Twitter Reactions: Nkrumah Bonner stands tall on Day 1 as Bangladesh and West Indies share honours

Twitter Reactions: Nkrumah Bonner stands tall on Day 1 as Bangladesh and West Indies share honours

The first day of the second Test between Bangladesh and West Indies witnessed a seesaw battle.

Nkrumah Bonner
Nkrumah Bonner. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

In what can be termed as a ‘seesaw’ day, where the fortunes swung wildly between the two sides, the West Indies finished Day 1 of the second Test against Bangladesh with their scorecard reading 223/5. Nkrumah Bonner, who came in to bat in the 34th over defiantly held fort for the entire day, to lend stability to his side.

The right-hander finished the day unbeaten on 74 and frustrated the Bangladesh bowlers by consuming 173 deliveries. Giving him company out in the middle is wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva, who is unbeaten on 22. As far as the Bangladeshi bowlers are concerned, Abu Jayed and Taijul Islam scalped two wickets each, while Soumya Sarkar, who came into the side instead of the injured Shakib Al Hasan scalped a solitary wicket.

West Indies start well, but then lose the plot

The West Indies won the toss in the morning and had no hesitation in batting first. And, their openers, John Campbell and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite vindicated the decision by putting on a solid partnership of 66 runs for the first wicket. But then, just when it looked as if the duo would go on to stitch together a massive partnership, Campbell perished for 36 as he was caught in front of the stumps by Taijul Islam.

A flurry of wickets soon followed as the visitors lost their next three wickets for the addition of only 50 runs. Shayne Moseley dragged the ball onto his stumps to give Abu Jayed his first wicket of the match. Brathwaite followed Moseley to the dugout, as he edged Soumya Sarkar to the slip cordon. Kyle Mayers was unable to repeat his first Test heroics, as he was dismissed for just 5 by Abu Jayed.

Jermaine Blackwood and Bonner kept the Bangladesh bowlers at bay for 24.1 overs and put on a partnership of 62 runs for the fifth wicket. But then, off the last ball of the 72nd over, Taijul Islam removed Blackwood. The right-hander hit the red cherry straight back to the bowler, and Islam accepted the offering with glee to pick up his second wicket of the day.

However, Bangladesh could not make further inroads into the West Indian batting line up, as the duo of Bonner and Da Silva played out the remaining 18 overs. With the series on the line, the first session of the second day will be extremely crucial for both sides.

As far as personnel changes are concerned, Bangladesh made as many as 3 of them. Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shadman Islam who took the field for the first Test were replaced by Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, and Abu Jayed. The West Indies made just a solitary change to their side from the last game, as Alzarri Joseph replaced Kemar Roach.

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