Bangladesh’s lower-order didn’t last long on the final morning, leaving West Indies a target of just 27. Tino Best took three of the wickets to fall to end with career-best figures of six for 40, while Nasir Hossain again fell just short of his maiden Test century.
Bangladesh’s hopes of salvaging the draw had realistically ended with Shakib Al Hasan’s recklessness yesterday evening, but they were well and truly scuppered fourth ball today as they lost their last recognised batsmen, Mahmudullah, for two.
He tried sweeping the impressive Veerasammy Permaul, but only succeeded in getting a faint edge through to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin.
Nasir Hossain played fluently at the other end, but he was rapidly running out of partners thanks to Tino Best and was finally cleaned up by Best himself with a fast and full delivery. That was Best’s fifth wicket of the innings, following that of Sohag Gazi also bowled off a full ball, and he soon made it six, ending Rubel Hossain’s little cameo of 14 with a shorter delivery. That meant Bangladesh were all out for 287 and had lasted precisely 14 overs this morning for the addition of 61 runs.
It also meant that West Indies required just 27 in the fourth innings to wrap up the series clean sweep. They needed less than five overs, as Chris Gayle hit five boundaries to end on 20 not out and Kieran Powell finished not out on nine.
West Indies will be pleased with their series win, which shows that they might be able to transfer their World Twenty20 winning form over into cricket’s ultimate format, while for Bangladesh it was a familiar tale - one of promise with very little to show for it.
Darren Sammy spoke afterwards of the win being an another step in the right direction, saying, “It was remarkable to see the way we played. Best has put us in good positions. Good to see everyone has put in a lot of hard work, we are taking steps to get going in Test matches as well.”
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was again left looking for positives, adding, “In this Test, there were a couple of guys who put up their hand and did a good job, congratulations to Shakib for his 100th wicket and Nasir for his good form but we need to work harder to have more players performing like them. One of our challenges is to overcome our problems and bat much better. The ODI series will be a great series for the guys and the others who will be joining us.”
The first of five One-Day Internationals is in Khulna on Friday, with a Twenty20 International concluding West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh on 10th December in Mirpur.
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