Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel clinched his third five-wicket haul in five innings as the West Indies thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 219 runs on the third day of the first Test in Antigua on Friday.
Gabriel went wicketless in the first innings as Bangladesh were bowled out for their lowest Test total of 43 but was on target in the second innings with four wickets by stumps on Day Two.
The 30-year-old fast bowler dismissed Kamrul Islam when play resumed to end up with figures of 5-77 as the Tigers were bowled out for 144 as the hosts registered their biggest innings win in the Caribbean.
Earlier, Bangladesh wicketkeeper Nurul Islam hit 64 – his first Test fifty. Nurul reached his half-century from just 36 balls, the fastest-ever by a Bangladesh player in a Test away from home.
Seamer Miguel Cummins finished the innings as he had Nurul caught and bowled before shattering the stumps of Rubel Hossain in the next over.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan admitted his team has a lot of work to do.
“We need to adapt better to these conditions,” Hasan said. “It is not something we are familiar with but we have to spend the next five days getting ready for a similar situation when the next Test begins.”
The second and final Test of the series starts on July 12 in Jamaica where another green deck is expected.
“We were disappointed after losing the last Test of the series against Sri Lanka a week ago so that gave us some additional motivation,” said West Indies skipper Jason Holder regarding his team’s defeat in Barbados.
“We needed to be a little more clinical in the second innings but I am looking now to us setting the tone again for the second Test.”
Sri Lanka’s proposed T20 league suffered a setback after the franchise-based tournament was postponed for unspecified reasons.
Russel Arnold, former international cricketer and tournament director of the proposed Lankan Premier League, tweeted that the tournament has been postponed. The Sri Lankan board is yet to confirm the development.
The LPL was supposed to be held during August-September but it looks like that won’t be happening for some time.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, the proposed league had received the blessing of the Indian cricket board with the BCCI reportedly agreeing to free up veteran stars like Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh for the league. The BCCI bars all Indian players from featuring in any foreign league.
After having restricted Zimbabwe to 151-9 in their 20 overs, the Aussies chased down the total with one ball to spare to complete their third win in four matches in the tournament.
Glenn Maxwell was the hero with the bat for Australia with the right-handed batsman slamming a 36-ball 58 in his side’s successful run chase. Maxwell’s crucial innings included five sixes and a boundary.
Earlier, Solomon Mire was in good touch with the bat once again for the hosts after his career-best 94 in Zimbabwe’s previous loss to Pakistan. The opener struck a 52-ball 63 on Friday to lead his side’s charge.
However, three wickets for seamer Andrew Tye and two-a-piece for Billy Stanlake and Jhy Richardson ensured that Zimbabwe could only muster 151-9 after electing to bat first.
Australia’s chase got off to the worst possible start with skipper Aaron Finch and Alex Carey dismissed inside the first five overs. Maxwell then took control of the chase with his counter-attacking innings but his dismissal at the hands of Blessing Muzarabani triggered a late collapse for the Aussies who lost three further wickets in as many overs following his departure.
It took an unbeaten cameo of 12 (7) from all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to get the Aussies over the finish line in the penultimate delivery of the match.
Australia and Pakistan will now lock horns in the final of the tri-series to be held on Sunday.