It has been a topsy turvy Test match thus far with neither team in particular hurry to stamp their mark. And the outcome, therefore, continues to remain an intriguing mystery on the third day of the second Test at Grenada.
Kemar Roach was having the time of his life. His six wicket haul meant that Bangladesh did not get away from West Indies despite restricting them to 237, that too because of Travis Dowlin’s outstanding effort to get to ninety-five.
Bangladesh had plenty of fits and starts but none that went beyond Raqibul Hasan’s forty-four and Mushfiqur Rahim’s forty-eight. It helped Bangladesh recover from seven for 157 to 232 all out, just five runs short of West Indies’ first innings score.
What it meant that West Indies would have to significantly improve from their first innings batting if they were to bat Bangladesh out of the match.
Once again Dowlin was pressed into action, making forty-nine runs as Bangladesh’s stand in captain, Shakib Al Hasan for Mashrafe Mortaza, picked up four scalps. Enamul Haque Jr picked up the key wicket of Dowlin as well as that of Darren Sammy who partnered briefly with David Bernard, batting on his Test half century, that took West Indies from five for 110 to 166.
Bangladesh were unhappy over the West Indies’ running on the field as the match assumed tenseness. Rain intervened in the final over before tea, taking West Indies to 192 for eight,just two short of the 200 target with two wickets remaining.