GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Speedster Kemar Roach rocked Bangladesh with a devastating five-wicket haul to leave their innings in ruins as West Indies kept their stranglehold on the second and final Test here yesterday.
The right-armer scythed though the middle order with a spell of five for 33 to send Bangladesh stumbling to the close of the second day at 104 for seven in their first innings, in reply to the West Indies’ 380 all out.
Left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal resisted with 48 but he was one of only three batsman into double figures and the only one to pass 15.
Roach’s new-ball partner Jerome Taylor picked up two for 33 in support, in a period during the last session at the Beausejour Cricket Ground that saw four wickets tumble for just seven runs, about 35 minutes after tea.
West Indies had been earlier bowled out 55 minutes after lunch, leaving veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul stranded short of a century for the second straight innings.
He finished 84 not out, an innings that consumed 198 balls, lasted just under 4-1/2 hours and included eight fours.
Chanderpaul engaged in two key partnerships to rally West Indies after they lost four wickets for 18 runs early in the first session to slump to 269 for seven from their overnight 246 for three.
They suffered an early setback when Darren Bravo, not out on 44 overnight, added just two before flashing at one from seamer Robiul Islam and getting an edge through to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
The wicket triggered a slide which saw four wickets tumble for 18 runs, as Jermaine Blackwood fell for eight and captain Denesh Ramdin and Kemar Roach both departed without scoring.
Chanderpaul then put on an entertaining 54 for the eighth wicket with Taylor who counter-attacked for his 40 off just 32 balls, lashing five fours and two sixes, to rally West Indies past the 300-run mark before holing out in the deep off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.
Sulieman Benn followed up with 25 in helping to post 52 for ninth wicket before hooking pacer Al-Amin Hossain to deep fine leg where Shafiul Islam accepted the chance.
On 83 at that stage, Chanderpaul was not afforded the opportunity to add many more as seamer Robiul Islam rattled Shannon Gabriel’s stumps in the next over.
Al-Amin was the best bowler with three for 80 while Robiul Islam (2-63) and fellow seamer Shafiul Islam (2-80), along with Taijul Islam (2-89), all finished with two wickets apiece.
Roach got the early breakthrough when he removed Shamsur for one, to a diving leg-side catch by wicketkeeper Ramdin with the score on 14 in the sixth over of the innings.
Tamim and Anamul Haque, who made nine, then took Bangladesh to the safety of tea on 25 for one, and offered some hope afterward by patiently extending their second wicket stand to 29 runs.
However, Roach struck again when he had Anamul taken at slip by Darren Bravo. The right-hander attempted to withdraw his bat but the ball struck the bottom and spooned into the cordon.
Tamim looked set for the long haul, facing 75 balls in nearly two hours at the crease and counting six fours. He was, however, quick to pounce on anything loose, twice gathering boundaries through cover off half-volleys from Roach and Taylor.
His demise was a weak one in the end, sparring at a length delivery from Roach to give Ramdin an easy catch at 62 for three.
With only three runs added, Mominul Haque was brilliantly taken at short leg by Jermaine Blackwood off Taylor for three and captain Mushfiqur Rahim lasted 22 balls before having his off-stump removed by Taylor.
Two balls later in the next over, Nasir Hossain nicked Roach behind to fall for one at 69 for six and Taijul bravely belted two fours in 12 before slicing Roach to Gabriel at third man.
WEST INDIES 1st innings (overnight 246 for three)
K Brathwaite c Taijul Islam b Shafiul Islam 63
L Johnson lbw b Taijul Islam 66
K Edwards c Shamsur Rahman b Mahmudullah 16
DM Bravo c wkp Mushfiqur Rahim b Robiul Islam 46
S Chanderpaul not out 84
J Blackwood c Anamul Haque b Al-Amin Hossain 8
*+D Ramdin c wkp Mushfiqur Rahim b
Al-Amin Hossain 0
K Roach c wkp Mushfiqur Rahim b Shafiul Islam 0
J Taylor c Mahmudullah b Taijul Islam 40
S Benn c Shafiul Islam b Al-Amin Hossain 25
S Gabriel b Robiul Islam 4
Extras (b8, lb4, w10, nb6) 28
TOTAL (all out, 124 overs) 380
Fall of wickets: 1-143 (Brathwaite), 2-145 (Johnson), 3-185 (Edwards), 4-251 (Bravo), 5-268 (Blackwood), 6-268 (Ramdin), 7-269 (Roach), 8-323 (Taylor), 9-375 (Benn), 10-380 (Gabriel)
Bowling: Al-Amin Hossain 31-6-80-3 (w1), Shafiul Islam 27-7-80-2 (w2), Robiul Islam 26-7-63-2 (w3, nb6), Taijul Islam 22-4-89-2, Mahmudullah 16-2-49-1, Nasir Hossain 2-0-7-0.
BANGLADESH 1st innings
Tamim Iqbal c wkp Ramdin b Roach 48
Shamsur Rahman c wkp Ramdin b Roach 1
Anamul Haque c Bravo b Roach 9
Mominul Haque c Blackwood b Taylor 3
+*Mushfiqur Rahim b Taylor 4
Mahmudullah not out 13
Nasir Hossain c wkp Ramdin b Roach 1
Taijul Islam c Gabriel b Roach 12
Shafiul Islam not out 6
Extras (lb6, nb1) 7
TOTAL (7 wkts, 42 overs) 104
To bat: Al-Amin Hossain, Robiul Islam.
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Shamsur Rahman), 2-43 (Anamul Haque), 3-62 (Tamim Iqbal, 24.4 ), 4-65 (Mominul), 5-68 (Mushfiqur), 6-69 (Nasir Hossain), 7-89 (Taijul Islam)
Bowling: Taylor 15-4-33-2 (nb1), Roach 16-5-33-5, Gabriel 9-1-27-0, Benn 2-1-5-0.
Position: Bangladesh trail by 276 runs with three wickets intact.