Padma Bridge Test Series
West Indies VS Bangladesh 2nd Test
Played at Daren Sami Stadium St Vincent from 25-29 June 2022
Brief Score Card
Bangladesh 1st Innings All Out 234 In 64.2 Overs (Litton Kumar Das 53, Tamim Iqbal 46, Shoriful Islam 26, Nazmul Hasan Shanto 26, Anamul Haq Bijoy 23, Ebadat Hossain 21*, Aljarri Joseph 3/50, Jayden Seales 3/53, Anderson Philip 2/30, Kayle Mayers 2/35)
Bangladesh 2nd Innings 186 All Out in 45 Overs (Nurul Hasan Sohan 60*, Nazmul Hasan Shanto 42, Litton K Das 19, Mahmudul Hasan Joy 18, Shakib Al Hasan 16, Jayden Seales 32/1, Kemar Roach 3/54, Aljarri Joseph 3/57,
West Indies 1st Innings 340/5 in 106 Overs (Kyle Meyers 146, Kraigg Brathwaite 51, John Campbell 45, Blackwood 40, Jashua de Silva 29, Khaled Ahmed 5/106, Mehedy Meraj 3/91, Shoriful 2/76)
West Indies 2nd Innings 13/0
West Indies Won the test by 10 Wickets
West Indies Won the 2 Matches Test Series 2-0
Player of the Match and Player of The Series: Kayle Mayers
Bangladesh Cricket team suffered yet another test series whitewash losing the second test at Darren Sammy Stadium at St Vincent by 10 wickets.
Incidentally, it was the 100th test loss of Bangladesh recorded in 134 tests it played in 22 years since achieving test status on 26 June 2000. Bangladesh was staring at series whitewash at stumps of day three being reduced to 132/6 in the second innings. Bangladesh conceded a first innings lead of 174. The possibility of another innings defeat was also looming.
Two sessions of play were wiped out for wet outfield. Nurual Shohan batting in T20 mode could lead Bangladesh avoiding innings defeat scoring strokes full 60 in 50 deliveries. Bangladesh scored 186 setting a nominal target of 13 for West Indies. WI cruised over the target in 2.5 overs. With this West Indies recorded 8 wins in 10 bilateral series. West Indies has 13-4-win loss record in their favor. Two tests ended in draw.
If we look back in retrospect, we find that Bangladesh batting in one day style in both the innings. In the first they got shot out for 234 all out in 64.2 Overs Tamim Iqbal (46) and Litton Das (53) got in and got out. If one of them and Shakib could apply scoring 320-350 was not out of their reach. West Indies on the other hand showed to Bangladesh how to bat in test matches.
Brilliant 146 by Kayle Mayers and three partnerships (100 in the 1st wicket, 116 in the 5th and 97 in 6th) facilitated West Indies taking a huge lead of 174. Bangladesh bowled exceddingly well. But West Indies batsmen applied. Khaled (5/106), Miraj (3/91) were the peak of Bangladesh bowlers, second innings of Bangladesh was no different.
Something is very wrong with Bangladesh batting. Again, the top and bottom less batting of Bangladesh was exposed naked. Six wickets went down for 116. Even Tamim and Shakib could not show character. Only Sohan in desperate bid to avoiding the ignominy of innings defeat played a flamboyant unbeaten innings of 60. Bangladesh could present a nominal target of 13.
The feature of Bangladesh second innings was brilliant new ball bowling of Khemar Rocah taking the first three wickets. With the first he earned his coveted 250 test wickets. He finished at 3/44. Seales 3/21 and Joseph 3/57 bowled with pace and penetration.
The pathetic state of Bangladesh in test cricket continued. Pace bowling appeared to improve steadily but batting never looked suitable for test match at all. We are not sure present BCB management has the capability or expertise for planning and implement strategy for sustainable improvement of test team. Bangladesh cannot bat at home and on tour.
They can neither bat on pacey and bouncy wickets, nor on turning track. Engaging expensive foreign coaching staff Bangladesh did not get any benefit at all. Domestic longer version cricket formats and matches cannot nurse quality cricketers for test matches.
It is said that a day after the 22nd anniversary of test status Bangladesh suffered the 100th test loss playing 134. It is by far the highest match loss ratio. We are not sure how the test series loss will impact on white ball series? Time has come for sports ministry setting accountability for BCB.
West Indies cricket is getting Back to right gear. Test team is showing stability. In T20 WI is always a team to reckon with. Several young players will soon make the ODI team competitive as well. They have a definite plan in a process which Bangladesh do not have.
BDST: 1020 HRS, JUNE 28, 2022