Kingstown (St. Vincent): West Indies bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose has praised the performance of pacer Shannon Gabriel in the first cricket Test against Bangladesh which ended here Tuesday.
The Trinidad and Tobago fast bowler finished with three wickets in the match which the West Indies won comprehensively by 10 wickets before the fifth day's lunch at Arnos Vale Ground, reports CMC.
Gabriel was singled out for his tight and hostile bowling on a slow wicket. At one stage he bowled seven overs for one run but was rewarded with two cheap wickets as West Indies bowled out Bangladesh for 314 in their second innings.
“I thought he bowled extremely quick on a very slow pitch, he bowled very well. As the bowling consultant, I keep telling him that you are bowling well and it is only a matter of time before luck comes your way. I am quite impressed with him. He bowled quickly," said Ambrose.
A four-wicket burst from pacer Kemar Roach helped the home side seal victory and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Left arm orthodox spinner Sulieman Benn had also taken 5/39 runs to help bowl out Bangladesh for 182 in their first innings.
“The bowlers bowled very well in some tough conditions. The pitch is not really conducive for fast bowling. Not a lot is in the pitch for the bowlers but we keep talking about being patient and being disciplined and I have to say that the guys have been really showing that,” said the former Windies pacer.
West Indies and Bangladesh begin the second and final Test Saturday at Beausejour in St. Lucia.