Another scintillating bowling display by Bangladeshi spinners sink Windies by 64 runs on Day 3 of first Test match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday.
With this win, Tigers have sealed their first ever win in Tests against the Windies on home soil and taken 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.
Embarking on to chase down a target of 204 runs, the Windies batsmen were mesmerized by Taijul Islam and skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s spin as the visitors were all out for 139 in their second innings.
Taijul’s brilliant form continues as he was the key in Bangladesh’s victory with six-wickets to his name. Skipper Shakib become the first Bangladeshi player to take 200 Test wickets. He is also the fastest to complete the double of 3000 runs and 200 wickets, having completed the feat in his 54th Test, one fewer than Ian Botham.
Earlier in the morning session, Bangladesh started their second innings with overnight score of 55/5. Tigers added only 70 runs before getting all out at 125. Overnight batsman Mushfiqur Rahim played 10 balls and added 8 runs to his previous 11 before being bowled out by Shannon Gabriel at 69/6 in 18.5 overs.
Mahmudullah was the highest scorer for Bangladesh in second innings with 31 runs. He was caught by Shai Hope off-spinner Devendra Bishoo. Apart from sending off Mahmudullah, Bishoo dismissed overnight Mehidy Hasan Miraz and debutant Nayeem Hasan.
Chasing 204, Shakib got the first breakthrough for Bangladesh. Shakib completed his 200th Test wicket, dismissing Kieran Powell on 5/1 before getting Shai Hope on 11/2 in 4.5 overs. Powell and Hope both were caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim. Then Taijul came in and took two wickets in quick succession. He dismissed Brathwaite and Chase by lbw, leaving Windies at 11/4 before launch.
Post launch, Hetmyer and Ambris added 33 on a stroke-filled fifth wicket partnership before Mehedi broke through by removing Hetmyer. Taijul took his third wicket by getting rid of Dorwich, leaving Zimbabwe at 51/6.
Taijul then got two wickets of Bishoo and Roach to complete his fifer. For the touring side, there was only one notable stance of 63 off 12.4 overs partnership between Sunil Ambris and Jomel Warrican for the ninth-wicket stand.
Mehedi Miraz bagged the wicket of Jomel Warrican to break the alliance. Mehedi Hasan Miraz (27/2) was another successful wicket-taker to show the spin dominance of Bangladesh. Taijul then put the final nail in Windies coffin by dismissing Ambris.
Centurion of first innings Mominul Haque was awarded Man of the Match. The second and final Test of the series will begin on November 30 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.