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Bangladesh’s batting frailties continues

16 June 2022, 11:36:45

Bangladesh put up yet another listliess batting to be reduced to a precarious 76-6 at lunch on day one of the first Test against West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua today.

At the first interval of the day, skipper Shakib Al Hasan was batting on 27 with Mehidy Hasan Miraz on 2, trying to save the side from the ultimate blushes.

West Indies fast bowlers proved their captain Kraigg Brathwaite’s decision to bowl first right as he wanted to use the early moisture.

Kemar Roach who returned to the fold at the eleventh hour after passing his fitness test, moved the ball admirably yo wreck havoc in a reminisce of the Bangladesh’s 2018 tour when the Tigers were bowled out for 43 at this same venue.

Opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy poked a moving delivery of Roach in the second ball of the innings to give a catch at slip for duck while Najmul Hossain Shanto followed him in Roach’s second over when another ball moved sharply to rattle his stump. He also got a duck.

Mominul Haque’s lean batting streak extended to eighth straight single digit figure after he got anothe duck, trying to chase a wide delivery of Jayden Seals.

Tamim Iqbal in the meantime became the second Bangladeshi batter after Mushfiqur Rahim to reach 5, 000 runs milestone when he reached 19 runs as Bangladesh tried to stab off the collapse.

But pacer Alzzari Joseph brought an end to his knock when he was on 29.

Kyle Myers with his military pace then dealt a double strike in his first over, removing Liton Das for 12 and Nurul Hasan Sohan for naught.

With Bangladesh reeling at 45-6, Shakib and Miraz saw off the session without further trouble.

Roach and Myers so far had taken two wickets while Seals and Joseph claimed one wicket apiece.

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