West Indies dominate opening day in Antigua

West Indies gained an early advantage in the Antigua Test, shooting down Bangladesh for 103 in only 32.5 overs on the first afternoon and then followed up with the bat on what’s a spicy surface on offer. At Stumps on Day 1, West Indies were 95/2, trailing by eight runs and had their captain Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten on 42.

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 themselves in the end.

Shakib Hasan, who walked in at 41/4, counter-attacked his way to 51 off 67 balls, accounting for the lion’s share of runs as the rest of the Bangladesh batters found the going tough; as many as six of them registered ducks.

Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph finished with three wickets each but it was really Roach who had set the rhythm early on by striking with the second ball of the match. Close on the heels of that, Bangladesh ended up losing six wickets in a dramatic opening session.

Roach first got Mahmud Hasan caught behind with some extra lift off the pitch and followed up in his next over by getting Najmul Hossain Shanto with his favoured round-the-wicket angle, 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 early on 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 leg side 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.

With the bat, West Indies were slow off the blocks against a disciplined Bangladesh, who bowled five maidens to kick-start things. The hosts had 44 on the board before John Campbell was bowled by a ball that backspun after his forward defence. Raymon Reifer fell to the impressive Ebadot Hossain who squared him up and extracted an edge to the cordon.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh103 (Shakib 51; Jayden Seales 2-33, Alzarri Joseph 2-33, Roach 2-21, Mayers 2-10) lead West Indies 95/2 (Kraigg Brathwaite 42*; Mustafizur Rahman 1-10, Ebadot Hossain 1-18) by 8 runs.

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