Saturday 18 July 2009 

Roach Keeps The West Indies In The Game

Roach Keeps The West Indies In The Game
Roach Keeps The West Indies In The Game
© Brookes La Touche Photography / digicelcricket.com
 

West Indies 237 & 56-1 (Dowlin 23no) v
Bangladesh 232 (Roach 6-48)

Second Test, Grenada, day two: stumps

Kemar Roach picked up six wickets to earn the West Indies a slim first innings lead over Bangladesh on day two of the second and final Test in Grenada, and by stumps, that lead was extended to 61 with the home side on 56 for one in their first innings.

Resuming on 35 for one having bowled the West Indies out for 237 on day one, Bangladesh were themselves bundled out for 232 with fast bowler Roach returning six for 48.

Roach struck early to remove nightwatchman Enamul Haque for 13, then removed the obdurate Roqibul Hasan, who made 44 in 103 balls before ripping through the lower order, dismissing Shakib Al Hasan (16), Mushfiqur Rahim (48), Mahmudullah (28) and Shahadat Hossain (0) to achieve his best bowling in any first-class match.

Tamim Iqbal, who scored a century in the first match in Saint Vincent, made just 37 before he was caught by wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton to give Dave Bernard a wicket and there was one scalp apiece for fellow medium pacer Darren Sammy and spinners Ryan Austin and Ryan Hinds as Bangladesh, chiefly through Roqibul and Mushfiqur, rallied to get within five runs of West Indies' score.

The West Indian openers Dale Richards (12) and Omar Phillips (17 not out) then put on 20 for the opening wicket before Richards was trapped in front by Shakib's left-arm spin.

Phillips faced 65 balls to survive until stumps alongside Travis Dowlin, who took advantage of an early drop by Zunaed Siddique to move to 23 before stumps were drawn.

Dowlin top scored with 95 in the West Indies' first innings and Bangladesh won the first Test by 95 runs following a player strike that continues to deprive the West Indian selectors of their major players.

© Cricket World 2009

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