Bangladesh vs West Indies: Late strikes give visitors hope of victory on 17-wicket day
Jomel Warrican took four wickets on day two in Chittagong. @AFP

Losing five wickets to spin during the final session of the first Test in Chittagong undid much of the good work by the debutant offspinner Nayeem Hasan and the returning Shakib Al Hasan who had combined to bowl Bangladesh to a lead of 78 over West Indies. By stumps on Friday, Bangladesh were 55/5 with a lead of 133 – meaning that 17 wickets had fallen on day two.

A blazing half-century in 43 balls from Shimron Hetmyer gave the visitors some lift as their struggles against spin continued for a second session running, and there was another valuable fifty from Shane Dowrich. With more support, West Indies could have been in a better situation. That Bangladesh have not run away with the match owes to some haphazard batting from the hosts, who gifted wickets to Jomel Warrican and Roston Chase before stumps.

SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs West Indies, 1st Test, Chittagong

Spin dominated the second day, with a pattern of mini-collapses hurting both teams. In the morning, the left-arm spinner Warrican took the last two Bangladesh wickets for the addition of nine runs to the overnight total. Ambris got Nayeem for 26 and Mustafizur Rahman for 0 to finish with 4/62, leaving Taijul Islam not out on a vital 39.

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Taijul was soon into the act with his left-arm spin, snapping a 29-run opening stand by getting Kieran Powell lbw for 14. Immediately Shakib brought himself on and with his first delivery bowled Shai Hope for 1 who looked to drive against the turn. Mushfiqur Rahim then dropped a catch off Sunil Ambris, but Shakib lifted the mood when he had Kraig Brathwaite edging to first slip as the over ended with two wickets. From 29 without loss, West Indies had slipped to 31/3 inside two overs.

Chase led a stand of 46 before he became Hasan s first wicket, out for 31 when stabbing a catch to short leg. Nayeem got another in his next over when Ambris gambled on an lbw review and was unsuccessful. Two wickets had fallen for the addition of 11 runs in 17 deliveries.

Nayeem Hasan claimed 5/61 in his debut innings
Nayeem Hasan claimed 5/61 in his debut innings. @AFP

From 88/5, the visitors were carried to 180/6 as Hetymer who struck four sixes and five fours in his 47-ball 63, showing a liking for spin, as he dominated a stand of 92 with Dowrich. Hetmyer decided to attack, and did so successfully. Hasan was flat-batted for four past mid-on and then Hetmyer targeted Taijul and swung him for successive sixes to the leg side. A bent-knee slog off gave Hetmyer four more, then he attacked Hasan by hitting him for four and six. His fifty secured in 42 balls, Hetmyer then got stuck into Shakib whom he biffed over mid-off and then deposited over long-on.

Dowrich broke out of his shell with a controlled six off Mehidy with sparkling use of his feet, but had to shun any such extravagance when Mehidy produced a fine delivery to have Hetmyer stumped. Hasan became the youngest player to take five wickets in an innings on debut, while Dowrich remained not out on a plucky 63.

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With a lead of 78, Bangladesh’s top order had a chance to add to it smartly. Instead, Imrul Kayes was bowled by Warrican for 1 when flirting outside off stump, Soumya Sarkar edged Chase to slip with an airy drive and Mominul Haque was pinned when playing backwards to the same bowler. At 32/3 the need of the hour was patience, but Shakib inexplicably slog-swept Warrican straight to deep midwicket to make it 35/4.

Mohammad Mithun had no idea how to play Devendra Bishoo and was bowled as Bangladesh lost half their side for 53.

Stumps: Bangladesh 324 and 55/5 lead West Indies 246 (Dowrish 63*, Hetmyer 63, Hasan 5/61) by 133 runs