Kemar Roach, Test Cricket
Kemar Roach (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kemar Roach ended up taking his tenth five-wicket haul in Test cricket, assisting West Indies in bowling out Bangladesh for 245 runs in the second innings. Roach topped Michael Holding’s record to become the West Indies’ joint-sixth highest wicket-taker in Test matches.

Following Roach’s outstanding second innings performance, the West Indies are on the verge of a Test victory with the first of a two-match series against Bangladesh at home.

Michael Holding [Image-Sky Sports]
Michael Holding [Image-Sky Sports]
Roach, who sparked Bangladesh’s downfall in the first innings by taking two wickets in his first two overs, struck again, this time with five wickets as they were knocked out for just 245 runs.
Roach took a little to get into his stride in the second innings when Alzarri Joseph and Kyle Mayers were controlling the roost, but once he did, the experienced Jamaican speedster only needed one wicket to get into his stride, and he has been all over the Bangladeshi batting line-up like a rash.

World Test Championship, Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Roach sucked the life out of Bangladesh’s batting after dismissing Liton Das. Shakib Al Hasan, the captain, and Nurul Hasan, the wicketkeeper, both reached their fifties and put up a valiant comeback. However, it was Roach’s day, as in his second spell, he claimed three quick wickets to dismiss the tourists and record his 10th five-wicket performance in the game’s longest format.

Kemar Roach is joint-sixth on the list of most wickets for West Indies:

Roach’s fifer matched Michael Holding’s score for the West Indies. After Courtney Walsh (519), Curtly Ambrose (405), Malcolm Marshall (376), Lance Gibbs (309), and Joel Garner, Roach ranks joint-sixth on the list of most wickets for the West Indies with 249 in 72 matches (259).

Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach[photo: Twitter]
Bangladesh was unable to extend their lead to 100 in the second innings due to Roach’s outstanding performance, and the hosts were set an 84-run goal to win the first Test. West Indies should favour themselves to chase down 35 more runs even if they were three down for 49 by stumps on Day 3.

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