Windies take series in style

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo grabbed 5-90 as the West Indies trounced Bangladesh by 229 runs in the second and final Test match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday to wrap up the series 1-0.

Bangladesh, who were set an improbable victory target of 508 runs, were shot out for 278 soon after lunch on the fifth day. Bishoo, who turns 26 on Sunday, returned with career-best figures in only his seventh Test. He ended with match figures of 8-152 and now has 32 wickets in seven Test matches since his debut in May.

Skipper Darren Sammy chipped in with 2-19 off13 overs and also held three sharp catches - two at slip and one off his bowling - to rout the hosts. The emphatic win after the drawn first match in Chittagong provided a massive morale-booster for the Windies, who begin a three-Test series in India on Sunday.

The win was the West Indies first Series win since they beat England to win the Wisden Trophy at home in March, 2009. It was the first away series win since Zimbabwe in 2003.

Bangladesh, resuming at the overnight score of 164-3, lost the crucial wickets of opener Tamim Iqbal, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan in the morning session.

Tamim, Bangladesh's main batting hope who was unbeaten on 82, added just one more run when he was caught at slip by Sammy off Bishoo in the day’s third over. The left-hander's 83 contained eight boundaries and a six. Shakib and Rahim raised visions of a Bangladesh fightback when they put on 88 runs for the fifth wicket, before both batsmen fell in the space of four runs.

Shakib made 55 when he tried to steer Sammy to third man, but only managed to sky a catch to Shivnarine Chanderpaul running back from first slip. Rahim took his overnight score of 33 to 69 when he was bowled by a superb delivery from Bishoo that spun in sharply from leg to clip the off-stump.

Bishoo struck twice in the first over after lunch, trapping Nasir Hossain leg-before and having Suhrawadi Shuvo brilliantly caught one-handed by Sammy at second attempt.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach sealed the win by bowling last man Rubel Hossain to spark the West Indies celebrations.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 02:51