West Indies vs Bangladesh 2nd Test Day 4: West Indies complete 2-0 whitewash

The West Indies celebrate after whitewashing Bangladesh 2-0

The West Indies celebrate after whitewashing Bangladesh 2-0

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The West Indies’ 500th Test ended on a high as they completed their 2-0 whitewash of Bangladesh with a convincing 296-run win on the fourth day of the second Test in St Lucia.

Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul starred with the bat as he scored an unbeaten century, while spinner Sulieman Benn excelled with the ball as he ripped through Bangladesh’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul.

Starting out the day on 208/4, Chanderpaul and Jermaine Blackwood converted their 108-run partnership into a 169-run partnership, during which Chanderpaul brought up his 30th Test century and Blackwood his half-century, before captain Denesh Ramdin decided to declare with his side on 269/4, which set Bangladesh a target of 489 runs to win.

Chanderpaul is all smiles after bringing up his 30th Test century

Chanderpaul is all smiles after bringing up his 30th Test century

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Chanderpaul finished on 101 off 134 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Blackwood’s career-best knock of 66 came off 120 deliveries and included three boundaries and a six.

Blackwood hit three boundaries and a six during his career-best innings of 66

Blackwood hit three boundaries and a six during his career-best innings of 66

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Mahmudullah was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Taijul Islam and Shafiul Islam chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 489 to win, Bangladesh got off to a solid start as Shamsur Rahman and Tamim Iqbal amassed a 47-run partnership before Rahman was caught be Kirk Edwards off the bowling of Jerome Taylor for 39.

Anamul Haque failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Benn for a duck.

Iqbal and Mominul Haque stabilised the innings with a 110-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before Iqbal was caught by Shannon Gabriel off the bowling of Benn.

Iqbal’s brilliant knock of 64 came off 181 balls and included two boundaries and a six.

Iqbal made a valiant 64

Iqbal made a valiant 64

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Mahmudullah did not score anything as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Gabriel for a duck.

Mahmudullah reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to clip leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Haque went on to score 56 off 139 balls, which included five boundaries, before he was caught by Gabriel at midwicket off the bowling of Benn.

Haque scored a gutsy 53

Haque scored a gutsy 56

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Following Haque’s dismissal, Bangladesh’s middle and lower order completely collapsed as they went from being 160/5 to 192 all out.

Benn was easily the most successful bowler after taking his sixth five-wicket haul, while Taylor snapped up three and Gabriel and Kemar Roach claimed one wicket each.

Benn finished with figures of 5-72 off his 32 overs

Benn finished with figures of 5-72 off his 32 overs

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “Tamim and Mominul fought it out, but then we collapsed. We need to improve. Throughout the series, and even over the last few years, we have struggled (with collapses). We need to be tough for the whole session, and not just one hour or two hours. I think Tamim played really well, along with Mominul and Mahmudullah. Taijul and Al-Amin have also performed, but as a group we need to perform. Let’s see how we do when we get back home.”

Ramdin was ecstatic to have won his first Test series as captain, and said: “It feels amazing to win these matches. It was an all-around team effort. Brathwaite and Johnson started well and then Roach just bowled beautifully. We just wanted to keep the run rate down and create opportunities for wickets. We also tried to switched the bowlers around with the ends and bowl into the breeze. It was a very good batting pitch, but when the ball is moving it is always tough for the new batsmen. Brathwaite and Chanderpaul stood out for the entire series. They really went out there and batted and batted, and put the opposition out of the game. Really glad to have them on board.”

Chanderpaul was named Man of the Match, and said: “Winning the Test match is the most important thing. That was our aim from the beginning. We just tried to get as much as we could in the first innings, and then see where we could go. (when asked about not being dismissed this series) Can’t think about getting out, and need to think about batting the next day, and hopefully I can maintain this as long as possible. (When asked about his age and pushing on) Let’s see how far I can go.”

West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite was named Man of the Series for scoring 324 runs at an average of 108.

“Coming here I had some confidence,” he said. “I just wanted to keep that momentum going through the Tests. It was a great pitch, obviously first day it was doing a fair bit. It got a bit better batting later on. It is going to be a tough series (against India), but I know we have the guys to give them a challenge. Everybody is coming together and working hard, and we are all just really enjoying the moment.”

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