Cricket news - Cornwall rewarded for keeping things simple

The West Indies offspinner picked his second fifer in Test cricket on the third day's play

The West Indies offspinner picked his second fifer in Test cricket on the third day's play

Test cricket is a game of patience and Rahkeem Connwall seems to have that in abundance. The spinner got the rewards for his perseverance on Saturday, the third day of the second Test match against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

The 6'4'' tall off-spinner, only five Tests old, picked up his second fifer and did so on a wicket that wasn't the rank turner that cricket has come to expect from Dhaka of late.

While Bangladeshi spinners tried many things in their first innings to deceive the visitors, and failed to a large extent, Rahkeem kept it simple and finished with figures of 5-74.

In the opening Test in Chattogram, Rahkeem had played a crucial part too but his performance was overshadowed by left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican. This time, the man from Antigua seized the opportunity with both hands when he took over from Warrican this morning. West Indies had perhaps expected left-arm spinner Warrican to be the perfect match-up for two right-handed batsmen - Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim - but that didn't quite go to plan.

Cornwall created the first chance of the morning when Mithun mistimed a whip off his toes that went just beyond midwicket. He, though, did not have to wait too long as he removed Mithun in the next over with an unorthodox field placement. The right-handed batsman went through his shot too early and the ball went in the air to Kraigg Brathwaite wh dived full length to take the catch.

Mushfiqur tried his best not to let the off-spinner settle from the first ball he faced, but this aggressive mindset proved too costly for him as well as the team after his reverse sweep went straight to cover. It came shortly after surviving a close lbw call off Cornwall.

Cornwall realized very soon that instead of trying too many things, he would be better off pitching the ball in the right area and changing his pace.

"It is always a good feeling to take five wickets. I helped put the team in a good position to win the team," said Cornwall. "Plan was to keep things simple, be patient and put the balls in the right areas. I think the way our batsmen set up the game the day before, we knew that the bowlers had to do a good job today," he said.

"I think they are good quality players. You still have to put the ball in the right areas, and stick to your game plan, and see if the Bangladesh batsmen make mistakes. The wicket gave me some bounce, some of the ball spun. I just had to work with that,'' he added.

Cornwall again proved to be the deciding factor when Bangladesh were staging a comeback through Liton Kumar Das (71) and Mehedy Hasan (57), when the duo added 126 runs for seventh wicket. Cornwall's turn from the rough outside off kept both batsmen on their toes but the off-spinner didn't have enough support from the other end . It helped Bangladesh avoid the follow-on but Cornwall put the brakes on shortly after that, removing Liton when he got an edge off a paddle sweep.

"The ball bounces a bit more in Dhaka. There was not much bounce or spin in Chittagong. I got a bit more purchase here. I worked with what I get, with whatever pace I get out of the wicket, I use it as my strength," he said.

"I think we are slightly in the driver's seat. Tomorrow is an important day for us. We just have to bat well in the first hour. We have to be in a reasonable position at lunch so that we can set a reasonable target for Bangladesh. We can have a run at Bangladesh at the end (of the day). Anything over 400 will be comfortable for us."