Bangladesh were blown away for 103 in only 32.5 overs on the first afternoon as hosts West Indies gained an early grip on proceedings on a helpful surface in Antigua. In response, their openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell were steady at 15/0 at Tea on Day 1, even though Bangladesh started with five maidens in a row and kept the scoring rate in check.
Asking Bangladesh to bat first, Kemar Roach and Co extracted plenty of bounce and seam movement from the pitch, with the pacers sharing all 10 wickets among them in the end.
Shakib Hasan, who walked in at 41/4, counterattacked his way to 51 off 67 balls, accounting for the lion’s share of runs in the first innings, but the rest of the Bangladesh batters found the going tough; as many as six of them registered
Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph finished with three wickets each but it was Roach set the rhythm early on by striking with the second ball of the match. Bangladesh lost six wickets in a dramatic opening session.
Kemar Roach took only a couple of deliveries to strike on the first morning, getting Mahmud Hasan caught behind with some extra lift off the pitch. Roach followed up in his second over with another wicket, this time getting Najmul Hossain Shanto with his favoured round-the-wicket angle and eliciting another edge to the slip cordon.
Thanks to Roach, West Indies picked three wickets in the opening hour, the third dismissal being that of the former captain Mominul Haque, who was guilty of prodding a Jayden Seales delivery with hard hands and offering a catch behind the wicket in the process.
Tamim Iqbal was the only top-order batter who looked somewhat at home against the West Indian pace barrage, so much so that the first run that didn’t come off Tamim’s bat was scored by Bangladesh only in the seventh over. Tamim’s innings, though, ended on 29 when he was strangled down the legside by Alzarri Joseph.
Kyle Mayers came into the attack in the 15th over and made Bangladesh’s session go from bad to worse. He struck twice, first getting Liton Das with a scrambled seam delivery and then bowled a hooping inswinger to trap Nurul Hasan in front with the help of DRS.