19:58 IST: Litton Das walks out to bat with Bangladesh in a spot of bother.
19:58 IST: 5.1: Jayden Seales to Mominul Haque, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! The poor batting form of Mominul Haque continues. He stepped down from captaincy to focus on his batting but it has not started well for him. Jayden Seales joins the party and Bangladesh are in a big spot of bother. The angle of Jayden does the trick. He serves it around off and on a length. Mominul Haque could have left it but has a feel for it inside the line. It kisses the shoulder of his bat and Jermaine Blackwood takes a sharp catch to his right at second slip.
Batsman Tamim Iqbal16(19b 3*4 0*6)
Bowler Kemar Roach 3-1-9-2
19:56 IST: 4.6: Kemar Roach to Tamim Iqbal, Bowls it quite wide outside off, on a length, Tamim strides forward and then offers no shot.
19:55 IST: 4.5: Kemar Roach to Tamim Iqbal, Fires it in, very full and on off, Tamim drives it down to mid off.
19:55 IST: 4.4: Kemar Roach to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR! Easy pickings. A little too straight from Roach, on a length and drifting down the leg side, Tamim clips it behind square leg and picks up his second boundary in the over.
19:54 IST: 4.3: Kemar Roach to Tamim Iqbal, This one is angled in from around off, Tamim is on the front foot in defense.
19:54 IST: 4.2: Kemar Roach to Tamim Iqbal, On a good length outside off, shaping away, Tamim lets it be.
19:53 IST: 4.1: Kemar Roach to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR! Tamim will play his shots if it’s in his zone. Kemar Roach overpitches outside off, Tamim Iqbal leans into the drive and crunches it in front of square on the off side. Good timing and placement, a boundary results.
Batsman Tamim Iqbal8(13b 1*4 0*6)
Bowler Jayden Seales 2-0-7-0
19:52 IST: 3.6: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, Around off, a touch full, Tamim presses forward with an angled bat and pushes it wide of the gully fielder. A single to end the over.
19:52 IST: 3.5: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, Howwzzatt? Perhaps missing the leg stump as the finger stays down. Jayden Seales serves an inswinger. He pitches it around leg and it nips back in to beat the attempted flick shot of Tamim Iqbal. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal but to no avail.
19:51 IST: 3.4: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, Lands it on a good length, around middle, Tamim closes the face of his bat and helps it towards square leg.
19:50 IST: 3.3: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, Sliding down the leg side, on a length, Iqbal attempts to flick but misses. That was not too far away from the edge.
19:50 IST: 3.2: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR! Aerial but in the gap. Fuller in length, around middle, Tamim Iqbal flicks it with sweet timing and sends it racing away through mid-wicket for a boundary – first of this Test match.
19:49 IST: 3.1: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, Right on the money. Lands it on a length around off, Tamim Iqbal strides forward and defends it towards short mid-wicket.
Batsman Mominul Haque0(5b 0*4 0*6)
Bowler Kemar Roach 2-1-1-2
19:48 IST: 2.6: Kemar Roach to Mominul Haque, Close to off and on a good length, Mominul sticks on the back foot and blocks it to the off side.
19:47 IST: 2.5: Kemar Roach to Mominul Haque, Fraction short and outside off, Mominul Haque allows it through safely to the keeper.
19:47 IST: 2.4: Kemar Roach to Mominul Haque, Roach goes very full and fires it around middle and leg. Mominul attempts to flick but misses. It clips his pads and rolls to the right side of the keeper. Joshua Da Silva dives to stop the ball. It’s not cleanly done and the batters think about a run. Eventually, no one crossed.
19:46 IST: 2.3: Kemar Roach to Mominul Haque, Dishes out a length delivery in the channel outside off, Mominul covers the line and shoulders arms.
19:46 IST: 2.2: Kemar Roach to Mominul Haque, Back of a length, around middle and off, Mominul gets squared up a bit as he defends it down from the back foot.
19:45 IST: Mominul Haque is in at number 4.
19:46 IST: 2.1: Kemar Roach to Najmul Hossain Shanto, OUT! BOWLED! Off stump goes for a morning walk! Another Bangla batter bags a duck. Kemar Roach posing trouble with the ’round the wicket angle. He lands it around off, on a length and it skids on with the angle. Najmul Hossain Shanto comes forward to defend but is a bit late in bringing his bat down. The ball finds the gap and goes on to demolish the stumps. The leading wicket-taker in Test cricket at this venue is off to a great start. Roach is on fire!
Batsman Tamim Iqbal3(7b 0*4 0*6)
Bowler Jayden Seales 1-0-2-0
19:43 IST: 1.6: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, A measured stroke from Iqbal. Too full and around off, Tamim Iqbal drives it straight back and Najmul Hossain Shanto ducks at the other end to allow the ball to go over him. The mid on fielder chases it down and they get a couple of runs.
19:42 IST: 1.5: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, And again. This one holds up a bit after landing on a length around middle. Tamim is early into the shot as he works it a shade uppishly towards mid-wicket.
19:42 IST: 1.4: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, Drifting down the leg side, on a good length, Tamim offers no shot. It brushes his pads and rolls away to the keeper.
19:41 IST: 1.3: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, Fuller and around off, a confident drive off the front foot by Tamim but he finds the fielder at short cover.
19:40 IST: 1.2: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, ‘CATCH IT’ is the shout… but it falls short. Some moisture on the wicket and the ball is gripping. This one is around off, on a length, Tamim lunges and is early into his defensive shot. He ends up chipping it in the air but it falls in front of the mid on fielder.
19:40 IST: 1.1: Jayden Seales to Tamim Iqbal, The natural angle of the pacer beats the bat. Around off, angling away, Tamim Iqbal attempts to block but it whizzes past the outside edge.
19:39 IST: Jayden Seales to share the new ball with Kemar Roach.
Batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto0(4b 0*4 0*6)
Bowler Kemar Roach 1-0-1-1
19:39 IST: 0.6: Kemar Roach to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Bowls it in the right channel outside off, Najmul Hossain Shanto is watchful as he lets it be. A successful start for Kemar Roach.
19:38 IST: 0.5: Kemar Roach to Najmul Hossain Shanto, In the channel outside off, Shanto hangs back inside the crease and defends it with soft hands to the off side.
19:39 IST: 0.4: Kemar Roach to Najmul Hossain Shanto, This time Shanto is on his toes and defends this delivery with the angle to the leg side.
19:36 IST: 0.3: Kemar Roach to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Back of a length, outside off, Najmul Hossain Shanto stays on the back foot and lets it through to the keeper.
19:36 IST: Najmul Hossain Shanto walks out to bat at number 3.
19:35 IST: 0.2: Kemar Roach to Mahmudul Hasan Joy, OUT! CAUGHT! It’s a golden duck for Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Roach switches to over the wicket for the right-hander and hurls across a length ball outside off. It lands and shapes back in a shade, again with some extra bounce. Mahmudul Hasan Joy is on the front foot, he has committed himself to the defensive shot. The ball hurries onto this blade, takes the outside edge and Nkrumah Bonner takes a nice diving catch to his right at gully.
19:38 IST: 0.1: Kemar Roach to Tamim Iqbal, Tamim is away on the first ball, although in an unconvincing manner. Kemar Roach speeds in from ’round the wicket and gets a length ball to move back into the southpaw with extra bounce. Tamim tries to defend but it takes the inner half and runs behind square leg. They cross for a run.
19:33 IST: Done with the pre-game formalities and it’s time now to play. The Windies team is seen in a huddle as Kemar Roach presents Gudakesh Motie with his maiden Test cap and Motie becomes the 328th cricketer to represent the Windies in Test matches. The Bangladeshi openers, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy take their guard as Kemar Roach has been handed the new ball and is raring to go. The Windies players and the Bangladeshi openers take the knee to show their support for the BLM movement. Let’s play…
19:30 IST: We are moments away from the start of play. But first, the two sets of teams line up for their respective national anthems. It will be Bangladesh’s national anthem first followed by the national anthem of the West Indies. Also, Daryl Matthew, the minister of education of Antigua, says a few words and commemorates the start of the Test match.
19:29 IST: PITCH REPORT – Sir Curtly Ambrose and Samuel Badree are pitchside. Badree says that a gayle-force wind is blowing across the ground and the pitch looks a bit strange. Sir Ambrose says that there is some grass around the edges of the pitch and it will be interesting to see how it plays. Badree says that it seems to be result oriented.
19:29 IST: Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, says they would have bowled first too but they don’t mind batting even though it will be tough in the first hour. He feels it will be good for them to bowl in the fourth innings as they have two spinners. He has confidence in his side as they have exciting fast bowlers and gives a special mention to Litton Das who he thinks has been playing well. Says it is time for them to put their hands up and play to their best abilities and gives respect to the West Indies team as he feels they have good players.
19:28 IST: West Indies skipper, Kraigg Brathwaite says that they will bowl first, as the pitch has more moisture. Adds that Gudakesh Motie makes his debut and he’s looking forward to the opportunity. Further says that they need to be more focused on this series and they have set higher standards for this series compared to the last one.
19:14 IST: Bangladesh (Playing XI) – Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Litton Das, Nurul Hasan (WK), Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaled Ahmed and Ebadot Hossain.
19:19 IST: West Indies (Playing XI) – Kraigg Brathwaite (C), John Campbell, Raymon Reifer, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Joshua Da Silva (WK), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Gudakesh Motie (On debut) and Jayden Seales.
19:11 IST: TOSS – West Indies have won the toss and they will BOWL first.
19:06 IST: Did you know? The last time Bangladesh played a Test in Antigua, they got bowled out for 43 in the first innings. West Indies ended up winning that game by an innings and 219 runs.
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