Bangladesh crash to their lowest total after Roach’s five


Fast bowler Kemar Roach took five wickets in the first hour to raze Bangladesh for 43 in 18.4 overs – their lowest in Test cricket. Roach’s five-for included the wickets Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah – the core of Bangladesh’s batting line-up. Forty minutes after Roach’s sensational spell of of 5-1-8-5, Miguel Cummins and captain Jason Holder claimed the rest of the five wickets.

Kemar Roach celebrates a wicket (AFP photo)

In response, West Indies went to lunch unscathed at 9 for 0.

After Holder had sent the visitors to bat, Roach and Shannon Gabriel bowled with great consistency, taking advantage of a pitch that had some grass and a bit of moisture. The pair kept Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das under pressure by subtly varying their lines and using the short and the full ball to good effect.

Roach took the first wicket when he squared up Tamim Iqbal and found the outside edge in the fifth over after threatening both the edges. It was the 10th time Roach had dismissed Tamim in international cricket, but he wasn’t done yet.

Mominul Haque then edged to gully, where Shai Hope took a simple catch in the next over, before Roach removed Shakib, Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah in the space of four balls in his fifth over. This, despite struggling with a knee injury, for which he needed medical attention. He eventually hobbled off the field, but Holder and Cummins took over after the first hour. Liton, who was trying to slog even the full balls outside off, fell for 25, attempting a similar shot against Cummins. Nurul Hasan was dismissed in the same over as Bangladesh fell to 34 for 7 in 14 overs.

Cummins then took his third wicket in his next over, getting Mehidy Hasan Miraz caught at second slip by Devon Smith. Kamrul Islam Rabbi and debutant Abu Jayed predictably didn’t last long, nor did their more illustrious team-mates. (ESPNCricinfo)


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