Tigers slaughtered in Antigua

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Windies keep on dominance at tea
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Bangladesh West Indies First Test At Sir IVA Richards Stadium, Antigua
Brief Scorecard at Stumps Day One.
Bangladesh All Out 43 (Litton K Das 25, Kemar Roach 5/8, M Cummins 3/11, Jason Holder 2/ 10),

West Indies 200 /1

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It was a dooms day for Bangladesh Cricket. Losing the toss and was put into bat first on a green top pacey wicket, Bangladesh failed to survive even 20 overs of the innings getting all out to their lowest ever Test score of 43.

Kemar Roach took 5/8 in 5 overs before limping off. Cummins and Holder efficiently did the mopping off grabbing 3/11 and 2/10 wickets respectively.

Bangladesh innings lasted only 112 balls prevailing 99 minutes. It was a spineless irresponsible batting show. Litton was the only batsman scoring double figures. He too went out playing rash stroke. Bangladesh looked bruised, battered and humiliated.

They lacked technique and temperament. They looked like lambs for slaughter. It was a show of poor technique, poor temperament and no application. Not even one of the batsmen showed resolve. Would blame the top five for the disaster.

After such a pathetic display it is not possible regrouping. Yet bowlers tried to do their best. But West Indians were not in a hurry. From here on, it will a tall task to take the game beyond day three. It was great seeing West Indies gradually getting back to their glorious past. At stumps of day one hosts are already in driving seat 158 runs ahead with 8 wickets in hand.

It is the second shortest first innings in Test history. Australia’s 60 all out against England in 2015 was top of the list before today by a long way. They made 60 in 18.3 overs. Bangladesh got close, but the Aussies hold on. Bangladesh innings lasted 18.4 overs. It was the second lowest Test score since India scored 42 in Lords in 1974.

From the abject surrender of team Tigers many question arises. Did Bangladesh go to West Indies prepared at all? Did any one do any homework on Test venues or the red hot form of West Indian pacers? By the look of it, team management sent some sacrificial lambs to be slaughtered on green top pacey wickets?

Our players who are literally used to playing on low, slow, bouncy wickets cannot keep up with fast, grassy wickets against pacers of the quality of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel. The abject surrender of Bangladeshi batsmen showed it all.

At stumps on day one Bangladesh is looking down the barrel. Bangladesh got all out at their lowest ever total of 43 before even 20 overs were bowled before lunch on day one. Roach took five, Cummins three and Holder two.

The new generation West Indian pacers bringing the memory back of Marshall, Holding, Roberts, Garner, Croft against a team where legendary Courtney Walsh is the bowling coach.

What to write about? Please read how wickets fell. It looked like batsmen had urgency to attend matures’ call in the dressing room. They all were rushing back to the pavilion. No commitment, no application. Purely lack of technique against top quality fast bowling on juicy wicket.

Wicket No 1. Roach to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, Roach has Tamim nicking off to the keeper. Good length, angling in from wide of the crease, from around the stumps, seams away just enough to find the outside edge. Tamim was squared up, poking at it, simple catch for Dowrich behind the stumps. Just reward for discipline with the new ball. ,

Wicket No 2: Roach to Mominul Haque, OUT, Pitched up further outside off, Mominul searches for a drive and drives away from the body. The resultant outside edge is smartly pouched at gully by Hope.

Wicket Number 3: Roach to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, given lbw by umpire Kettleborough. This looks pretty adjacent but Mushfiqur challenges the on-field out decision. Roach ventures wide of the crease, slanting in towards off stump, beats the inside edge and pings the front pad on the knee-roll. The tracker returns umpire’s call on off. It would have cannoned into middle stump.

Wicket Number 4: Roach to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, He takes down Mushfiqur and Shakib in a space of three balls. He hobbles away and celebrates. Good length and seams away just a shade outside off, Shakib spars at it and edges it to second slip, Shakib can’t shake Bangladesh out of their funk, at least for then.

Wicket Number 5:Roach to Mahmudullah, OUT, Five-wicket haul for Roach, inside nine overs. Mahmudullah also goes for a duck. Roach is on a hat-trick. Cracking delivery. Good length, angling in from wide of the crease, at off stump, then straightens away. Mahmudullah is squared up as he nicks it behind to Dowrich.

Dream bowling for Roach.
What a bowling figure! Roach: 5-1-8-5

To the great relief of Bangladesh, Roach limped off the ground. But was it a respite? The pathetic display of inept batting continued. Cummins and Holder took over where Roach left. The dressing room bound rush continued.

Wicket Number 6: Cummins to Litton Das, OUT, another slog attempt and at Test level, one cannot get away with repeatedly doing that. Litton survived the new ball and had a good chance to lift his team, but he’s ended up skying one to backward point. A terrible shot. It was over pitched and at off stump. He looked to go over mid wicket. No attempt to cover the out swing

Wicket Number 7:Cummins to Nurul Hasan, OUT, taken at third slip. Nurul, with no luck trying to open the face against length balls outside off, decided to close the face on one. It’s taken the leading edge and carried. No fuss. It was too far out for him to play that shot.

Wicket Number 8: Cummins to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, OUT, Devon Smith has leaped across to his left, in front of first slip, and taken a sharp low catch. Mehidy looking for a big drive again but like the rest of his team today, he has no faith in the front foot stride philosophy. Late swing away from Cummins and the end approaches ever faster.

Wicket Number 9: Holder to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, OUT, off the glove. Short ball in the corridor. Too much for Kamrul. Rising nastily as he looks to defend and it’s through to Dowrich.

Wicket Number 10: Holder to Abu Jayed, OUT, bowled. After a lot of flirting around with the outside edge, Holder bowls full at the overly exposed stumps. Swings it away from middle and hits off stump. Bangladesh bowled out before lunch on the first day.

43 is the Bangladesh’s lowest ever total in Tests. For the most part, it was a performance as embarrassing as the total. But that would take away from Kemar Roach, who persisted with some great lines as Bangladesh’s openers had put up a moderately good defense in the first half hour.

But once he got through their resistance, not even his own injured knee could stop him from completely blowing out their top and middle order. He took the first five, all by himself, before hobbling off. But that barely did any good for Bangladesh. Litton Das had made it through the menacing first hour but threw it away with questionable shot selection.

Roach now holds a joint world record with Jacques Kallis – the fewest balls needed to take 5 wickets. Both of them took 12 balls and both of them set the record against Bangladesh. Kallis took 5-21, though. From the start of his spell, Roach took 29 balls, as opposed to Broad who took 19 balls for 5 wickets.

West Indies Innings:
West Indies had all the time to bat cautiously. But the discipline that Windies bowlers showed was missing from Bangladesh bowing. Lot many balls went down the leg side. No bowler could maintain tight line and immaculate length that Windies bowlers did.

Nurul Sohan dropped a dolly behind the wicket. West Indies opening pair applied playing each ball to their merit. On such a wicket Bangladesh should have an additional pacer. Not including the most experienced Shafiul was a great mistake.

The first wicket partnership put on 113 runs. This is the second time after 64 innings West Indian openers had a 100 runs partnership after 2014.

Debutant Jayed had Smith caught behind. He was the most impressive of the Bangladesh bowlers. With the early moisture gone Bangladesh bowlers required to maintain line and length. They did but West Indian batting had discipline which Bangladesh did not have.

If West Indies carries on like this by Tea on day two they will be 350 plus ahead .Bangladesh would struggle saving humiliating innings defeat.

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