Bowlers keep Bangladesh in the match

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Bangabandhu Test Series 2021

Day 3, First Test

Venue : Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium

Toss : Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first.

Bangladesh : 430/10 in 150.2 overs (Miraz 103, Shakib 68, Shadman 59; Warrican 4/133, Cornwall 2/114, Bonner 1/16) & 47/3 in 20 overs (2nd innings) (Mominul 31*, Mushfiqur 10*, Shadman 5; Cornwall 2/28, Gabriel 1/13)

West Indies : 259/10 in 96.1 overs (Brathwaite 76, Blackwood 68, Joshua 42; Miraz 4/58, Mustafizur 2/46, Nayeem 2/54)

An exciting day of Test cricket in Chattogram witnessed 11 wickets fell in the third day of first Test. Despite losing couple of wickets in the last session, Tigers ended the day on top with a lead of 218 runs after bowling out West Indies for 259 in the first innings.

Earlier of the morning Bangladesh had the perfect start as Taijul Islam struck in the first ball of the day to dismiss Bonner for 17. Before lunch the visitors lost two more wickets including highest scorer Brathwaite for 76. Bangladesh were looking for a big first innings lead as spinners put pressure from both ends to the batsmen.

But after the lunch Blackwood and Joshua fought-back as the pair made an 99-run stand. Finally Nayeem Hasan broke the partnership by removing Joshua for 42. From there West Indies lost their last 6 wickets for just six runs to all out for 259. After scoring a brilliant century in the first innings, it was Miraz again with the ball who claimed 4 wickets for 58 to keep his team in the match.

Despite taking a healthy first innings lead of 171 runs, Bangladesh were in all sorts of trouble after losing Tamim Iqbal and Najmul Hossain for just 2 runs on the board. Shadman Islam also got out after scoring 5 as Bangladesh were reduced to 33 for 3. Skipper Mominul Haque then played the rest of the day’s play with Mushfiqur Rahim and remained unbeaten on 31 and 10 respectuvely. Cornwall picked up 2 wickets for 28.