West Indies beat Banglandesh in 2nd Test – Wins Series 2-0 : Rakheem Cornwall’s four-wicket haul helped West Indies beat Bangladesh by 17 runs and whitewash the series on Sunday. He bowled 30 overs, almost unchanged and bargain four wickets to give his team a memorable win. The win is huge as Windies also did not have their regular skipper playing as well and still have scripted history. Tamim Iqbal had put Bangladesh in a commanding position as he was going great guns. But the game turned on its head as wickets kept tumbling one after the other.
The Tigers were outbatted in the first Test and have been outbowled in this one. A lot of food for thought for them and so much to discuss on the drawing board. But for the Windies, hope their Test stocks see a rise from here on. Windies all over the world would rejoice this massive win as Bangladesh have been a tough cookie at home in the recent past. And to quote the statistics, this is only the second loss for Bangladesh at Dhaka since 2015. Phenomenal series indeed.
A double hundred in a run chase on the final day. A close chase in the second contest. It has been dramatic all the way through and both the results fell in favour of the braver team. Bangladesh’s timidity on so many occasions didn’t help them wrestle control of the series. First the Aus-Ind Test series and now this, Test cricket indeed has been the thrill-a-minute ride of late.
Taijul Islam bagged four wickets, Nayeem Hasan picked three, Abu Jayed pocketed two, while Mehidy Hasan took one wicket as Bangladesh bowled out West Indies for mere 117 in second innings in the second innings of the second Test in Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. The visitors have set modest 231-run target for Bangladesh with 1.5 day remaining in the Test.
Kraigg Brathwaite, Winning skipper: I would say this is a team effort. The One day team didn’t do well. But we had some plans and came on top. I know my skill with the ball. Just wanted to keep it tight. Coming over here with all the protocols in place, it is huge. Very thankful for this opportunity. Am very proud of the boys. It means everything back home. The fans will be proud. We just stuck to our plans and proved them wrong. I know what Mayers can give us. I have known him from primary school. Moseley will also give us runs soon.
Nkrumah Bonner, Man of the Series: Actually the conditions are similar. The only difference might be that it keeps a little lower here. I talked to senior guys and they told me to occupy the crease for as long as I could. I took my time in the middle and remained patient.
Rahkeem Cornwall, Man of the Match: It was a good performance. The whole team had great energy from day 1. The team management backed us as well. Once the conditions allow you to spin it, I backed myself to spin it. You need to be patient and bowl consistently. I practice hard in the mornings with my slip catching. I just back myself that when the ball comes to me, I will catch it.
Mominul Haque, losing captain: When you lose, it is always disappointing. We did have some positives. Mehidy was exceptional with the bat and the ball. Taijul bowled really well. Tamim and Mushfiqur got fifties as well. When Tamim was batting, we thought we will easily win it. But we lost wickets in the middle period and then Mehidy tried hard but fell short. Shakib gives us two options. So, one player wouldn’t have been able to fill his big boots.