West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 3: West Indies in full control after Benn’s five-for

Benn celebrates after taking his fifth five-wicket haul

Benn celebrates after taking his fifth five-wicket haul

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West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn ripped through Bangladesh’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul to keep his side in full control at the end of the third day of the first Test in St Vincent.

However, Bangladesh debutant Taijul Islam had a day to remember as he picked up his maiden five-wicket haul. Batsman Mominul Haque deserves some credit as well as he stood tall amongst the rubble and scored a valiant half-century.

Starting out the day onĀ 407/3, West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite and batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul converted their 146-run partnership into a 161-run partnership before Brathwaite was caught by Haque at slip off the bowling of Islam.

Brathwaite’s career-best knock of 212 came off 447 balls and included 14 boundaries.

Jermaine Blackwood only made 10 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Blackwood reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Hossain at midwicket off the bowling of Islam for five runs.

Jerome Taylor fared no better as he was caught by debutant Shuvagata Hom at long-on for 10 runs to give Islam his maiden five-wicket haul.

Chanderpaul and Kemar Roach put together an unbeaten five-run partnership before Ramdin decided to declare with his side 484/7.

Chanderpaul finished on 85 off 226 balls, which included six boundaries, while Roach remained undefeated on two runs.

Islam was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Hossain and Hom chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Islam became the sixth Bangladeshi bowler to take a five-wicket haul on debut

Islam became the sixth Bangladeshi bowler to take a five-wicket haul on debut

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Trailing by 484, Bangladesh got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was caught by Darren Bravo at second slip off the bowling of Roach for one run.

Imrul Kayes scored nine runs before he was caught by Bravo at slip off the bowling of Taylor.

Haque and Shamsur Rahman stabilised the innings with a 62-run partnership before Rahman was also caught by Bravo at slip, but only off the bowling of Benn for 35.

Haque went on to score 51 off 112 balls, which included seven boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.

Haque hit seven boundaries during his gutsy innings of 51

Haque hit seven boundaries during his gutsy innings of 51

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Haque decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball had indeed hit his bat on the way to Ramdin behind the stumps. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Following Haque’s dismissal, Bangladesh’s middle and lower order, with the exception of captain Mushfiqur Rahim, completely collapsed as they went from 105/4 to 182 all out.

Rahim was the reason why Bangladesh even managed to make 182 since he was left stranded on 48 off 79 deliveries, which included six boundaries.

After being bowled out for 182 and still trailing by 302 runs, stumps was called.

Benn was the most successful bowler after recording his fifth five-wicket haul, while Blackwood snapped up two wickets and Roach, Taylor and Gabriel claimed one wicket each.

There has been no word on whether the West Indies will enforce the follow-on, but play will resume tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 13:30 GMT.

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