A sensational bowling spell from West Indies pacer Kemar Roach has put his team in total control against Bangladesh as the host nation totally dominated on the inaugural day of the first Test of the series.
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The touring nation were bundled up well before lunch as the Bangladeshi batsmen set an unwanted record of their lowest ever Test score of just 43 runs.
Kemar Roach put up a scintillating display as he bowled five overs including one maiden in which he gave just eight runs and picked up first five crucial wickets.
Three of Roach’s wickets came in the incredible ninth over in just a space of just four deliveries, where Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah all departed without opening their accounts.
The next three wickets were taken by Miguel Cummins (3-11) and the next two were bagged by the captain Jason Holder (2-10), as the dominance continued to tame the Tigers in just 18.4 overs.
It was only opener Liton Das (25) who went on to make a double figure score, but failed to get any support from the other end as the team were forced to take to the field prior to lunch in Antigua.
Bangladesh needed to deal the same amount of damage with the ball to avoid humiliation, but they even failed to do so.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite (88 not out) and Devon Smith (58) made a century stand before the first wicket fell as they individually surpassed the opponent team’s total.
After Smith went to Abu Jayed, Kieran Powell (48) started to build the innings as he hit seven fours before falling short of a half-century as he got caught off the bowling of Mahmudullah.
But Brathwaite’s unbeaten knock from 204 balls ensured that the Windies end the day with 201 runs on board with the loss of 2 wickets and an imposing advantage of 158 runs over their opponents.
Bangladesh: 43/10 in 18.4 overs (Liton Das 25, Rubel Hossain 6, Kemar Roach 5/8)
West Indies: 201/2 in 68 overs (K Brathwaite 88*, Devon Smith 58, Mahmudullah 1/6
West Indies lead by 158 runs