A tough day for the bowlers

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Bangabandhu Test Series 2021

Day 1, Second Test

Venue : Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.

Toss : West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first.

West Indies : 223/5 in 90 overs (Bonner 74*, Brathwaite 47, Campbell 32; Abu Jayed 2/46, Taijul 2/64, Soumya 1/30)

An entertaining first day of the second Test between Bangladesh and West Indies ended with both teams at level. At stumps, West Indies posted 223 for 5.

Bangladesh made three changes in the playing XI from the first match. Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun and Abu Jayed Rahi came in the side replacing Shadmad Islam, Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman.

Winning the toss, West Indies opted to bat first. Captain Brathwaite backed up his decision with a solid 66-run opening stand with Campbell. Both looked dangerous and finally it was Taijul Islam who broke the partnership by removing Campbell for 32. After the lunch break Tigers put more pressure on the visitors as they lose 3 quick wickets and reduced to 116 for 4.

Since then Bonner and Blackwood fought-back with a 62 runs stand in the fifth wicket. Taijul again came to the rescue as he dismissed Blackwood for 28. Bowlers created couple of chances before end of the day’s play but failed to break the partnership between Bonner and Joshua. Bonner remained unbeaten on 74 and Joshua was on 22. Abu Jayed and Tajul both claimed 2 wickets each.