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West Indies win first Test


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ARNOS VALE — Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim completed his third Test century but could not prevent West Indies from romping to a ten-wicket victory early on day five of the opening cricket Test at Arnos Vale Sports Complex earlier today.

Mushfiqur was last man out for 116 as Bangladesh, 256 for five overnight, was bowled out for 314 in their second innings. The pint-sized wicketkeeper hit 15 fours and one six off 243 balls in five and a half hours.

Kemar Roach was the best of the hosts’ bowlers with four for 64, while fellow pacer Shannon Gabriel grabbed two for 25 and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn two for 44.

West Indies, needing just 13 for victory, eased to the target without loss, 40 minutes before the lunch interval.

Chris Gayle hit two fours in nine not out while Kraigg Brathwaite, who earned the Man of The Match for his marathon first innings of 212, made four.

Once the West Indies broke through with the first wicket of the day a half hour in, the last five wickets tumbled for 35 runs with none of the lower order offering much resistance.

Nasir Hossain, who added 42 with his skipper, eventually fell to the impressive Roach, miscuing a pull over the bowler’s head for mid-on to run in and take a comfortable catch at 279 for six. Nasir scored 16.

Roach soon added the wicket of Shuvagata Hom, palpably lbw for a duck.

Gabriel also dispatched Taijul Islam and Rubel Hossain without scoring. Taijul, on the back foot, deflected onto his stumps while Rubel was bowled off his pads with a full-length delivery.

Mushfiqur, who survived five chances, brought up his century with a lofted six over long-on as he and last man Al-Amin ensured that West Indies would have to bat again.

They added 22 for the final wicket before the hosts finally held a catch to dismiss Mushfiqur. Darren Bravo ran around on the midwicket boundary to pouch an offering off Jerome Taylor.


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