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Stats: A Windies high, a Bangladesh low

WI v Ban, 1st Test, stats

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.

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

Team  Score  Opposition  Venue Year
New Zealand 26 England Auckland 1955
South Africa 30 England Port Elizabeth 1896
South Africa 30 England Birmingham 1924
South Africa 35 England Cape Town 1899
South Africa 36 Australia Melbourne 1932
Australia  36 England Birmingham 1902
New Zealand 42 Australia Wellington 1946
Australia  42 England Sydney 1888
India 42 England Lord's  1974
South Africa 43 England Cape Town 1889
Bangladesh 43 Windies North Sound 2018

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

Player Deliveries bowled Opposition Year
Monty Noble  12 England 1902
Jacques Kallis 12 Bangladesh 2002
Kemar Roach  12 Bangladesh 2018
Waqar Younis  13 Bangladesh 2002
Jermain Lawson 14 Bangladesh 2002

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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