Best spurs WI to 10-wicket victory
KHULNA, Bangladesh – Tino Best improved on his career-best to rip out three of the last four Bangladesh batsmen and set up a 10-wicket victory for West Indies in the final match of their two-Test series on Sunday here.
The livewire Windies fast bowler continued to defy a hamstring strain and finished with an impressive 6-40 from 12.1 overs, as the Bangladeshis were bowled out for 287 in their second innings about half-hour before lunch on the final day at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
Best was the visitors’ most successful bowler in the two-Test series. He grabbed 12 wickets at a miserly series-best average of 14.33. His economy rate of 2.98 runs an over and strike rate of 28.8 balls per wicket were also series bests.
West Indies’ openers Chris Gayle, not out on 20, and Kieran Powell, not out on nine, then made light work of a victory target of 28, needing just as many deliveries to finish the job.
Powell formalised the result on the stroke of lunch with successive boundaries off Naeem Islam, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin.
The result meant that the Windies swept the two-Test series 2-0, following a 77-run victory in the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.
It also meant that the visitors have never lost a Test series in Bangladesh, let alone a Test in three trips to the country.
Veerasammy Permaul gave West Indies a bright start to the day, after Bangladesh resumed from their overnight total of 226 for six.
The little left-arm spinner struck with the fourth ball of the day, when the typically stubborn Mahmudullah was caught behind down the leg-side for two, essaying a sweep.
After five more overs yielded precious little, Windies captain Darren Sammy brought Best on to replace Permaul and the fast bowler struck with his first ball, when he bowled Sohag Gazi for seven playing down the wrong line to a well-pitched delivery that moved back from outside the off-stump.
Best followed up with another superb delivery, which also moved back and bowled Nasir Hossain for 94, uprooting the leg-stump and giving the West Indies fast bowler five wickets for the second straight Test.
He took 5-24 in the first Test of the series at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, where he also denied Nasir a maiden Test hundred, after he dismissed him for 96 in the first innings.
Nasir struck 11 fours and one six from 107 balls in 3 ½ hours in his second half-century in the match, following 52 in the first innings.
West Indies were frustrated for kept waiting for another half-hour, when Rubel Hossain came to the crease and resisted them with first innings century-maker Abul Hasan.
Fidel Edwards dropped Rubel at mid-on, but Best brought the fun to an end with the first ball of the next over, when the Bangladesh fast bowler was caught at mid-off for 14.
Marlon Samuels was named Man-of-the-Match and Shivnarine Chanderpaul edged out Best for the Man-of-the-Series award.
The two teams will now play five One-day Internationals on November 30, December 2, 5, 7 and 8 followed by a Twenty20 International on December 10.
BANGLADESH 1st Innings 387
(Abul Hasan 113; F. Edwards 6-90)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 648 for nine declared
(M. Samuels 260; Shakib Al Hasan 4-151)
BANGLADESH 2nd Innings
(overnight 226 for six)
Tamim Iqbal b Best 28
Nazimuddin lbw b Edwards 0
Shahriar Nafees c Sammy b Best 21
Naeem Islam b Best 2
Shakib Al Hasan c Best b Permaul 97
*+Mushfiqur Rahim b Permaul 10
Nasir Hossain b Best 94
Mahmudullah c wkpr Ramdin b Permaul 2
Sohag Gazi b Best 7
Abul Hasan not out 7
Rubel Hossain c Bravo b Best 14
Extras (lb3, w1, nb1) 5
TOTAL (all out, 70.1 overs) 287
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Nazimuddin), 2-49 (Tamim Iqbal), 3-51 (Naeem Islam), 4-62 (Shahriar Nafees), 5-82 (Mushfiqur Rahim), 6-226 (Shakib Al Hasan), 7-228 (Mahmadullah), 8-254 (Sohag Gazi), 9-269 (Nasir Hossain)
Bowling: Edwards 17-0-95-1 (nb1); Narine 9-0-48-0; Permaul 20-2-67-3; Best 12.1-1-40-6 (w1); Gayle 4-0-15-0; Sammy 8-3-19-0
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 28)
C. Gayle not out 20
K. Powell not out 9
Extras (w1) 1
TOTAL (without loss, 4.4 overes) 30
Bowling: Sohag Gazi 1-0-8-0; Rubel Hossain 2-0-14-0 (w1); Naeem Islam 1.4-1-8-0
Result: West Indies won by 10 wickets
Series: West Indies win two-Test series 2-0
Man-of-the-Match: M. Samuels (West Indies)
Man-of-the-Series: S. Chanderpaul (West Indies)
Umpires: R. Illingworth (England), B. Oxenford (Australia)
TV Replays: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: Masudur Rahman (Bangladesh)