Bangladesh spinners made their presence felt in style as they shared five wickets between them to leave the West Indies tottering at 75/5 at the close of the second day’s play in Dhaka on Saturday.
This was after Mahmudullah Riyad hit an unbeaten 136 as Bangladesh cantered to a mammoth total of 508 in their first innings.
Interestingly, all five wickets which were scalped by the hosts were clean bowled–this was only the third time in the history of the game and it was a rare first by spinners. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and veteran all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan ended the day with figures of 3/36 and 2/15 respectively.
Shakib took out his West Indies counterpart Kraigg Brathwaite in his very first over with a ball that spun into the right-hander. The wickets of Kieran Powell (4), Sunil Ambris (7), Roston Chase (0) and Shai Hope (10) followed as the visitors were looking down the barrel.
But Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich with unbeaten knocks of 32 and 17 made sure that no more damage was done and the thing didn’t turn out to be a collapse, although it wasn’t any different.
The story could have been worse for the visitors had Hetmyer’s decision stayed. Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan dismissed the left-hander only for TV replays to reverse the decision.
In the Bangladesh innings, Mahmudullah was well-supported by the likes of Shakib (80), debutant Shadman Islam (76) and Liton Das (54) as they ended their 1st innings effort on a huge total of 508.
They had resumed the second day’s play at 259/5 but Mahmudullah came up with his best knock as he scored his third Test hundred only.