Jermaine Lawson, a strapping 20-year-old with the traditional physique and pace of the great West Indies fast bowlers, produced one of Test cricket's most devastating spells here yesterday to condemn hopeless Bangladesh to yet another massive loss in the first Test.
Playing his third Test, Lawson dispatched the last six second-innings wickets in 15 balls without conceding a run with fast, late, full-length inswingers. Bangladesh collapsed to 87 all out and defeat by an innings and 310 runs with 19.1 overs remaining on the third day. It was their 15th loss in their 16th Test, the 11th by an innings, since being granted the status by the International Cricket Council two years ago.
Lawson's final figures were 6 for 3 from 6.5 overs. No bowler in the 125 years of Test cricket had taken six wickets in an innings as cheaply. Arthur Gilligan's 6 for 7 that helped England rout South Africa for 30 at Edgbaston in 1924 had been the previous best. The Jamaican started with three wickets in four balls in his fifth over: Aminul Islam and captain Khaled Mashud both first ball and the first-innings top scorer Asok Kapali second ball, all given leg-before by the English umpire David Shepherd.
Enamul Haque edged a catch to the wicketkeeper in his next over and Lawson finished the match to a backdrop of booing from a crowd of around 5,000 by bowling Tapash Baisya and Talha Jubair in his seventh over.
Dismissed for 139 in their first innings, Bangladesh had to wait until mid-afternoon before the West Indies' innings ended at 536, with Ridley Jacobs, leading the team in the absence of the injured Carl Hooper, unbeaten 91, the third time he has been left stranded in the 90s.
Their quick demise was initially sealed by Vasbert Drakes, the belated Test debutant at 33, who claimed the first three wickets.
Habibul Bashar and Aminul, Bangladesh's two most experienced batsmen, held firm for an hour but, when Habibul was leg-before to the left-arm swing bowler Pedro Collins, it triggered Lawson's rapid termination.
The second and final Test starts in Chittagong on Monday.
Third day; West Indies won toss
BANGLADESH – First Innings 139 (Alok Kapali 52; P T Collins 5-26, V C Drakes 4-58).
WEST INDIES – First Innings (Overnight: 400 for 5)
D Ganga run out 40
R D Jacobs not out 91
V C Drakes c sub b Naimur 15
D B Powell st Khaled b Mohammad 16
P T Collins c Habibul b Mohammad 13
J J C Lawson lbw b Talha 1
Extras (lb8, w3, nb9) 20
Total (160 overs) 536
Fall (cont): 6-417, 7-453, 8-493, 9-527.
Bowling: Tapash Baisya 34-3-117-2 (nb9, w1); Talha Jubair 31-3-135-3 (w2); Naimur Rahman 36-5-118-1; Enamul Haque 46-11-101-1; Mohammad Ashraful 13-0-57-2.
BANGLADESH – Second Innings
Hannan Sarkar c Ganga b Drakes 25
Anwar Hossain b Drakes 12
Mohammad Ashraful b Drakes 0
Habibul Bashar lbw b Collins 22
Aminul Islam lbw b Lawson 12
Alok Kapali lbw b Lawson 0
*ÝKhaled Mashud lbw b Lawson 0
Naimur Rahman not out 5
Enamul Haque c Jacobs b Lawson 0
Tapash Baisya b Lawson 0
Talha Jubair b Lawson 0
Extras (b4 lb3 nb4) 11
Total (31.5 overs) 87
Fall: 1-30, 2-30, 3-44, 4-80, 5-80, 6-80, 7-80, 8-83, 9-87.
Bowling: Collins 9-2-30-1 (nb3); Drakes 9-3-19-3; Powell 7-1-28-0 (nb1); Lawson 6.5-4-3-6.
Umpires: D L Orchard (SA) and D R Shepherd (Eng).
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