Best burst condemns Bangladesh to Test defeat


Sun, Nov 18, 2012 - Page 19

Paceman Tino Best grabbed his maiden five-wicket Test haul to help the West Indies beat Bangladesh by 77 runs in the first Test in an exciting fifth day finish at the Sher-e Bangla stadium yesterday.

The 31-year-old took three wickets after lunch and added another in the final session, finishing with 5-24 to rout Bangladesh for a paltry 167 after they were set a 245-run target.

Best dismissed Shahriar Nafees (23), Shakib Al Hasan (2) and Mushfiqur Rahim (16) in quick succession and then had Bangladesh’s top scorer Mohammad Mahmudullah (29) to give his team a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

Bangladesh, seeking their second win at home and fourth overall in Test cricket, lost openers Tamim Iqbal (5) and Junaid Siddique (20) in a disappointing start.

Siddique was Best’s first victim of the innings before lunch.

Worse was to come for the hosts as Best caught Nafees miscuing a pull off his own bowling and in his next over had Bangladesh’s best batsman Shakib caught behind.

Rahim looked good initially, but Best returned for a second spell to trap the Bangladeshi skipper LBW to leave Bangladesh 85-5.

Sixteen runs later, Veerasammy Permaul had Naeem Islam LBW after the first innings century maker had made only 26. Left-arm spinner Permaul also dismissed Nasir Hossain for 21 and Sohag Gazi (19) to finish with 3-32 on his debut.

It was another disappointing batting display by the home team which ended in their 64th defeat in 74 Tests since gaining Test status in 2000.

Earlier, they were put on course for a win by medium-pacer Gazi whose 6-74 are the best figures by a Bangladeshi bowler on debut.

Gazi had Darren Sammy in the third over of the day after the tourists resumed at 244-6 to raise hopes of a Bangladeshi win.

He then took two wickets in one over, cleaning up Ravi Rampaul (5) and Best for a duck off successive deliveries.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who hit 203 not out in the first innings, came out to bat at No. 11 because of illness and although he averted the hat-trick was trapped LBW for just 1.