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When a serene Friday afternoon becomes tempestuous

  • Published at 12:32 pm February 5th, 2021
Warrican
The West Indies' Jomel Warrican is cleaned up to add to the visitors' woes as their last five wickets fell for just six runs during day three of their first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong Friday AFP

From the corner of the press box

West Indies batsmen Jermaine Blackwood and Joshua da Silva were cruising along comfortably and it seemed they would see off the post lunch session on day three. 

The Friday afternoon is a tricky session for newspersons as many of them say their prayers and get busy with lunch. 

There was a sense of inactivity in the press box but the wicket of Da Silva in the 92nd over, just an over before the tea break, brought back life and Blackwood, who added 99 with the wicketkeeper-batsman, soon made his way to the dressing room in the very next over. 

All of a sudden the visitors’ hope of a wicket-less session was shattered in the space of four balls and the sound of keyboard strokes became hectic in the press box.

Following a 20-minute break, the flurry of wickets continued as the tourists’ remaining ones perished in the next 18 balls. 

The strokes of keyboards got even faster and it become mayhem when Bangladesh lost two wickets off the fourth and sixth ball of the second over. 

All of a sudden, the serene Friday after became a tempestuous one. 

The life of a sports journalist is a hectic yet an enjoyable roller-coaster ride.

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