Ban vs Windies 1st test report. West Indies took a 162-run lead in the first innings. The hosts were bowled out for 285, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz taking 4 for 59. Windies lost the last 6 wickets by 6 runs.
On the first day of the Antigua Test, Bangladesh’s bowling was admirable. Mostafizur Rahman, who returned to the Test team after more than a year, has led it. Even today, Shakib handed over the ball to Mostafiz in the hope of getting a new ball. But despite not getting that controlled bowling from Mostafiz, Bangladesh managed to stop West Indies within an hour of the last session courtesy of Khaled Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Ibadat Hossain.
Before the second new ball became old, Shakib bowled another fast bowler Khaled Ahmed. In the end the desired wicket comes from the hand of Khaled. West Indies captain Craig Brafet fell into the lbw trap for a personal 94 runs. The remaining two wickets of the second session came in the great off-spin of Miraz.
West Indies captain Brafet started the second session of the day with a personal 65 runs. He was tackling the challenge of the new ball and was on his way to another century. With Braft’s innings, West Indies’ first innings lead was also getting longer. Khaled came and stopped the run from one end and created pressure. He was using as much grass as there is in the wicket. Khaled was a consistent out-of-stump right-handed batsman. From there, sometimes fake ball, sometimes seaming has confused the delivery.
He got the gift of continuity in the 90th over of the innings. The ball coming in from the outside of the off stump bends down and hits Braft’s pad. Brafet, who played 94 balls and scored 94 runs, became LBW. This is the sixth time in Test cricket that Braffet has been knocked out. Khaled could have got the wicket earlier. The knuckle ball, made in almost the same line, touches the cover of Blackwood’s bat. But the point and cover fielder ran but could not reach the ball.
On the other hand, Blackwood could have been out in the 98th over by Mirage. The Windies vice-captain survived because the umpire did not give out on LBW’s strong plea. Although Miraz wanted to take a review, Shakib did not take a review from the first slip due to the reluctance of co-captain Liton Das. As seen in the TV replay later, Blackwood was out. Ibadat also found the outside-edge of Blackwood in the 100th over of the innings. But the ball goes out of the reach of the slip fielders. Playing 121 balls, Blackwood completed his half century.
However, the West Indies were not at ease at that time. Ibadat-Miraz duo in comfortably advanced Windies innings. Shakib brought Miraz to bowl after seeing left-arm Kyle Meyers at the crease after Braft’s departure. Earlier, in international cricket, Miraz dismissed Meyers three times. Meyers, who scored 7 runs in the 101st over, was caught in the lbw trap and won the match again. Miraz did not have to wait long for his second wicket after opening the wicket book. In the next over, he found Joshua da Silver outside-edge. The Windies wicketkeeper had to return to the dressing room after scoring 1 off 9 balls.
After the tea break, Miraz got his third wicket in the third over Aljari Joseph was out-aged without a run off 15 balls. Nurul Hasan’s catch behind the wicket was also quite good. In the next over, Ibadat tempted Kemar Roach to drive with a ball just outside the off stump, Liton Das did not make a mistake in the slip. Ban vs Windies report for every ball.
Blackwood then proceeded with Gurakesh Moti. Miraz also contributed to his wicket, he jumped to the left in the cover with Khaled’s ball and took a great catch. West Indies vice-captain Feren scored 63 off 139 balls.
Ban vs Windies Test. Miraz’s next victim, Jayden Sills, went to sweep LBW. Siles took the review, but it didn’t work. Moti remained unbeaten on 23 off 21 balls.
Source: Prothom Alo