Bangladesh's tour of West Indies 2022

Six down for 115, Bangladesh risk innings defeat

Najmul Hossain Shanto
Najmul Hossain Shanto plays a defensive shot during the third day of the first Test against West Indies at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on June 18, 2022. Photo: AFC

Bangladesh lost four wickets for 65 runs on the third morning of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda on Saturday, risking an innings-defeat within three days.

At Lunch, Bangladesh were 115 for six, still trailing West Indies' total by 47 runs. 

Left-handed batter Najmul Hossain Shanto was the first to depart, falling to a Kyle Mayers delivery which came in and kicked a bit off the surface, taking an outside edge to the slip cordon. Shanto's departure reduced the visitors to 64 for three.

Shanto survived 45 deliveries for 17 runs. Joy was joined in the middle by former captain Mominul Haque, who was looking for some runs after being stripped off his captaincy recently.

Mominul, however, didn't last long. Having survived an inswinging delivery from Mayers, which went for four streaky runs, the left-hander eventually succumbed to another inswinger from Mayers soon. 

The former captain decided to take the review after being hit on the pad, but the DRS returned umpire's call, with the impact in line and the ball just hitting the leg-stump.  

Mominul Haque (L) calls for a review on his dismissal by Kyle Mayers. Photo: AFP

The 29-year-old has scored a grand total of 28 runs in his last nine innings; his average hovering above 37, which once was above 60 not that long ago.  

It looked as if Liton Das would provide some resistance in company of a patient Joy. However, after stroking a few gorgeous boundaries, Liton chased one way outside off stump against Kemar Roach, causing his downfall for just 17. Bangladesh were 100 for four at that stage, precariously close to an innings defeat.

Joy's long vigil, featuring 42 runs off 153 deliveries, came to an end when he poked at a Roach delivery, away from his body, with wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva taking a diving catch.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan (5) and wicketkeeper-batter Nurul Hasan Shohan (2) were in the middle when Lunch was taken.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 103 in their first innings and in reply, West Indies amassed 265. The visitors started third day on 50 for two, with Shanto and Mahmudul Hasan Joy resuming the action.