Cricket news - Bangladesh fight back but West Indies still ahead

Bangladesh continued to slide at the start of day three after losing their overnight batsmen but showed plenty of fight in the second and third sessions.

Bangladesh continued to slide at the start of day three after losing their overnight batsmen but showed plenty of fight in the second and third sessions.

Bangladesh staged a spirited fight back in the second Test to stay alive in the contest but West Indies still managed to stay ahead by stumps on the third day. Bangladesh continued to slide at the start of day three after losing their overnight batsmen but showed plenty of fight in the second and third sessions. By stumps, West Indies had a lead of 154 with seven wickets still remaining to add to it.

Bangladesh made a positive start to the day with overnight batsmen Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim making a confident start. However, a decisive bowling change from both ends worked wonders for West Indies as Rahkeem Cornwall made the breakthrough after Rahim got to his fifty. Mithun played a loose stroke to hit one straight to short midwicket where the skipper Kraigg Brathwaite took a neat low catch. Cornwall struck again soon after snapping the big fish Rahim as well. The former skipper miscued a shot after attempting a reverse sweep as Bangladesh slid further.

Even though the two wickets rattled Bangladesh, Mehidy Hasan and Liton Das looked assured and put on a massive partnership to turn things around. At one point, Bangladesh were worried about avoiding the follow on but post lunch, the target was easily achieved. With time, the duo grew in confidence as Liton first brought up his half-century with successive boundaries off Nkrumah Bonner. With the bowlers struggling to break the partnership, the West Indies skipper had no hesitation in taking the second new ball as soon as it became available. However, nothing changed as not only the 100-run partnership was brought up. Mehidy helped himself to a half-century by first playing a ramp over the slip cordon off Shannon Gabriel before whipping one through square leg.

The wicketless session did give Bangladesh a massive hope of salvaging something in their favour but Cornwall returned after Tea to break their momentum. He first removed Liton for 71 and in the same over, he also managed to get rid of Nayeem Hasan to pick up a five-fer. The Bangladesh innings didn't last long after that over as Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph managed to wrap things up to fetch a vital 113-run first-innings lead.

With their backs against the wall following the mini-collapse, Bangladesh fought hard once again, this time with the ball to ensure the West Indies didn't surge too far ahead. Brathwaite got a feather to the keeper while trying to glance a delivery down the leg side and then Mehidy capped off his day in fine fashion by fetching his first wicket of the innings which was also his 100th in Test cricket. In the process, he became the quickest and youngest Bangladesh bowler to reach that landmark.

Just before stumps, Taijul Islam too opened his account when John Campbell, unfortunately, saw the ball hit the top of off stump after bouncing once on the surface even though the batsman appeared to play the delivery comfortably. With the pitch showing enough signs of aiding more turn and bounce going into the final two days, it is extremely vital for Bangladesh to keep chipping away on the fourth morning to ensure West Indies do not set anything more than 300 to level the series.

Brief scores: West Indies 41/3 (John Campbell 18; Taijul Islam 1-13) & 409lead Bangladesh 296 (Liton Das 71, Mehidy Hasan 57; Rahkeem Cornwall 5-74)by 154 runs.