The Bangladesh Cricket team suffered a new low as they were bowled out for a mere 43 in the first innings of their Test match against West Indies at the North Stand Ground in Antigua.
The entire episode lasted for just 99 minutes, as the visitors were bundled out in a diminutive span of 18.4 overs, courtesy a disciplined and determined bowling effort from Jason Holder and Co.
By the end of day's play, the hosts had batted for a little more than two sessions despite electing to field first after winning the toss. They now hold a vantage point in the match with a total of 201-2 after the opening day of the Test.
It definitely looks like the result of this particular game will come through a lot sooner than anyone expected before the coin toss earlier today (July 05).
Let us take a closer look at five lowest totals by Bangladesh in Test cricket:
#1 43 vs West Indies, 2018
The West Indian bowler who persecuted Shakib Al Hasan and Co. the most in Antigua was Kemar Roach, who picked up a pace (literally) and riveting five-wicket haul on the day. All the wickets came off the Bangladeshi top order, as the pacer went on a spree in the opening overs of the game, scalping all five wickets in quick succession.
The 9th over of the innings was where Bangladesh reached the substratum of the abyss: Roach dismissed three batsmen in a span of four deliveries, wrecking havoc in their batting order.
Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah, the most experienced campaigners of the Bangladesh unit, went back to the pavilion without even disturbing the assembled scorers. It went from bad to worse for them thereafter, as they capitulated to the seamlessness of the West Indian bowling attack, offering no resistance whatsoever.
Highest scorer for the visitors was opening batsman, Liton Das, who scored 25 of the 43 runs Bangladesh accumulated on the day. This was the first time the Asian team failed to cross a combined total of 50 in international cricket.
#2 62 vs Sri Lanka, 2007
The Test encounter between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo back in 2007 is remembered most for Kumar Sangakarra's sensational knock of 200* in the second innings of the game.
The left-hander tamed the Bangladesh bowling unit in the match, devouring their lack of tooth in conditions he was well-versed to.
However, the greatness of his knock ended up casting a shadow over Bangladesh's horrific batting effort in the first innings of the Test. The nuptial of Lasith Malinga's pace and Muttiah Muralitharan's racked the opposition batsmen, making them fall like dominoes on the day.
Mohammad Ashraful and Co. ultimately folded for 62 all-out in 25.2 overs, falling to the brilliance of the Lankan Lions, who exuded immense confidence and self-assuredness in their den.
#3 86 vs Sri Lanka, 2005
The 86 all-out that Bangladesh fell to in the first Test of their tour of Sri Lanka in 2005 remains the lowest third innings total to date. It was a timid attempt at survival by the visitors, who were trailing Marvan Atapattu by 182 runs before the commencement of the innings.
Instead of stepping up to the challenge, Bangladesh went deeper into their hole, yielding seven wickets to Sri Lanka's spin bowling attack of Muralitharan and Rangana Herath. They were cleaned within 28 overs by the hosts, who eventually won the match by the massive margin of an innings and 96 runs.
It is worthy to be noted that Mohammad Rafique bowled brilliantly in the Sri Lankan innings, managing to take a five-wicket haul against the dominant hosts. However, his inspired efforts eventually went down the drain, as Bangladesh failed to hold the fort in their second batting innings of the match.
#4 87 vs West Indies, 2002
This below-par effort against the West Indians is the lowest total Bangladesh have scored on home soil.
It came in the third innings of the first Test between the two, helping the visitors notch up their third highest margin of victory in the format, winning the Test comprehensively by an innings and 310 runs.
Jermaine Lawson breathed fire as he came on as the second bowling change for West Indies, looking fixated on storming through the opposition batting line-up. The hosts seemed to be in conciliatory mode, as they succumbed to the pace and precision of the seam bowler, who finished the innings with a six-wicket haul to his name.
#5 89 vs Sri Lanka, 2007
The 2007 tour of Sri Lanka really did not bode well for the Bangladesh Cricket Team, as two of their lowest-ever Test scores came into being during this period. This particular instance of woeful batting performance from the visitors came in the very first Test of the series, which Sri Lanka won by a margin of an innings and 234 runs.
This was a match where Muralitharan bowled at his very best, with a performance that was reminiscent to his most glorious days in international cricket. The wrist-spinner claimed nine dismissals in the Test, with five coming in the first innings, when Bangladesh could only manage a total of 87 in 162 minutes of play.
A 16-run stand for the ninth wicket between Rafique and Khaled Mushud mitigated the circumstances for Bangladesh for a little while, and it seemed like they might cross the 100-run mark in the innings.
However, this semblance of ultimately broken by Muralitharan, who dismissed Rafique for 11 to crush any psychological benefit that Bangladesh could've gained by a potential three-figure score.