West Indies beat Bangladesh by three wickets in first Test

West Indies' Kyle Mayers celebrates after scoring a double century during the fifth day of the first cricket Test against Bangladesh. — AFP
West Indies' Kyle Mayers celebrates after scoring a double century during the fifth day of the first cricket Test against Bangladesh. — AFP

Chittagong - Mehidy Hasan picked up 4-113 for Bangladesh



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Published: Sun 7 Feb 2021, 2:47 PM

Last updated: Sun 7 Feb 2021, 3:41 PM

Kyle Mayers became the first batsman to score a fourth-innings double century on debut as West Indies chased down 395 runs for a stunning three-wicket win against Bangladesh in the first Test on Sunday.

Mayers struck 20 fours and seven sixes in his 310-ball 210 not out, guiding the West Indies to complete the fifth highest chase in a Test and also the biggest in Asia.

Mayers, who scored 40 runs in the first innings, ended with 250 runs in the match, the second highest for a West Indies batsman on debut.

His 216-run partnership with Nkrumah Bonner (86) for the fourth wicket, West Indies’ highest 4th innings partnership for any wicket since 1984, proved to be the game changer.

Needing another 285 runs with seven wickets in hand, the West Indies began the crucial fifth day on the front foot, with Bonner pulling offspinner Mehidy Hasan over square leg for a boundary from the first ball.

Mayers and Bonners then survived several tricky moments in the first hour of the day, with offspinner Hasan (4-113) and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (2-91) keeping the batsmen on their toes.

Mayers brought up his century off 177 balls, after getting an outside edge that flew past gully for his 13th boundary. In doing so, he became just the eighth batsmen to hit a fourth-innings century on debut.

While Mayers chose to counterattack, Bonner opted to defend in a strategy of caution and calculated aggression that served them well.

After two disappointing sessions, Taijul Islam finally gave Bangladesh some hope, dismissing Bonner in the first over after tea.

The wicket came off just as Bonner came out in an aggressive mood to press for victory as West Indies entered the last session needing another 129 runs from a possible 33 overs.

Bonner’s 86 came off 245 balls, with 10 boundaries and one six.

Bangladesh then appeared to tighten its grip on the match as offspinner Nayeem Hasan dismissed Jermaine Blackwood for 9, leaving the West Indies at 292-5.

But Mayers continued his spectacular attack with wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva giving him the necessary support to seal the victory.

Silva scored just 20 in their 100-run partnership and was out just three runs away from victory.

Mayers, meanwhile, brought up his double hundred off 303 balls with a gentle punch to deep backward point for a single.

He then hit his seventh six to put the tourists on the verge of the victory before pushing one off Nayeem Hasan to mid-on for a single to confirm the victory.

On Saturday, Bangladesh declared its second innings on 223-8 after skipper Mominul Haque struck his 10th test century.

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan then continued his good recent form for Bangladesh, taking three wickets to reduce the tourists to 110-3 at stumps on day four.

Bangladesh scored 430 in its first innings before gaining a 171-run lead after dismissing West Indies for 259 runs.

Scoreboard

Bangladesh first innings 430 (Mehidy 103, Shakib 68, Shadman 59; Jomel Warrican 4-133)

West Indies first innings 259 (Kraigg Brathwaite 76, Jermaine Blackwood 68; Mehidy Hasan 4-58)

Bangladesh second innings 223-8 declared (Mominul Haque 115, Liton Das 69; Jomel Warrican 3-57, Rahkeem Cornwall 3-81)

West Indies second innings (overnight 110-3)

Kraigg Brathwaite c sub b Mehidy 20

John Campbell lbw b Mehidy 23

Shayne Moseley lbw b Mehidy 12

Nkrumah Bonner lbw b Taijul 86

Kyle Mayers not out 210

Jermaine Blackwood st Liton b Nayeem 9

Joshua Da Silva b Taijul Islam 20

Kemar Roach c sub-b Mehidy 0

Rahkeem Cornwall not out 0

Extras (b11, lb4) 15

Total (seven wickets; 127.3 overs) 395

Did not bat: Shannon Gabriel, Jomel Warrican

Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Campbell), 2-48 (Brathwaite), 3-59 (Moseley) 4-275 (Bonner), 5-292 (Blackwood), 6-392 (Da Silva), 7-394 (Roach)

Bowling: Mustafizur 13-1-71-0, Taijul 45-18-91-2, Mehidy 35-3-113-4, Nayeem 34.3-4-105-1

Result: West Indies win by three wickets

Series Result: West Indies lead series 1-0

Toss: Bangladesh

Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG), Sharfuddoula Saikat (BAN)

TV umpire: Gazi Sohel (BAN)

Match referee: Neeyamur Rashid Rahul (BAN)


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