The makeshift West Indies team,missing all their first choice players due to a strike,produced an excellent morning session to have Bangladesh struggling at 121 for six at lunch on the second day of the first Test at Arnos Vale. Seamers Tino Best and David Bernard picked up two wickets each with Darren Sammy and Kemar Roach chipping in with a wicket apiece as Bangladesh fell victim once again to loose strokes and lack of concentration.
Resuming on 42-0 after the heavily rain-affected first day,the tourists lost both openers in quick succession as Tamim Iqbal went,caught by West Indies skipper Floyd Reifer at first slip off the impressive Best. Imrul Kayes,the top scorer so far with 33,then misjudged a Darren Sammy delivery,shouldering arms but being given out lbw as the ball nipped back.
Four more wickets fell before the break to ensure the West Indies have a good chance to restrict Bangladesh to a modest total – vital given the lack of test batting experience in the ad-hoc Caribbean selection. The 13-players originally selected by West Indies for the match all pulled out after their players union chose to boycott the game in a dispute over contracts and payments.
Brief scores (lunch): Bangladesh 121/6 in 54 overs (I Kayes 33,J Siddique 27; T Best 2 for 30,D Bernard 2 for 26) vs West Indies