Monday 20 July 2009 

Super Shakib Steers Bangladesh To Series Win

Super Shakib Steers Bangladesh To Series Win
Super Shakib Steers Bangladesh To Series Win
© Brookes La Touche Photography / digicelcricket.com
 

Bangladesh 232 & 217-6 (Shakib Al Hasan 96no) beat
West Indies 237 & 209 (Bernard 69) by  four wickets

Second Test, Grenada, day four

Captain Shakib Al Hasan led the way with bat and ball to guide Bangladesh to a series-clinching four-wicket win over the West Indies in the second and final Test in Grenada.

Already 1-0 up against a West Indies team missing its major stars due to a contract row, Shakib picked up his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests before scoring an unbeaten 96 in 97 balls to guide his team to another historic win.

The West Indies resumed on 192 for eight but Bangladesh made short work of the lower order after a lengthy delay due to rain, Enamul Haque having David Bernard stumped for 69 before Shakib had Tino Best caught by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim for 12.

Shakib finished with five for 70 while Haque returned three for 48 to leave Bangladesh with a victory target 215 and plenty of time to get there.

Barring rain, the draw had been taken out of the equation and Bangladesh made a watchful start but lost the wickets of Imrul Kayes (8) and Zunaed Siddique (5), Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy striking early.

A circumspect Tamim Iqbal made 18 in 42 balls but he was also dismissed by Sammy and when Mohammad Ashraful's dismal run of form continued, the former captain making just three before he became Sammy's third wicket, the score was 67 for four and the West Indies were in the game.

A vital partnership of 106 for the fifth wicket between Roqibul Hasan and Shakib eased the nerves, Roqibul next to depart when he was caught and bowled by the impressive Sammy for 65 in 99 balls.

Mushfiqur Rahim made 12 before he too was caught and bowled by Sammy, who finished with five for 55, but Shakib was not to be denied, Shakib hitting Roach for four, four, two and then six in consecutive deliveries to put the match beyond any doubt.

In all, the all-rounder scored 13 fours as well as that maximum to spark more celebrations in the Bangladesh camp.

Bangladesh won the opening match in Saint Vincent by 95 runs and after more than four years without a win, they have now picked up two in a row, and with it sealed a first series win both against an established Test-playing nation, and away from home.

© Cricket World 2009

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