When Kemar Roach demonstrated his performance in the Second Test against Bangladesh, which started at Daren Sammy Stadium on Friday, he would do so knowing that it was a short wicket of joining a highly select team of West Indian footballers. . The 33-year-old Barbadian pace bowler went into the Test with 249 wickets to his name, the same as the 1970s and 80s legend, Michael Holding. One more scalp and Roach will become just the sixth West Indies bowler to join the ‘250 Club’, followed by Courtney Walsh (519 wickets), Curtly Ambrose (405), Malcolm Marshall (376), Lance Gibbs (309) and Joel Garner ( 259).
After returning the match numbers of seven for 74 to fire the West Indies to seven win-wickets in the first Test in Antigua, Roach admitted that he was targeting 300 Test wickets.
“I was always one for the stats,” he told a post-match press release. “I love my stats. I always look at my stats. Every night. Even if I’m not playing, I still look at my stats so it’s good to be among the big ones.
“Nice to be there with all the fantastic people at the West Indies cricket.”
Roach and his team-mates will take great confidence from their victory in the first test which followed a 1-0 series victory at home against England in March.
Another victory will not only secure the series but move the West Indies above Pakistan to sixth in the World Cup.
In Antigua, Roach had a good backup from Jayden Seales, who caught three for 33 in the first innings, and Alzarri Joseph who won three wickets in each innings.
Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite set the tone for the batsmen with 94 in the first innings although the fall from 224 for four to 265 all out suggests that a task is still to be done.
Batting Bangladesh, on the other hand, is weak with top authority, especially Najmul Hossain and Mominul Haque, which is completely out of form.
Their first 103 innings in Antigua, which includes six ducks, is the fifth time in 12 innings completed this year that they have been heated for at least 200.
Despite 245 more touchdowns in the second innings, it means they are on the back foot for the entire game.
Mominul has had a crucial moment: his scores of 0 and 4 let him be the first top-five batter from George Bonner, whose career ended in 1888, to score the next nine digits consecutive.
“If you think you need a break, it can happen,” Bangladeshi commander Shakib Al Hasan said after the first test.
With no apparent replacement it is possible to keep his position, although Anamul Haque could launch at the expense of Najmul.
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