KINGSTOWN: West Indies tightened their grip on the first Test against Bangladesh reducing the visitors to 105 for four, in reply to their first innings 484 for seven at tea on the third day at Arnos Vale Stadium on Sunday.
Mominul Haque and Shamsur Rahman had revived the Bangladeshi effort in the afternoon session with a 68-run third-wicket partnership.
But Shamsur (35) fell to left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, giving Darren Bravo his third catch at slip, to break the stand and Mominul departed for 51 to the last ball of the interval.
Having survived a leg-side stumping attempt by Denesh Ramdin off Benn the over before, Mominul played carelessly at a delivery wide of leg stump from fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and touched a catch to the delighted West Indies wicketkeeper and captain.
In a testing one hour before lunch, Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes cheaply, both to catches at second slip by Bravo off Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor respectively.
West Indies had declared their first innings after 80 minutes’ play with debutant spinner Taijul Islam completing a five-wicket haul in the search for quick runs.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was left unbeaten on 85, when Ramdin determined that his side had enough runs on the board.
Needing to accelerate the scoring considerably following pedestrian progress on the rain-affected second day, the West Indies batsmen displayed greater adventure, which proved beneficial for Taijul, who reaped significant rewards for his perseverance, taking three of the four wickets to fall to finish with five for 135 off 47 overs.
He began by removing obdurate opener Kraigg Brathwaite to a top-edged sweep to short fine-leg, the 21-year-old’s marathon innings of 212 coming to an end after 554 minutes at the crease.
Ramdin came to the crease with the clear intent of pushing the score along, however a miscued heave resulted in a well-judged catch by Rubel Hossain at midwicket while Taylor swung a full-toss to Shuvagata Hom at long-on to complete Taijul’s five-wicket haul.
Rubel had earlier claimed his first wicket of the innings, the fast-medium bowler trapping Jermaine Blackwood leg-before as he also attempted to pick up the pace following the separation of the fourth-wicket pair of Brathwaite and Chanderpaul, whose combined effort had realised 161 runs.