Spinners lead Bangladesh to easy win

Samsul Arefin Khan . Chattogram | Published: 10:21, Nov 23,2018 | Updated: 16:44, Nov 26,2018


Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam (L) celebrates the wicket of West Indies batsman Devendra Bishoo with team-mates on the third day of their first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chattogram on Saturday. — AFP photo

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed 6-33 while Sakib al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan bagged two wickets each as Bangladesh bowled out West Indies for 139 runs in the second innings to secure a 64-run win in the first Test in Chattogram on Saturday.

Chasing a target of 204 runs, West Indies were never in the chase and lost wickets at regular intervals after they restricted Bangladesh to 125 runs in the second innings at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Sunil Ambris and Jomel Warrican provided a late fight in the chase putting 63 runs for the ninth wicket after Bangladeshi spinners took full control in the match to reduce them to 75-8.

However, Mehedi broke the dangerous-looking partnership by dismissing Warrican for 41 before Taijul wrapped up the West Indies innings removing Ambris for 43 to give Bangladesh the victory within three days.

Mehedi also dismissed the half-centurion of first innings Shimron Hetmyer after he scored 27 off just 19 balls – which looked threatening at one stage.

Sakib didn’t take long time to strike as he drew Kieran Powell (0) forward for a stumping only in the third over of the innings that also made him first Bangladeshi player to complete 200 Test wickets.

He also became the only 14th all-rounder to complete 3,000 Test runs and taking 200 wickets in the longer format with his first wicket – also the quickest among all.

The 31-year then dismissed Shai Hope (three) in his next over before Taijul removed Kraigg Barathwaite (eight) and Roston Chase (0) to leave West Indies 11 for four at the lunch break.

Earlier, Devendra Bishoo claimed 4-26 while Roston Chase and Jomel Warrican bagged three and two wickets respectively as West Indies bowled Bangladesh out quickly in the second innings.

Resuming an overnight score of 55-5, Bangladesh could add 70 runs to their total before West Indies bowlers picked up the remaining five wickets.

Mahmudullah top scored for Bangladesh with 31 runs but not before he was dropped by Hope at slip off Bishoo on 15

Pacer Shannon gave the first breakthrough as he bowled Mushfiqur Rahim for 19.

Mehedi Hasan and Mahmudullah tried to rebuild the innings as they added 37 runs for the seventh wicket before Mehedi was removed by Bishoo for 18.

Bishoo then dismissed Nayeem Hasan (five) and Mahmudullah (31) in a quick succession while Chase wrapped up Bangladesh innings with taking Taijul Islam’s (one) wicket.

Earlier, West Indies scored 246 runs in replying Bangladesh’s first innings total of 324 runs.

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