2nd Test: Tigers behind after Roach's rampage

A day that promised much for Bangladesh ended with West Indies 56 for one in their second innings and leading by 61 on Day 2 of the 2nd Test.

updated: July 19, 2009 16:30 IST
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A day that promised much for Bangladesh ended with West Indies 56 for one in their second innings and leading by 61, after impressive bowling from Kemar Roach kept the hosts in the second and final Test.

Bangladesh were dismissed for 232, replying to West Indies first innings total of 237, with Roach finishing with the flattering figures of six wickets for 48 runs from 23.5 overs on the second day of the Test at the Queen's Park Stadium Complex on Saturday.

"It was a fine performance, a magical moment for me," said the 21-year-old Roach. "I have a passion for West Indies cricket. I wanted to play for West Indies. It was always my dream, and I am glad to have been given this chance, and to be here.

"I think I can live-up to the expectations which people have for me. I think I have a lot more of these performances left in me. I want to prove to people it's not just luck or chance of doing well early, but I want to do it throughout my career, and the only way to prove it is through taking wickets.

He added: "I put a lot more effort into my bowling and bowled a few more short balls because I realised that they were worrying the Bangladeshis. It was more about bowling smart - doing the right things at the right time.

"We now have a really good chance of winning this Test match and squaring the series, and I am confident that the guys will get the job done."

In an hour-and-a-half before the close, Shakib Al Hasan managed to scalp opener Dale Richards lbw for 12 to set West Indies back, but Bangladesh missed a chance to tighten the noose, when Tamim Iqbal put down Travis Dowlin on nought at slip off Mahmudullah.

Earlier, several Bangladesh batsmen got starts without carrying on - Mushfiqur Rahim hit the top score of 48, Raqibul Hasan made 44, Tamim Iqbal got 37, and Mahmudullah added 28.

But every time Bangladesh seemed to be fortifying their position in the match, West Indies would fight back with Roach taking a leading role, after the Tigers continued from their bedtime total of 35 without loss.

They came under pressure from early and slid to 134 for five at lunch.

Night-watchman Enamul Haque was a sacrificial lamb, and became the second of five dismissals for wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton when he was caught down the leg-side off Roach for 13 in the first half hour.

The Tigers found scoring difficult against tidy bowling from the Caribbean side and wobbled to 77 for four.

Tamim Iqbal, a century-maker in the opening Test, was caught behind off Dave Bernard Jr, and Junaid Siddique was bowled for seven when he chopped on a delivery from Ryan Austin.

Mohammad Ashraful joined Raqibul and stemmed the fall of wickets before he cut a short ball from let-arm spinner Ryan Hinds and was caught at backward point for 12 to leave the Tigers on 106 for five.

Shakib and Raqibul stabilised the Bangladeshi innings, but things began to unravel for the visitors after lunch in the fae of the Roach onslaught.

Raqibul was struck on his left elbow by a short, lifting delivery from Roach, and required the physio to nurse him back to life.

Two balls later, he wafted at a wide half-volley and was caught behind, and two overs later, Shakib was caught at mid-wicket to set Bangladesh back on 157 for seven.

After the break, the Bangladeshis' frailty against fast bowling was cruelly exposed, when West Indies captain Floyd Reifer turned to Roach and Tino Best, his two fastest bowlers, to hasten the end of the innings.

Mushfiqur was the first to surrender as a pitched delivery followed a pair of bouncers, driving loosely after putting on a valuable 62 with Mahmudullah.

The rest of the Bangladesh batting offered token resistance only, as West Indies claimed their last three wickets for 13 runs.

Bangladesh lead the two-Test series 1-0, after they won the opening Test which ended last Monday in St. Vincent by 95 runs.

The Tigers need only to draw the match to clinch their first-ever Test series victory overseas.