Windies vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Review: Clinical Windies humiliate visitors in Antigua
Windies beat Bangladesh by an innings and 219 runs.
Updated - Jul 7, 2018 1:03 am
Team Windies made a short work of the visiting Bangladeshi side in the first Test at Antigua. They took just 7 sessions to complete a comprehensive victory. The hosts had almost everything going their way throughout the course of the game. Having won the toss, they humiliated the Bangladesh batting lineup big time. The visitors bundled out for a mere 43 – their lowest ever Test score.
Right from that very moment, the Shakib Al Hasan-led side was only playing the catching game in the match. On the third day, when the players strolled out on the park, the Windies bowlers had only four wickets to scalp to seal the game. They took just a session to finish off the proceedings and seal a thumping innings and 219 runs win. Now, the action moves to Jamaica for the second Test of the tour. Needless to concede, it will be an uphill task for the visitors.
Commenting on the game in Antigua, team Bangladesh meekly surrendered in the first innings. They were bundled out for a paltry 43 in under 19 overs. The wrecker-in-chief during the innings was Kemar Roach, who bowled a phenomenal spell with the new ball. The Bangladeshi batters seemed to have no answers to Roach’s probing spell that finished with numbers of 5/8.
Liton Das was the only batsman who got in to the double figures in the innings as he top scored for his side with 25 to his credit. Meanwhile, Roach found ideal support from Miguel Cummins and Jason Holder who bagged three and two wickets respectively.
In response, the Windies batters only added to the misery of the visiting side. Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith added 113 runs for the first wicket as they reached their individual fifties. While Smith perished after scoring 58, Brathwaite went on to compile a fine ton. He top scored for the hosts with 121 to his name in 291 deliveries. Meanwhile, other batsmen chipped in with crucial contributions too.
Shai Hope scored a defining 67, and Kieran Powell added a rather quick 48 to the team’s total. Towards the end of the innings, Holder and Roach added 33 runs each to take the Windies total to 406. With a lead in excess of 350 runs, the match headed in only one direction.
Bangladesh only had the hopes of delaying the end result. Much to their disappointment, their batsmen failed to put up any kind of resistance yet again. By the end of day two, they were seen stuttering at 50/6. They stared at yet another humiliation. Had there not been a fighting 64 from Nurul Hasan in the innings, things would have been worse for the visitors.
The innings eventually folded for 144 with Shannon Gabriel being the pick of the bowlers with 5/77 to his name. Jason Holder scalped 3 wickets, and Miguel Cummins pocketed two wickets as well. Kemar Roach, for his lovely spell of fast bowling on day 1, was adjudged the Man of the Match as Windies won by an innings and 219 runs.
Bangladesh 43/10 (Liton 25, Roach 5/8, Cummins 3/11)
Windies 406/10 (Brathwaite 121, Hope 67, Jayed 3/84, Mehidy 3/101)
Bangladesh 144/10 (Nurul 64, Rubel 16, Gabriel 5/77, Holder 3/30)