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Mayers’ incredible knock takes Windies to remarkable win

Kyle Mayers, who scored 40 runs in the first innings, ended with 250 runs in the match, the second highest for a West Indies batsman on debut.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Kyle Mayers made an unbeaten double hundred on debut to help West Indies snatch an extraordinary three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test here on Sunday.

Bangladesh declared its second innings on 223 for eight, setting West Indies a daunting victory target of 395, and the tourists completed the fifth-highest successful run chase in Test history.

Mayers added 216 runs with Nkrumah Bonner (86) to turn the match on its head and took a single off spinner Nayeem Hasan to seal a fairytale victory for a second-string West Indies side led by Kraigg Brathwaite.

Mayers, a 28-year-old left-handed batsman from Barbados, remained unbeaten on 210, including 20 fours and seven sixes, and became only the sixth player to score a double hundred in the fourth innings of a Test.

"It's a great feeling to be playing Test cricket," Mayers, who averages about 29 in First Class cricket, said after collecting the Man-of-the-Match award.

"Then to go on and score a century, and then to make it a double, and then going on to win this Test. A guy making his debut and making a double should inspire all youngsters to work hard and reach this level," he added.

Mayers’ incredible knock takes Windies to remarkable win
 

West Indies sent a weakened squad to Bangladesh after several players, including Test captain Jason Holder, opted out of the tour citing COVID-19 concerns.

At 59 for three, West Indies looked in trouble but Brathwaite said he never lost belief.

"We knew it was an open game. We trusted our plans, and Bonner and Mayers showed that they can stick to the plans, and make it work," he said.

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque admitted the hosts did not bowl well on the final-day track.

Mayers’ incredible knock takes Windies to remarkable win
 

"We didn't create enough chances, and our bowlers didn't bowl enough in the right areas," Mominul said. "But all credit goes to Bonner and Mayers who batted really well."

The second and final Test starts in Dhaka on Thursday.

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