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West Indies on the verge of series sweep in Bangladesh

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tino_bestA 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 today, put West Indies firmly on track for a 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 in Khulna.

West Indies started the day at 564-4, leading Bangladesh by 177 runs already in the first innings. Shivnarine Chanderpaul had already brought up his century, and continued to pile on more runs in the morning. The veteran left-hander shared in a 75-run stand with wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who contributed 31 before he was caught behind off Shakib Al Hasan.

Shakib though was in the mood today, and ran through the Windies lower order, dismssing Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine for a pair of ducks, with Veerasammy Permaul chipping in with a quickfire 13 in between those two dismissals. When Fidel Edwards fell for 2 to Sohag Gazi, with Shakib this time taking the catch, the Windies decided to declare their innings closed at 648-9, leaving Chanderpaul unbeaten on an even 150.

Facing a deficit of 261, Bangladesh truly had their backs to the wall to prevent a series whitewash at home, and when Nazimuddin fell for a first ball duck in the opening over of their second innings, one figured the Windies might just romp through to an easy win.

Tamim Iqbal (28) and Shahriar Nafees (21) added 48 for the second wicket to calm the nerves in the Bangladesh camp, but both men fell in quick succession to Tino Best, who also picked up the wicket of Naeem Islam (2) in between to leave the hosts struggling at 62-4.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim failed to fire too, as Bangladesh slipped further into the mire at 82-5, with Permaul getting among the wickets, bowling the Bangladesh captain for 10.

However, the Windies charge met some expected resistance from a proud former skipper in Shakib Al Hasan, who flayed the ball to all parts of the ground. Shakib dominated a 144 run 6th wicket partnership with Nasir Hossain, who chipped in with a crucial unbeaten 64. However, in the final over of the day, Shakib fell for 97, trying to bring up a well deserved century when an attempted hoick off Permaul went awry.

Bangladesh are still 35 runs away from making West Indies bat again, but should they somehow be able to squeeze out some runs from their tail once again, we could be in for a blockbuster finish. As things stand though, the Windies are the overwhelming favourites to romp to a massive win.

Teams:

Bangladesh: T Iqbal, Nazimuddin, S Nafees, S Al Hasan, N Islam, M Rahim, Mahmudullah, N Hossian, S Gazi, A Hasan, R Hossain

West Indies: C Gayle, K Powell, D Bravo, M Samuels, S Chanderpaul, D Ramdin, D Sammy, V Permaul, S Narine, T Best, F Edwards

Mini Scorecard

Bangladesh 1st innings 387 all out (91.1 overs, 4.24 rpo)

A Hasan 113(123) F Edwards 6/90

Mahmudullah 76(97) D Sammy 3/74

West Indies 1st innings 648/9 declared (200.3 overs, 3.23 rpo)

M Samuels 260 (455) Shakib Al Hasan 4/151

S Chanderpaul 150* (282) S Gazi 3/167

Bangladesh 2nd innings 226-6 (56.1 overs, 4.02 rpo)

Shakib Al Hasan 97 (117) T Best 3/26

N Hossain 64 (133) V Permaul 2/51

File Photograph Copyright: WICB Media

File Photograph Copyright: WICB Media