Spinners seal historic Bangla triumph
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Scorecard:West Indies v Bangladesh
Player:Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, DJG Sammy
Event:Bangladesh in West Indies 2009

DateLine: 14th July 2009


West Indies' shortcomings without their senior side were harshly exposed as the hosts went down by 95 runs against Bangladesh.


The hosts were missing all their regular starters because of a contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.


Even then the second string side gave themselves a fighting chance after setting a victory target of 277 by dismissing Bangladesh for 345 in their second innings on Monday morning.


But after then the hosts never looked as if they were in the game. Only David Bernard's dogged unbeaten 52 was the best the hosts could manage as they were skittled for only 181 in the 71st over on the final day of the first Test in Kingstown.


Bangladesh's spinners proved the difference on a turning pitch. Mohammad Mahmudullah lead the charge with five for 41 while stand-in-skipper Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with three for 39.


But it was man-of-the-match Tamim Iqbal's impressive knock of 128 on Monday that ultimately put the game beyond the hosts as Bangladesh claimed a first overseas Test triumph.


The run-chase by the Windies never got going as they lost two wickets in 18 overs bowled before lunch.


Dale Richards reached 14 before he was run out attempting a quick single while fellow opener Omar Phillips fell for the same score three overs later when he was trapped lbw by Shakib.


Then Travis Dowlin and Floyd Reifer both made 19 before being dismissed within two overs of each other after lunch. Chadwick Walton made 10 before he was trapped lbw by Mahmudullah.


Darren Sammy who had claimed a five-for earlier, also fell on 19 to leave the Windies six wickets down after only 40 overs.


One after the other wickets kept falling and despite the best efforts of Bernard, the rest of the Windies' tail swiftly followed.


Ryan Austin departed for a duck when trapped leg before by Mahmudullah while Kemar Roach (3) and Tino Best (9) offered little resistance as Mahmudullah and Shakib mopped up the tail.


Earlier, resuming on an overnight score of 321 for five, Bangladesh had earlier failed to get to grips with the bowling attack of Sammy and Roach as the tourists' strong second innings petered out.


Sammy particularly looked in fine touch. He completed a five-wicket haul that included the key scalp of Shakib. Shakib could only add four runs to his overnight total of 26 before he was caught at mid-off.


His overnight partner, Mushfiqur Rahim did not do much better either, adding only nine more runs before he was bowled between bat and pad by Roach for 37.


The remaining four batsmen also fell pretty quickly with just the addition of nine runs.


Mahmudullah added eight before he was trapped lbw by Roach, Mashrafe Mortaza was out for a duck while Rubel Hossain became Sammy's fifth victim, trapped leg before.