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Best the hero as West Indies script unlikely 77-run win against Bangladesh in Mirpur

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tino_bestAn incredible burst of raw pace from 31-year old fast bowler Tino Best helped the West Indies claim an incredible 77-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Mirpur today. A strong weekend crowd of more than 15,000 was left rather despondent as the lion-hearted West Indies fast bowler captured a career-best 5-24 from 12.3 overs, shattering Bangladesh's dreams of a rare Test victory, as they were bowled out for 167 on the final day.

Resuming from their overnight score of 244-6, West Indies' innings folded for just 273, with the visitors losing their last 9 wickets for just 64 runs in an incredible 2 hour window between close of play on day 4 and early this morning. The injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul did come out bat as the last man, but failed to follow-up on his first innings double century, making just 1 before becoming debutant Sohag Gazi's 6th victim of the innings.

Bangladesh were soon in the field, chasing 254 to register an unlikely win, this after the Windies had powered to 527 in their first innings, having declared their innings after having lost just 4 wickets. They were dealt a huge blow early on with superstar opener Tamim Iqbal falling to Ravi Rampaul for just 5 in the 5th over.

A partnership between Junaid Siddique (20) and Shahriar Nafees (23) gave Bangladesh some hope, but three quick wickets to West Indies saw the end of both set batsmen, and another key player in Shakib Al Hasan (2) with Tino Best removing all three batsmen. At 55-4, Bangladesh were in a world of trouble, and West Indies could sniff victory.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (16) and Naeem Islam (26) restored some calm in the crowd by adding another 30, but it was a disappointing day for the hosts with so many of their batsmen getting starts, but no one going on to make a match winning contribution. Best came back to trap the skipper leg before, while debutant Veerasammy Permaul joined in the fun by removing Naeem.

Nasir Hossain's 21 and Sohag Gazi's 19 on either side of Mahmudullah's 29 meant that the Bangladeshi batsmen continued to raise hopes of an unlikely comeback, only to be pegged back by the Windies bowlers, who kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to ensure that they were always favourites.

Best finally did the honours for the visitors by knocking out Mahmudullah's middle stump to register his career best figures, and more importantly guide his side to a rather decisive 77-run win.

Both teams will be happy to take a bit of a breather before facing each other in the second and final match of this short test series on Wednesday, 21st November at Khulna.

Mini Scorecard:

West Indies 1st Innings 527-4 declared (144 overs, 3.65rpo)

S Chanderpaul 203* (372) S Gazi 3-145

Bangladesh 1st Innings 556 all out (148.3 overs, 3.74rpo)

N Islam 108 (255) R Rampaul 3-118

West Indies 2nd Innings 273 all out (74.2 overs, 3.67rpo)

K Powell 110 (197) S Gazi 6-74

Bangladesh 1st Innings 167 all out (54.3 overs, 3.74rpo)

Mahmudullah 29 (50) T Best 5-24

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