Bangladesh struggling at tea
KHULNA, Bangladesh – West Indian spinner Veerasammy Permaul ended a brisk knock of 52 by Nasir Hossain to leave Bangladesh tottering at 186-6 at tea on the opening day of the second and final Test in Khulna on Thursday.
Hossain's dominating 68-ball knock with eight boundaries and a six ended three overs before tea, breaking a solid 87-run partnership between him and captain Mushfiqur Rahim that lifted Bangladesh from a precarious 98-5.
At the interval Rahim was unbeaten on 32 and with him Mohammad Mahmudullah was yet to get off the mark.
Bangladesh, who won the toss and batted, partly recovered through Hossain who followed his 96 in the first Test with another aggressive half-century before losing his patience and getting caught at mid-on.
West Indian captain Darren Sammy had helped derail the home team by dismissing Shahariar Nafees (26) opener Tamim Iqbal (32) in quick succession in the morning.
It was fellow paceman Fidel Edwards who further reduced the home team in the second over after lunch, removing first Test centurion Naeem Islam (16) and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (17) in successive overs.
Bangladesh, who trail 0-1 in the series after losing the first Test by 77 runs in Dhaka, never got the desired start to kick off strongly in the match they needed to win to level the series.
Nazimuddin, brought in for failed opener Junaid Siddique, fell to a short ball from paceman Edwards – replacing Ravi Rampaul in the tourists' line-up Ä in the third over of the innings after scoring just four.
Iqbal and Nafees batted sensibly to add 59 for the second wicket but Sammy struck twice to give the West Indies the upper hand.
Nafees edged a wide delivery to the wicket-keeper while Iqbal was bowled off a sharp incoming delivery. – Sapa-AFP