Though Bangladesh bowlers made a strong comeback after the West Indies openers set up a positive start, one of the last Test victory heroes for the Caribbean team, Nkrumah Bonner once again batted strongly to end the opening day of the Dhaka Test in better way.
After winning the toss in this second and final Test of this series, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite chose to bat first. At the stumps of the first day, West Indies scored 223/5.
Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 2nd Test: Day 1 – Nkrumah Bonner’s bat controlled the day for the visitors
Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell provided a good start for the visitors. They put the crucial 66 runs partnership for the opening wicket. In the 21st over of the day, Taijul Islam finally brought the breakthrough after he trapped Campbell for lbw, who scored 36 runs off 68 balls (5 fours and only six). At lunch, West Indies were batting on 84/1, where captain Brathwaite scored 39 not out and Shayne Moseley was batting on 6 runs.
In the fifth over of the second session, Abu Jayed bowled Moseley (7) while the visitors only added three runs in that session.
Just three runs behind of half-century, skipper Brathwaite (47 off 122 balls; 4 fours) lost his wicket as Soumya Sarkar dismissed him after Najmul Hossain Shanto took a good catch at slip.
Inside the next half-an-hour, Abu Jayed took the crucial wicket of Kyle Mayers, who was the hero in the last Test by scoring an unbeaten double-century in the fourth innings. However, the other hero of that fourth innings, Nkrumah Bonner put the hosts into the fight on the first day of this Dhaka Test by producing his strong batting performance.
At tea, West Indies scored 146/4. In the crucial time, Bonner and Jermaine Blackwood put the 62 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. But Taijul Islam ended that partnership after he dismissed Blackwood (28) after he caught and bowled with a dive. Just some overs before that wicket, Bonner completed his second Test fifty and he continued strong batting for the day.
At the end of the day, while Bonner scored 74 not out off 173 balls (6 fours), wicket-keeper batsman Joshua Da Silva scored 20 not out off 45 balls (1 four). They have already put the 45 runs partnership for the unbroken sixth wicket.
Brief Scores: West Indies – 223/5 (Nkrumah Bonner 74*, Kraigg Brathwaite 47; Abu Jayed 2/46)