Windies Wrap Up First Test In Win Against Bangladesh

West Indies 265 (Brathwaite 94, Blackwood 63, Mehidy 4-65) and 88 for 3 (Campbell 58*, Blackwood 26*, Khaled 3-27) beat Bangladesh 103 and 245 (Nurul 64, Roach 5-53, Joseph 3-55) by seven wickets.

John Campbell ended the game with a massive six as a sign of defiance and apparently to show who is boss.

It took a mere seven overs for the Windies to wrap up the game and to start thinking about the second and final Test, which gets underway on Friday in St Lucia.

West Indies ended the match on 88 for 3 after resuming the fourth day on 49 for 3 in the second innings, needing 35 more runs to go up in the series 1- nil.

Campbell was in no mood to poke around, and he speeded up the scoring rate to quickly put Bangladesh out of their misery.

He hit nine fours and one six in his unbeaten 58.

Meanwhile, his partner Jermaine Blackwood managed 26 not out after the pair came to their team’s rescue with a fourth-wicket partnership of 79.

West Indies scored 265 in the first innings. Bangladesh had 103 and 245. Kemar Roach was named Player of the Match for this match haul of 6 for 74.

Bangladesh medium pacer Khaled Ahmed, who took three wickets in 11 balls on day three, was unable to break through again. He finished with 3 for 27 from eight overs.

Both captains shared the following in their post-match interview, respectively:

Brathwaite: I thought Bangladesh bowled well. We batted more than 100 overs which was quite good as well. The coaching staff has been good, and Roach has been bowling well. The pitch has some moisture. It doesn’t mean that the opposition is going to roll over. Roach is a champion, and he adds a lot to the team. It (the wins) motivates us to push ourselves more. Very pleasing to see Campbell get a half-century. He has good ability.

Shakib: [The toss], of course, played a significant part. That said, we needed to apply ourselves better. Going into lunch 6-wickets down wasn’t a good thing. That first session killed the match for us. We have been having a lot of collapses, and it doesn’t help the bowlers. All of the bowlers bowled their heart out. Nurul showed a lot of character. I was quite positive while batting, and I wasn’t thinking what the ball would do. If it was there to be hit, I would.

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