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Tino’s Career-Best Dashes Bangladesh’s Hopes Of Historic Win

  • West Indies vs Bangladesh First Test – Mirpur

West Indies fast bowler Tino Best snared a career-best five for 24 as Bangladesh fell 78 runs short of a historic victory on the final day of the opening Test in Mirpur.
Chasing 245 for a first ever Test win over an established nation, Bangladesh were skittled out for 167 with Best completing his first Test five-wicket haul, when he bowled Mahmadullah midway through the evening session.
It was a disappointing end to a day that had begun so promisingly for Bangladesh after their bowlers had seemingly paved the way for a memorable win.
After grabbing five late wickets last night the Tigers needed just an hour this morning to take the final four and bowl out the tourists for 273.
That left Bangladesh chasing 245 for a historic victory.
Despite the early loss of TamimIqbal for just five, Bangladesh looked like making a go of it as JunaidSiddique and ShahriarNafees built the foundations of a decent partnership.
Bangladesh went into lunch at 45 for two and Best then took centre stage after the interval.
Nafeesfell to an ill-judged pull shot that he could only balloon back before Shakib Al-Hasan was caught on the crease as he edged behind to leave his side 55 for four.
Best then claimed the key wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim with a ball from wide on the crease that trapped the skipper in front.
Bangladesh’s task was made emphatically harder when first-innings centurion Naeem Islam departed with the score on 106. VeerasammyPermaul was the wicket-taker, in his first over, after Islam played down the wrong line of a ball that straightened into his pads.
Permaul was upstaging his higher-profile spinner Sunil Narine, who went wicketless in 18 overs after being thrown the new ball, and the debutant grabbed a fifth wicket of the afternoon session when he spun one into NasirHossain’s stumps.
That left Bangladesh with 116 runs to get but just three wickets in hand with a session to play.
SohagGazi and Mahmadullah returned to the crease after tea with the intent to suggest they had not given up hope, with both clearing the ropes within five overs after the final break.
But Permaul (three for 32) had Gozi caught in the deep when he went for one shot too many.ShahadatHossain then fended Ravi Rampaul to short leg before Best wrapped up the win.
The second and final Test begins in Khulna on Wednesday.

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