Tino Best fires West Indies to crushing victory

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CRICKET / Takes a career-best six-wicket haul

HIGH FIVES:Tino Best (right) celebrates with Darren Bravo after getting rid of Nasir Hossain.— PHOTO: AP
HIGH FIVES:Tino Best (right) celebrates with Darren Bravo after getting rid of Nasir Hossain.— PHOTO: AP

: Paceman Tino Best took a career-best six-wicket haul to fire the West Indies to a crushing ten-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second Test here on Sunday, sealing the series 2-0.

The 31-year-old Barbadian followed his maiden five-wicket haul in the first Test with a six for 40 to dismiss the home team for 287 in the second innings on the fifth and final morning at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

The tourists knocked off the required 27 runs in just 4.4 overs to win their second successive series in Bangladesh. They also won the two-Test series 1-0 last year.

Chris Gayle finished with 20 not out while fellow opener Kieran Powell (nine not out) sealed the win with two consecutive boundaries off Naeem Islam.

Bangladesh avoided an innings defeat thanks to a fighting 94 by Nasir Hossain but lost its last four wickets with the addition of 61 runs after resuming at 226 for six.

Dismal record

It is Bangladesh’s 65th defeat in 75 Tests since gaining Test status 12 years ago — a dismal record which constantly raises questions over its right to play the five-day version of the game. Its losses include 34 defeats by an innings.

Shakib Al Hasan had delayed a West Indian win on Saturday when he hit a defiant 97 but he fell to an irresponsible shot in the penultimate over of the day, exposing the tail for the West Indies on the final day.

Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who took three for 67, removed Mohammad Mahmudullah in the first over on Sunday when the batsman failed to keep an attempted sweep down and was caught behind by Denesh Ramdin for two.

Best then came into his own, clean bowling Sohag Gazi with his first ball of the day and ended Nasir’s resistance with a sharp incoming delivery which hit the stumps.

The 20-year-old Nasir, who scored 96 in the first Test in Dhaka, faced 157 balls and hit 11 fours and a six.

The two-Test series will be followed by five One-Day Internationals with the first in Khulna on Friday.

The two teams will also play a Twenty20 international.

Setback for Shakib

Shakib will miss the first two ODIs against the West Indies after suffering a shin injury, a team official said on Sunday. The 25-year-old’s injury will add to the home team’s problems after a 10-wicket defeat in the second Test.

Shakib had an MRI scan after the fourth day of the second Test on Saturday and was diagnosed with a stress reaction of the right tibia.

“We have decided that he will take no further part in the second Test match and will miss the first two one-dayers in Khulna,” team physio Vibhav Singh told reporters. “We will review his scan report with an orthopaedic specialist in Dhaka to decide the best management plan for Shakib.” — AFP

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