Rain slows Tigers as spinners frustrate Windies

ST. GEORGE'S: Rain prompted an early lunch and stalled Bangladesh's progress, after their spinners, led by stand-in captain Shakib Al Hasan, bowled them back into contention, when they reduced West Indies to 124 for five in their second innings in the second and final Test on Sunday.

The Bangladesh spinners again exposed the frailty of the West Indies batting, and Shakib has so far captured three wickets for 40 runs from 15 overs, as the home team could only extend their lead to 129 on the third morning at the Queen's Park Stadium Complex.

But rain about half an hour prior to the interval set Bangladesh back in their efforts, after West Indies continued from their overnight total of 56 for one.

Shakib made the breakthrough in the eighth over of the morning, when left-handed opener Omar Phillips swung at a shortish delivery, and was caught at deep square leg for 29.

Four overs later, Shakib had Ryan Hinds caught at leg-slip for two, when the left-handed batsman gloved a sweep shot.

Off-spinner Mahmudullah, who has been the most successful bowler for Bangladesh in the series, then removed West Indies captain Floyd Reifer for three to a questionable lbw decision from New Zealand umpire Tony Hill. Video replays suggested that Reifer was struck just outside the off-stump and the ball would have spun away from lanky left-hander.

Enamul Haque Jr then added to West Indies' pain, when he scalped Travis Dowlin for 49 to an incredulous lbw verdict from Hill to leave West Indies 110 for five.

The TV replays again suggested that the batsman was struck just outside the off-stump and the ball would have spun away past the stumps. Bangladesh lead the two-Test series 1-0, after they won the opening Test which ended last Monday in St. Vincent by 95 runs.

The Tigers need only to draw the match to clinch their first-ever Test series victory overseas