The first Test in Chattogram has gone to West Indies after a memorable three-wicket win over Bangladesh. The highest total has been chased down in Asia, fifth highest worldwide.
From being 59/3 to chasing down 395, debutants Kyle Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner have pulled off a magical -wicket victory. West Indies were 171 runs behind after their first innings. Now they are leading the series 1-0. The beauty of Test cricket.
The fate of Multan 2003 and Fatullah 2006 has returned haunting Bangladesh. Although with time, Bangladesh have grown to be favourites at home. They were clear favourites against a depleted West Indian side.
Mayers is one of the finds for West Indies on this tour. The left-hander displayed solid stroke-playing throughout the ODIs and the first Test. This time, under pressure, he has announced himself as the new hero.
Mayers became only the sixth player to hit a double hundred on Test match debut. Outstandingly, the 28-year-old is the only man to do that in the fourth innings. 210 runs not out from 310 balls. In the process, he slammed 20 fours and 7 sixes.
Mayers paired on a vital 216 runs partnership with Bonner. Bangladesh’s missed chances in the morning session helped the cause. The skipper Mominul Haque did not consider taking DRS on two occasions which the replays showed the decision could have fared Bangladesh’s way.
Bonner missed out on a hundred but gave huge support in making 86 runs off 245 deliveries.
Bangladesh failed to grab wickets in the first two sessions on day two. Bonner departed after tea and was later followed Jermaine Blackwood. Joshua Da Silva made a steady 20 in a 100-run partnership with Mayers when the latter took off.
West Indies lost wickets in the last session but managed to make all important 129 runs to seal three-wicket victory.
As far as Bangladesh are concerned, the hosts lacked intent. Even Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who bagged yet another four-for, failed to make any impact in the defining day of the Test.
Shakib Al Hasan was missing on the field but passed words on to his teammates. His participation in the second Test in Dhaka starting from February 11 is under scrutiny.
Bangladesh are still on zero points in the World Test Championship. West Indies have picked their second win in the tournament.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 430 (Miraz 103; Warrican 4/133)
West Indies 1st innings: 259 (Brathwaite 76; Miraz 4/58)
Bangladesh 2nd innings: 223/8d (Mominul 115, Warrican 3/57)
West Indies 2nd innings: 395/7 in 127.3 overs (Mayers 210*, Bonner 86; Miraz 4/113)
West Indies won by 3 wickets