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Windies take command on day two of second Test as Tigers falter


West Indies’ Shannon Gabriel (right) celebrates with team-mates after the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Najmul Hossain Shanto (not in frame) during the second day of their second Test in Dhaka on Friday. Agence France-Presse

Shannon Gabriel claimed two wickets and Alzarri Joseph complemented his brilliant batting with a prized scalp to put the West Indies firmly on top in the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday.

The West Indies reduced Bangladesh to 105-4 at stumps on the second day after posting 409 runs in their first innings on the back of half-centuries from Joshua Da Silva (92), Nkrumah Bonner (90) and Joseph (82).

Mushfiqur Rahim was batting on 27 alongside Mohammad Mithun at the close, helping Bangladesh prevent further embarrassment after the early damage. The hosts still required 104 runs to avoid the follow on.

Gabriel dismissed opener Soumya Sarkar for a duck in the first over of the innings and then removed one-down Najmul Hossain for four in the next over. Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque repaired the damage with 56-run for the third wicket before off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall struck.

Da Silva took the catch as Mominul fell for 21 runs.

Joseph dismissed Tamim in the next over for 44 runs to aggravate Bangladesh’s problems.

Da Silva, Joseph and Nkrumah Bonner all came close to centuries earlier as the West Indies dominated Bangladesh to add 186 runs in two sessions they batted before being all out.

After resuming on 223-5, Da Silva and Joseph added 118 runs for the seventh wicket after Bonner missed out on converting his overnight half-century, falling for his career-best knock.

Seamer Abu Jayed and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam finished with 4-98 and 4-108 respectively helping Bangladesh dismiss the West Indies on the stroke of the tea break. Mehidy Hasan denied Bonner his maiden Test century, dismissing him for 90 off 209 balls after the right-hander resumed on 74.  Mithun took a good catch at leg slip as Bonner departed after hitting seven boundaries, securing his second fifty in as many innings. Da Silva brought up his 50 in 86 balls with a reverse sweep off Mehidy before being bowled by Taijul for 92.

Joseph, who batted aggressively followed him soon afterwards, nicking Jayed to wicketkeeper Liton Das.  He struck eight fours and five sixes in his 108-ball innings. Jayed and Taijul soon wrapped up the West Indies innings by picking the wickets of Jomel Warrican (two) and Shannon Gabriel (eight).


West Indies first innings (overnight 223-5)
Brathwaite c Najmul b Soumya 47
John Campbell lbw b Taijul    36
Shayne Moseley b Jayed    7
Nkrumah Bonner b Mehidy    90
Kyle Mayers c Soumya    5
Blackwood  and b Taijul    28
Joshua Da Silva b Taijul    92
Alzarri Joseph c Liton b Jayed    82
Rahkeem Cornwall not out    4
Jomel Warrican c Liton b Jayed    2
Gabriel c Mushfiqur b Taijul    8

Extras (b4, lb 2, nb2)    8
Total (all out, 142.2)    409
Bowling: Jayed 28-6-98-4, Mehidy 33-9-75-1, Nayeem 24-3-74-0, Taijul 46.2-8-108-4 (nb2), Soumya 11-1-48-1

Bangladesh first innings
Tamim Iqbal c Moseley b Joseph    44
Soumya Sarkar b Gabriel    0
Najmul Hossain c Bonner b Gabriel4
Haque c Da Silva b Cornwall    21
Mushfiqur Rahim not out    27
Mohammad Mithun not out    6

Extras (nb 3)    3
Total (four wickets, 36 overs)    105
Bowling (till date) : Gabriel 8-2-31-2 (nb2), Cornwall 11-4-18-1, Joseph 8-1-34-1, Mayers 5-1-12-0, Warrican 4-1-10-0(nb1)

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