As Bangladesh plunged to their lowest-ever score in Test cricket we look at the records broken in the opening day in Antigua.
18.4 overs – this was all the Windies took on the opening day of the first Test in North Sound on Wednesday, 4 July, to demolish Bangladesh. A fiery spell of fast bowling by Kemar Roach (5/8), Miguel Cummins (3/11) and Jason Holder (2/10) orchestrated a spectacular collapse as the visitors were bowled out for 43 inside the first session.
The 18.4 overs faced by Bangladesh was the second shortest 1st innings in a Test ever, only eclipsed by Australia getting bowled out in one ball fewer at Trent Bridge in 2015! #howzstat #WIvBAN pic.twitter.com/FSV2FnSmgd— ICC (@ICC) July 4, 2018
Tenth-lowest total in Test history
This is Bangladesh's lowest-ever score in Test cricket, eclipsing the 62 they made against Sri Lanka in 2007. This is also the lowest score in Test cricket in the last 44 years. India were bowled out for 42 against England in 1974.
It is is the tenth-lowest total of all time, the least that the Windies have bowled an opposition out for, and also the lowest in the Caribbean.
Lowest scores in Test cricket
|South Africa||30||England||Port Elizabeth||1896|
|South Africa||35||England||Cape Town||1899|
|South Africa||43||England||Cape Town||1889|
Kemar Roach creates a splash.
Roach returned magical figures of 5/8 in five overs. He picked up all five wickets in 12 deliveries. Only Monty Noble and Jacques Kallis have taken as few balls for a five-wicket haul. Roach might have added to his tally if not for a knee injury he picked up during his spell.
Fewest deliveries to pick five wickets
Windies make quick work
Bangladesh's first innings lasted just 18.4 overs, that is 112 deliveries, making it the second-shortest first innings of a Test. The record still belongs to Australia who were dismissed in 18.3 overs or 111 deliveries, against England in Nottingham in 2015, when Stuart Broad returned 8/15. Bangladesh's was also the eighth-shortest completed innings in all Tests.
Liton Das, the lone warrior
None of the Bangladesh players could even manage double-digit scores, barring Liton Das, who waged a lone battle scoring 25. He accounted for 58% of the total score – a record for the visitors in Tests. The second-highest score in Bangladesh's batting chart was 6 by Rubel Hossain.
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