What a game of Cricket we have witnessed from the West Indies-Bangladesh Test series as Windies win the series 2-0. No one would have ever imagined that a West Indies second-string team would dominate in the Asia subcontinent.
West Indies proved their critics wrong by winning in a situation where all odds were against them. “Cricket means everything to us. People will be proud of. People wrote us off but we kept it simple, enjoyed it, and we proved them wrong,” said skipper Kraigg Brathwaite after winning the series.
Credit goes to captain Kraigg Brathwaite, coach Phill Simmons, and team management for showing trust and faith in this inexperienced West Indies side throughout the tour.
Both the matches in this series went down the wire as any outcomes were possible. The competitiveness of both teams made this Test series a lot more interesting for cricket lovers.
How the match pans out?
West Indies had won a good toss on a pitch that suited the spinners as the game progressed. The openers started well, and Bonner, too, continued his good form by scoring 90 runs.
The middle-order batters failed to consolidate the good start as West Indies were 176 for 5 wickets down. But then Wicket-keeper batsman Joshua Da Silva’s 92 runs and Alzarri Joseph’s quick 82 runs came at a time when the team was in trouble.
These useful contributions allowed the West Indies to post a high total of 409 runs.
West Indies spinners then restricted Bangladesh to 296 courtesy of a Rahkeem Cornwall’s fifer, thus maintaining a lead of more than 100 runs.
West Indies batting in the second innings faltered as they were bundled out for a mere 117 runs. However, the first-innings lead had given them a cushion with a decent target of 230 runs on board.
Bangladesh chasing 230 looked positive at the start of the innings but lost their way in the middle. West Indies spinners didn’t allow the Bangladeshi batters to score big runs.
Despite making a come-back with the ball in the second innings, Bangladesh eventually fell short by just 17 runs. Mehidy Hasan Miraz gave a good fight for his 31 runs for the last wicket, but Warrican was too good and had him out, caught at slip.
West Indies was winning a series on Asian soil for the first time after nine years. This win was also for the first time in 65 years that West Indies spinners took all wickets in an innings.
Rahkeem Cornwall’s contribution with the ball was a treat to watch. He nearly bowled half of the overs of the West Indies bowling innings. He took 14 wickets in two matches, including a fifer in the first innings of the second Test.
Bonner was rewarded with the man-of series award for his vital contributions in both the Test matches.
Renowned commentator Ian Bishop rated this test victory highly, tweeting, “It surely has to rank as one of the greatest achievements in recent years for @windiescricket to win both test matches here in Bangladesh. Kraig Braithwaite was outstanding as a captain today. Well played gentlemen.”
With this series victory, the West Indies end the series with full 120 points, thus finishing 6th in ICC Test Championship.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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