The West Indies had a great start to the day. In the first hour, they picked up the team’s fifty, that too in just 15 overs. It seemed that the first day of the second Test of the series in Dhaka would be their absolute dominance. But the bowlers of the host Bangladesh team blocked it. Abu Zayed Rahi and Taizul Islam did not let the possession of the match be completely lost with the breakthrough at the crucial time.
The Caribbeans batted on the first day of today’s (Thursday) second match with the confidence of winning the first Test of the series in Chittagong. Enkrumah Bonner picked up the fifth by setting an example of continuity. Craig Brathwaite and John Campbell also got runs. However, they could not make the innings big, and this time the hero of the previous match Kyle Myers failed.
Overall, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat, losing 5 wickets in 90 overs on the first day of the Dhaka Test. The goal of the Bangladesh team will be to get them out quickly on the second day in the morning. On the other hand, the Caribbeans will have their eyes on the big collection riding on the willow of set batsman Bonner.
Caribbean captain Craig Brathwaite did not think twice before deciding to bat before winning the toss, seeing the sun peeking through the fog in the morning. The West Indies have not made their debut for the first time on the tour. Kemar Roach was replaced by another fast bowler Aljhari Joseph in the XI.
Left-arm opener Campbell has been batting confidently and positively with the captain from the beginning. Brathwaite hit two runs in the first ball of the innings and a boundary in the fourth ball. Campbell saw the first boundary in the fourth over of the innings. Later, one offensive shot after another started coming from his bat.
Bangladesh started bowling with Abu Zayed Rahi as the only fast bowler to replace left-arm pacer Mostafizur Rahman. Offspinner Mehdi Hasan Miraj shared the new ball with him. Neither of them could use the movement of the new ball. Mirage has made one or two short length deliveries in almost every over. Rahi, on the other hand, initially struggled to find line-length, but gradually continued to bowl at specific locations.