Right-arm pacer Khaled Ahmed bagged three wickets inside 11 deliveries in the fourth innings of the Antigua Test against the West Indies on Saturday.
Despite Khaled’s impressive bowling, Bangladesh are on the verge of a defeat in this Test with the West Indies needing only 35 runs with seven wickets and six sessions in hand.
The hosts had secured a lead of 162 runs after their first innings in reply to Bangladesh’s first innings total of 103. In their second innings, Bangladesh lost four wickets in the morning session of day three which hinted that Bangladesh would suffer an innings defeat.
But Shakib Al Hasan and Nurul Hasan Sohan added 122 runs in the seventh wicket that helped the Tigers to avoid an innings defeat and they managed a paltry lead of 83 runs.
Both Shakib and Sohan scored fifty each. They managed to play the entire middle session without losing a wicket. But right after the tea break, both of them fell victim to Kemar Roach.
Shakib had a fifty in the first innings of this Test too while it was only the second fifty for Sohan in Tests.
Kemar Roach, the premium pacer of the hosts, bagged five-for— his tenth in the format.
In pursuit of 84, West Indies lost three just for 9 runs and all of them were victims of Khaled. The right-arm pacer made it tough for the hosts what seemed to be a cakewalk for them.
After Khaled displayed a ray of hope for the Tigers, John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood made sure that they would not suffer further setbacks. At the end of day three, West Indies were batting at 49 for three.
This series is a part of the ICC World Test Championship. Bangladesh have only one win in this event which came against New Zealand earlier this year. But after that, the Tigers failed to win any other Test.
In the ongoing tour, Bangladesh will play a total of two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.
Source: United News of Bangladesh