Best puts WI on top
KHULNA, Bangladesh – A three-wicket burst from Tino Best and the scalp of Shakib Al Hasan in the final over after leading a fight-back for the hosts on Saturday, put West Indies on track for an unlikely victory over Bangladesh in the final Test of their two-match series here.
Best defied a stiff hamstring to grab 3-26 from eight overs and Veerasammy Permaul supported with 2-51 from 16.1 overs, as the Bangladeshis reached 226 for six in their second innings – still trailing by 35 runs – at the close on the fourth day at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium here.
Cutting his pace and trying to find a consistent line and length, Best sliced through the home team’s top order, after Fidel Edwards had snared the early scalp of opener Nazimuddin for a first-ball duck in the first over of the innings.
Permaul added the scalp of feisty Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim before Shakib and Nasir Hossain put on 144 for the sixth wicket to revive the hosts after they wobbled to 82 for five.
With the stadium lights at full blast and the crowd that more than half-filled the arena urging Shakib to score the three runs to complete his third Test hundred, Windies captain Darren Sammy entrusted the final over to Permaul his least experienced bowler.
The West Indies left-arm spinner floated up the first delivery and the eager Shakib charged down the pitch, trying to lash the delivery out of the city, and sliced a high catch to mid-off, where Best settled underneath and gleefully accepted, leaving the stunned Nasir, unbeaten on 64.
This unfolded after Shivnarine Chanderpaul gathered an undefeated 150 to allow West Indies to declare their first innings on 648 for nine about 15 minutes after lunch.
He shared 75 for the fifth wicket with Denesh Ramdin, whose dismissal for 31 triggered a slide that saw the visitors lose five wickets either side of the interval for 27 in the space of 44 deliveries, as Shakib ended 4-151 from 52 overs and Sohag Gazi finished with 3-167 from 57.3 overs.
Edwards gave the Windies an early breakthrough, when he trapped Nazimuddin plumb in front with a fast, full delivery, and had Shahriar Nafees caught at gully on eight in his third over, only for the third umpire to discover the delivery was a no-ball following a review of the dismissal – but Best swung the tide.
He bowled Tamim Iqbal for 28 with a well-pitched, first delivery which the Bangladesh opener played across, and three balls later, snaked a delivery back from outside the off-stump that also bowled Naeem Islam for two with the batsman offering no stroke.
Best delivered another blow in his third over, when Shahriar tried to evade a nasty bouncer and gloved a catch to Sammy at second slip.
Permaul claimed his first scalp following an all-too-brief period of consolidation from the Bangladeshis, when Mushfiqur charged down the pitch and also tried to hit the left-arm spinner out of the city, and was bowled for 10, leaving his side in strife.
West Indies met resistance however, when Nasir joined Shakib and they spent the next 2 ¾ hours restoring some respectability with their partnership, after taking the hosts to tea on 85 for five.
With the ball getting softer and the pitch still unyielding, the Windies bowlers toiled away, as Shakib and Nasir scored freely.
A single off Permaul to long-off brought Shakib to his 50 from 69 balls and a punch off Edwards through cover for two carried Nasir to his 50 from 100 balls.
Sunil Narine failed to put a cap on the scoring and Shakib smote 4, 6, 4 from the third, fourth and fifth deliveries of his ninth over to inch closer to put him within sight of a hundred, which he threw away with his reckless stroke.
Earlier, West Indies continued from their overnight total of 564 for four, looking to post a first innings lead of over 300 to ensure they only had to bat once in the match.
Things however, did not go to plan for the Windies, as the Tigers’ bowled a consistent line and length, set deep fields, and kept the scoring in check.
Ramdin had soldiered through the first hour-and-a-half with little trouble, but Shakib had him caught behind before following up with the scalps of Sammy caught at slip for a duck, Permaul caught at short cover for 13 and Narine caught at forward short leg for a first-ball duck, as Windies reached 639 for eight at lunch.
Chanderpaul reached his 150 shortly after the interval and when Edwards edged a loose drive and was caught at slip, Sammy waved to signal the lead was enough.
West Indies lead the two-Test series 1-0, following a 77-run victory in the first Test that ended last Saturday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.
The West Indies have never lost a Test series, let alone a Test in three trips to this country.
BANGLADESH 1st Innings 387
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 564 for four)
C. Gayle c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Sohag Gazi 25
K. Powell c Shakib Al Hasan b Rubel Hossain 13
D.M. Bravo lbw b Sohag Gazi 127
M. Samuels c (sub) Elias Sunny b Rubel Hossain 260
S. Chanderpaul not out 150
+D. Ramdin c wkpr Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 31
*D. Sammy c Mahmudullah b Shakib Al Hasan 0
V. Permaul c Sohag Gazi b Shakib Al Hasan 13
S. Narine c Shahriar Nafees b Shakib Al Hasan 0
F. Edwards c Shakib Al Hasan b Sohag Gazi 2
Extras (b10, lb7, w2, nb8) 27
TOTAL (9 wkts decl’d, 200.3 overs) 648
T. Best did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Powell), 2-43 (Gayle), 3-369 (Bravo), 4-546 (Samuels), 5-621 (Ramdin), 6-621 (Sammy), 7-639 (Permaul), 8-639 (Narine), 9-648 (Edwards)
Bowling: Sohag Gazi 57.3-4-167-3; Abul Hasan 24-0-113-0 (nb4, w1); Rubel Hossain 31-8-86-2 (nb3); Naeem Islam 14-1-43-0 (nb1); Shakib Al Hasan 52-11-151-4 (w1); Mahmudullah 10-0-42-0; Nasir Hossain 12-1-29-0
BANGLADESH 2nd Innings
Tamim Iqbal b Best 28
Nazimuddin lbw b Edwards 0
Shahriar Nafees c Sammy b Best 21
Naeem Islam b Best 2
Shakib Al Hasan c Best b Permaul 97
*+Mushfiqur Rahim b Permaul 10
Nasir Hossain not out 64
Extras (lb2, w1, nb1) 4
TOTAL (6 wkts; 56.1 overs) 226
Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Abul Hasan, Rubel Hossain to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Nazimuddin), 2-49 (Tamim Iqbal), 3-51 (Naeem Islam), 4-62 (Shahriar Nafees), 5-82 (Mushfiqur Rahim), 6-226 (Shakib Al Hasan)
Bowling: Edwards 11-0-65-1 (nb1); Narine 9-0-48-0; Permaul 16.1-2-51-2; Best 8-0-26-3 (w1); Gayle 4-0-15-0; Sammy 8-3-19-0
Position: Bangladesh trail by 35 with four second innings wickets standing
Umpires: R. Illingworth (England), B. Oxenford (Australia)
TV Replays: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: Masudur Rahman (Bangladesh)