bat to good use.

Bangladesh had lost four wickets for a mere seven runs to give the West Indies complete control of proceedings. Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam provided some resistance but it shouldn’t be long before the West Indies seamers run through the tail, unless a rearguard action catches them off guard.

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh kicked things off on a high to leave the West Indies in a spot of bother.
Merely an hour into the day’s play, Robiul Islam dismissed Darren Bravo after the left-hand batsman added a mere two runs to his overnight tally of 44.

Jermaine Blackwood and Ramdin were both sent back to the pavilion by Al-Amin Hossain, whose bowling action was reported during the first Test loss in St Vincent.

The West Indies has always banked on Chanderpaul in situations like this and the left-hand batsman hardly fails to deliver. This time around too he forged a healthy 54-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Jerome Taylor to have his side slither out of a potentially precarious situation.

While Chanderpaul resorted to runs close to the bat, Taylor smacked Bangladesh bowlers to all corners of the park as he scored 40 runs from 41 balls with five fours and a couple of sixes before he holed one out to Mahmudullah off Taijul Islam, the offspinner.

Much to Chanderpaul’s disappointment, Sulieman Benn and Shannon Gabriel were dismissed before he could realise his 30th Test century.

Al-Amin was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh as he returned with figures of 3 for 80. Shafiul, Robiul and Taijul scalped a couple of wickets apiece.

Please click here to see the full scorecard and follow live ball-by-ball coverage of West Indies v Bangladesh from St.Lucia.

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