Joseph keeps WI in control

NORTH SOUND – Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph struck twice late in the final session to keep West Indies in control of the opening Test against Bangladesh yesterday in Antigua, after the hosts lost a cluster of wickets between lunch and tea to be dismissed for a sub-par total and concede some of their advantage.

Joseph removed the Bangladeshis’ long-serving left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal for 22 and all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz for two, and the visitors stumbled to 50 for two at the close – still 112 runs behind heading into day three at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

West Indies had earlier been bowled out for a disappointing 265, collapsing from a strong position of 197 for three after lunch to lose their last seven wickets for 68.

Their captain Kraigg Brathwaite missed out on his 11th Test hundred when he fell for 94, vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood stroked 63, and his compatriot Nkrumah Bonner added 33.

Debutant Gudakesh Motie chanced his arm for an unbeaten 23 off 21 balls, but off-spinner Mehidy Hasan snared 4-59 from 22.5 overs, combining with pacers Khaled Ahmed and Ebadot Hossain to torpedo the West Indies innings. (CMC)

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