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West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach sliced through Bangladesh’s batting line-up with four wickets to help his side cruise to a convincing 10-wicket win on the fifth day of the first Test in St Vincent.
However, even though West Indies won the match, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim deserves a lot of credit as he scored a valiant century.
Starting out the day on 256/5, Rahim and Nasir Hossain managed to convert their 19-run partnership into a 42-run partnership before Hossain was caught by Shannon Gabriel at mid-on off the bowling of Roach for 19.
Debutant Shuvagata Hom failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Roach for a duck.
Hom decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle and leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.
Taijul Islam, who was also making his debut, did not score any runs as he was clean bowled by Gabriel.
Gabriel struck again just two balls later when he cleaned up Rubel Hossain for a duck.
Rahim ended up scoring his third Test century before he was caught by Darren Bravo at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.
Rahim’s superb knock of 116 came off 243 balls and included 15 boundaries and a six.
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Roach was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Gabriel and Sulieman Benn snapped up two wickets apiece and Taylor and Chris Gayle claimed one wicket each as Bangladesh were bowled out for 314, which set the West Indies a target of 13 runs to win.
Needing 13 runs to go 1-0 up, Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite only needed 16 deliveries to finish off the game.
Gayle finished on nine off 10 balls, which included two boundaries, while Brathwaite remained undefeated on four off six deliveries, which included one boundary.
Rahim was disappointed to have lost the match: “It’s getting better (the injured finger). Hopefully it will be OK in a couple of days. After a long time we have had a Test so the boys looked a bit tired, but towards the end they showed some good character. We have a lot of areas to improve, especially in the batting, and hopefully if the boys apply themselves, then we can do better next time.
“Taijul has been great in the first-class arena over the last few years, while Mominul has shown good signs as well. All the boys are looking good and if they do the right things then we should do better. (When asked about playing solely as a batsman) Well it depends on the team and what the management says.”
West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin was pleased to have gone 1-0 up in the series, and said: “Job done but Bangladesh definitely showed some fight in the second innings, especially Mushfiqur. Roach bowled exceptionally well on a flat pitch, and he was backed up by the bowlers as well. It is a cause for concern (the number of dropped catches). It is very important we work on those areas. Our slip catching has hampered us in the past and in St Lucia we definitely need to hold all our chances.
“Brathwaite is definitely going from strength to strength and is displaying immense maturity. We hope he can continue on to bigger and better things. Chanderpaul also batted well to support Brathwaite. I think our team is in a good place. Our batsmen are getting runs and our bowlers are getting wickets. We hope the pitch at St. Lucia will be a lot greener than the one we have had here.”
Brathwaite was named Man of the Match for his exceptional double century in the first innings, and said: “It’s a good feeling. It was a difficult pitch but I worked hard and it brought me success. I got a lot better against spin bowling and I have been working on some things with the bowling machine, but I still have a long way to go. Everytime I go out I try to get as much as possible. Next game I will come back and work hard for the team.”