At the stumps, on day two of the second Test at Kingston in Jamaica, Windies successfully managed to extend their lead — to 224 runs against depleted-looking Bangladesh.
However, the Tigers made a superb comeback in the game as their bowlers put a great show on the field. They started off the day with a grandiose effort and ended it on a brighter note.
Windies while batting first scored 354 runs with the help of Kraigg Brathwaite’s magnificent ton Shimron Hetymer with 86, Shai Hope and Kieran Powel with 29 each were the other top scorers.
Eventually, once again Holder led his team from the front as he remained unbeaten on 33.
However, Bangladesh in response could only manage 149 runs. Experienced campaigner and top-order batsman Tamim Iqbal was the top scorer with 47.
Interestingly, five of the Bangladeshi batsman returned to the pavilion after registering a duck. It was Holder, who dismantled Bangladesh with a five-wicket haul.
Another star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored 32 and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim got 24 runs. But they couldn’t do much to take Bangladesh out of the troubled waters.
With a lead of 201 runs in the first innings, Windies skipper Jason Holder didn’t opt for the follow-on. In the second outings, Caribbean put 19 on the board for the loss of one wicket.
In the last over of the day, Shakib produced a classic delivery which eventually befuddled Brathwaite. He scored just eight runs. Devon Smith is playing carefully alongside the newcomer Keemo Paul who joined the crease as the nightwatchman.
Despite losing ten overs throughout the day due to a poor over rate, Bangladesh managed to come back successfully.
With the menace, Shannon Gabriel brought to the side, Windies batsmen captivated yet again. Till now, it was a battle between Holder’s grittiness and Bangladesh’s ineptness.
Unlike Antigua, the pitch did justice equally to the seam and spin regardless of visitors getting bowled at a paltry score of 149 runs.