Glittering gold Bangladesh on the highway of victory
Excellent batting, superb bowling and razor-sharp fielding put Bangladesh in complete command of Dhaka test against West Indies.
Replying to mammoth Bangladesh first innings of 508 all out visitors were looking down the barrel at 75/5 at stumps of day two. And they became all out for 111 in the morning of day 3. Even miracles may not save West Indies from the test defeat and series whitewash.
Bangladesh came with all guns blazing resuming on the second morning at 259/5. Skipper Shakib playing some delightful aggressive strokes in the morning announced the intention very clearly.
In doing that he failed to reach yet another century trying to play one stroke too many at 80. But by that time the 111 runs 6th wicket partnership with Mahmudullah set the platform for later order batsman blasting helpless West Indies bowling all over the park. Liton Das coming in to bat at number looked in explosive form.
Mahmudullah at the other end was looking rock solid. 7th Wicket partnership between Mahmudullah Riyad and Liton Das produced 92 quick runs taking Bangladesh beyond 400. Liton played a swashbuckling stroke full innings of 59 . Mehidy Hasan Miraz (16), Taijul Islam (26) and even Nayeem Hasan (12*) contributed with superb Mahmudullah scoring his second consecutive century in Dhaka test. His 136 took Bangladesh to run mountain.
508 in the first innings on a wicket not so easy for batting took Bangladesh to impregnable position. It was an excellent display of cool, calculative run hunt. A very rare scene where all 11-batsman contributed with Mahmudullah, Shakib, Shadman and Liton earning the lime light. Brave batting of Bangladesh demonstrated how it is possible batting on such a wicket is possible with positive intent.
No praise would be enough for Mahmudullah. His was a very cultured and high quality batting on a difficult wicket. He batted for 242 deliveries with commitment, courage and efficiency. How brilliantly this silent killer delivers whenever called upon in any format of the game. Just cannot compass why Hathurusingha and BCB selectors were in the process of throwing out Mahmudullah and Mominul from test squad in the recent past?
After such a brilliant batting by team tigers the tired legs of the visitors had hardly any energy left to fight out. Shakib and Mehidy Miraz were looking unplayable on the wicket hitting the right length right from the word go. This pair were in the similar killing mood as they did during hunting English lions in the recent past in Dhaka.
Shakib started the rot cleaning out captain Brathwaite for a dreadful duck. Miraz disturbed the furniture of the other opener Powell in no time. Hope, Abris and Chase had no clue to the snake charmers of Bangladesh snaking in their spin bowling and rocking them to 5/29 by the 12th over All 5 batsmen were clean bowled failing to defend against superb combination of high-quality spin bowling of maestro Shakib and maturing Miraz.
Hetmyer and Dorwich with their back to the wall somehow survived carrying the fight to day three with a painstaking unbroken 46 runs 6th wicket partnership. However, Windies became all out for 111 in the morning of day 3. Miraz took 7/58 and Shakib took 3/27.
It will be huge miracle if West Indies can keep probing Bangladeshi spinners away in the second innings. It is impossible escaping the tigers having taste of blood. In all possibilities it would be game, set and match by the end of day three. Shakib and Miraz did the top order damage,. Taijul and Nayeem are still to add to the miseries of the visitors. On the same wicket Bangladesh batted superbly. West Indian batsmen did not have the skill of playing quality spin bowling on a turning track. Neither they had patience or concentration.
I can not remember when in recent past Bangladesh looked so aggressive, so disciplined and so cohesive in test cricket. If Bangladesh gets to the probable test and series win today or tomorrow it will be a complete team performance where all contributed.
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Bangladesh 508 All Out ( Mahmudullah Riyad 136, Shakib Al Hasan 80, Shadman Islam 76, Lion Das 54 ,Mominul Haque 29, Mohammd Mithun 29 ,Taijul Islam 26 , KC Braithwaite 2/57, KAJ Roach 2/61, JA Warrican 2/91 D Bishoo 2/109 ) West Indies 111 all out I, Mehidy Miraz 7/58, Shakib 3/27)
– Saleque Sufi