Windies tumbled out for 237
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Scorecard:West Indies v Bangladesh
Player:TM Dowlin, DM Richards, RA Austin, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan
Event:Bangladesh in West Indies 2009

DateLine: 18th July 2009


Bangladesh started off in commanding fashion in their quest for a first ever series win away from home by dismissing West Indies for 237 on day one of the second Test.


Similar to the first Test at St Vincent it was again the Bangladeshi spinners who did the damage. Off-spinner Mahmudullah (3-44) and stand-in captain Shakib Al Hasan (3-59) again proved the nemesis for Windies batting.


Opener Dale Richards (69) and veteran Travis Dowlin (95), batting at three, did offer some resistance for the home side, but once they were dismissed not even one batsman crosses the 30 run mark.


The toss had to be crucial in damp and humid conditions at the National Cricket Stadium in St George, Grenada and Shakib-Al-Hasan had no hesitation in bowling first after calling correctly.


Spin took over from both the ends in as early as the 11th over and with it West Indies openers Richards and Omar Phillips were forced to generate their own pace on the ball.


It was Shakib who struck first when Phillips picked out Tamim Iqbal on the midwicket boundary for 23 before Richards and Dowlin steadied the innings.


The pair added a quickfire 44 for the second wicket as Richards brought up his 50 in the 19th over with a boundary off Shakib. He then meekly drove a return catch to Mahmudullah shortly after.


That was to be the first of two wickets to fall in three balls, Mahmudullah striking in almost identical fashion to remove the recalled Ryan Hinds (2).


Then a wicket procession began as Windies skipper Floyd Reifer made just one before he became Mahmudullah's third victim and this dismissal triggered the loss of four wickets for just 46 runs.


The only resistance then came from Dowlin, who playing in his second Test, took the fight to Bangladesh in the final session. He was ably supported by Ryan Austin as the pair added 59 for the eighth wicket.


Their stand was broken in bizarre circumstances when Austin (19) trod on his own stumps whilst fending a Shahadat Hossain delivery away on the on-side.


Dowlin closed in on a deserving century but was running out of partners as Tino Best was bowled by Enamul Haque Jnr for a four-ball duck and, five short of his century, he was last man out off Shakib's bowling.


Bangladesh lost opener Imrul Kayes (14), caught behind off Sammy (1-4), on the way to reaching stumps at 35-1 in reply.


Tamim Iqbal (14no) and nightwatchman Enamul (5no) saw the visitors through to the close, still 202 behind, without further loss.