GROS-ISLET, Saint Lucia (AFP) – Kemar Roach was at his devastating best as Bangladesh were reduced to 104 for seven at stumps after the West Indies were dismissed for 380 in their first innings on the second day of the second and final Test on Sunday.
In two sustained, controlled spells, the fast bowler tore through the top-order of the tourists’ batting to finish with five for 33 – his sixth five-wicket innings haul in Test cricket.
Jerome Taylor joined in the rout with two wickets, including captain Mushfiqur Rahim to keep the pressure on the beleaguered Bangladeshis.
Only Tamim Iqbal offered any sustained resistance on a pitch that continues to offer assistance to the fast bowlers. He got to 48 before edging a probing delivery from Roach to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
Bangladesh go into day three needing another 76 runs to avoid the follow-on with Mahmudullah and tail-ender Shafiul Islam at the crease.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the fulcrum of the home side’s batting effort in the first half of the day, compiling an unbeaten 84 as the wickets fell around him once the fourth-wicket partnership with Darren Bravo was broken after an hour’s play.
Displaying greater discipline on a helpful pitch than on the first day, the Bangladesh seamers reaped considerable reward in the morning session.
Al-Amin Hossain claimed two wickets in two balls after Robiul Islam had Bravo caught at the wicket for 46.