Paceman Tino Best grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul to help the West Indies beat Bangladesh by 77 runs in the first Test in an exciting fifth day finish at Sher-e Bangla Stadium on Saturday.
The 31-year-old paceman took three wickets in the post lunch session and added another in the final session, finishing with 5-24 to rout Bangladesh for a paltry 167 after they were set a 245-run target.
Best dismissed Shahriar Nafees (23), Shakib Al Hasan (two) and Mushfiqur Rahim (16) in quick succession and then had Bangladesh’s top scorer Mohammad Mahmudullah (29) to give his team a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.
The second and final Test will be played in Khulna from November 21. Bangladesh, seeking their second win at home and fourth overall in Test cricket, lost openers Tamim Iqbal (five) and Junaid Siddique (20) in a disappointing start. Siddiqui became Best’s first victim in the innings before lunch.
“Bangladesh played really well, but credit must go to our bowlers and batsmen. It turned out to be a very good wicket after 1000 runs in the first two innings, but there was something in the final stages of the match,” said West Indies captain Darren Sammy. “The team has a whole new belief and we are trying to get more consistent in Tests. We are looking to improve with every game,” Sammy added.
Sammy’s Bangladesh counterpart, meanwhile, bemoaned a lack of partnerships in his team’s second innings. “In this Test, we competed well. Test cricket is the biggest challenge and we don’t play that many, but we really did well in the first innings, but lack of partnerships in the second let us down,” said Rahim.