Dhaka: Bangladesh spinners took a firm grip on the second Test against West Indies after Mahmudullah Riyad struck a career best 136 to guide the hosts to 508 in the first innings in Dhaka on Saturday. Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan shared five wickets between them as West Indies were reduced to 75-5 at stumps on the second day, trailing the hosts by 433 runs in the first innings.
All five West Indies batsmen were clean bowled — only the third time in cricket history and the first time by spinners as Mehidy finished with 3-36 and Shakib claimed 2-15. Shakib struck in the very first over when he flummoxed West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite with inward delivery and Kieran Powell (four), Sunil Ambris (seven), Roston Chase (zero) and Shai Hope (10) followed him in quick succession.
Shimron Hetmyer (32 not out) and Shane Dowrich (17 not out) stemmed the rot to survive the day. Hetmyer was given out off rookie spinner Nayeem Hasan on 10, but the decision was overturned by television replay. The West Indies innings were in complete contrast to those of Bangladesh, which saw Shakib (80), Shadman Islam (76) and Liton Das (54) making useful contribution along with Mahmudullah.
Resuming on 259-5, Bangladesh’s innings revolved around Mahmudullah, who struck 10 fours in his third Test century, on the second day. Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh build on their overnight score putting on a 111-run with Shakib Al Hasan for the sixth wicket, 92-run with Liton Das for the seventh wicket, and a 56-run with Taijul Islam (36) for the ninth wicket.
Shakib, who resumed on 55 overnight, added 25 to his overnight score before he gave a catch to Hope at gully off Kemar Roach.