Day 3 of the second test between West Indies and Bangladesh: Kemar Roach runs through the top order for West Indies.
On the third day of the second and final Test, senior bowler Kemar Roach became just the sixth West Indian to record 250 Test wickets by decimating the top order of Bangladesh’s second innings to put his team in a position to win.
On Sunday’s third day of the second and final Test at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St. Lucia, Kemar Roach, a senior bowler, became just the sixth West Indian to record 250 Test wickets by decimating the top order of Bangladesh’s second innings to put his team in position to win. At 132 for six in their second innings and needing another 42 runs to escape an innings loss after Kyle Mayers’ top score of 146 spearheaded the West Indies’ first innings total of 408 at the end of the short day. The unfortunate visitors were led by Roach’s three wickets.
Kemar Roach made amends the second time around by taking the wickets of Tamim Iqbal. Opening partner Mahmudul Hasan Joy. And Anamul Haque knocked the south Asians back at 32 for three. Kemar Roach was positioned on 249 wickets after his “Man of the Match” performance in the first Test but wicketless through the visitors’ first innings of 234 on Friday.
Another series of showers provided another brief reprieve.
Although there was a brief respite, Alzarri Joseph’s pace and bounce unnerved the batsmen to take the wickets of Shakib al Hasan, the captain, and Najmul Hossain Shanto. Jayden Seales also chipped in by dismissing Liton Das, an experienced batsman.
In order to hold on until close, which arrived earlier than expected due to more rain. Wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were left.
Once again mercilessly exposed for their discomfort on these types of playing surfaces. Not even the forecast of more precipitation over the ensuing two days looks to be able to prevent them from suffering another crushing loss and a 2-0 series loss.
Khaled Ahmed claimed his first five-wicket innings haul in Test cricket as the West Indies were eventually dismissed after lunch. Giving the Bangladeshis, who were routed by seven wickets in the first Test in Antigua a week earlier. At least a brief moment of utter satisfaction on another otherwise disappointing day.
The medium-pacer, who had earlier claimed the early wickets of Raymon Reifer and Nkrumah Bonner. Dismissed Joseph in the morning session that was cut short by rain before dismissing Mayers for 146 and subsequently having last man Seales caught behind to complete with five for 106 from 31.3 overs.
With 340 for five at the start of the day, West Indies was in a strong position. However, things took a turn for the worst when Joshua da Silva, who had made 29 in a 96-run sixth-wicket partnership with Mayers, was caught leg-before by Mehidy.
As the wickets fell at the other end, Kemar Roach entered the fray after Joseph’s equally quick demise to Khaled. Kemar Roach finished undefeated on 18.
Mayers’ second Test century, which followed his historic unbeaten 210 on debut against the same opposition in Chattogram in February of last year. Lasted just over five hours. He faced 208 deliveries, and hit 18 fours and two sixes. And was eighth out when he lifted a catch off Khaled to Shoriful Islam at mid-on.
Mayers reflected on his inning, saying, I just wanted to maintain playing my game. Which is to be counter-attacking and remain on top of the bowling throughout the innings. “It basically comes down to making quick decisions with my strokeplay and when the defense is required. I put everything I have into it.
When Tamim attempted an expansive off-drive for wicketkeeper da Silva to collect the catch and give Kemar Roach the prized 250th Test wicket. Edging him ahead of illustrious fast bowler Michael Holding, any hope of top-order Bangladesh resistance in the second innings vanished.
As the rain began to fall once more. He then had Anamul declared LBW after having Hasan Joy taken by Jermaine Blackwood and a third slip.
Roach, who entered the fourth day of the match with 252 wickets, will be eager for more success to not only guarantee a convincing victory for the West Indies but also bring him closer to fellow Barbadian and another fast bowling legend of the past, Joel Garner, who currently holds the fifth-best total of 259 wickets in West Indian history.
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