|Bangladesh vs Windies: Mirpur Test |
Bangladesh 1st Innings: 508
Windies 1st Innings: 111
Windies 2nd Innings: 213
Result: Bangladesh won by an Innings and 184 Runs.
Man of the Match: Mehidy Hasan.
Man of the Series: Shakib Al Hasan.
Bangladesh whitewashed Windies in the 2-match test series with a victory by an innings and 184 runs. They dominated with the ball again in the third day of Mirpur test and ended up with consecutive third victory in test cricket. For the first time in their history, they defeated a team by an innings.
From the first day of this test, Bangladesh were showing all the sign of confidence. After scoring a mammoth total, they started to dominate with the ball. In fact, this is the first test where Bangladesh didn’t use any pacer at all. Bangladeshi spinners, especially Mehidy Hasan Miraz was outstanding throughout the match. He took seven wickets in the first innings. Most importantly, he got another fifer in the second innings. This was the second time he took 10 or more in a match and he equalised Shakib’s record for Bangladesh in terms of taking 10 in a match.
The day started from where it ended last night. Mehidy took the major role in the destruction of Windies’ first innings. He took the important wickets of Hetmyer and Dowrich in the morning. Windies fell apart shortly. Mehidy bowled his career best spell of 7 for 58 in the first innings.
Bangladesh wrapped up the remaining part of the first innings of Windies between one hour. Then Shakib Al Hasan made the glorious decision of imposing follow-on for the first time in the test history of Bangladesh. Then the devastation continued. Hetmyer resisted for sometime, but it was not enough to avoid the shameful defeat. He was 7 short of his hundred in the second innings, when Mehidy trapped him for giving another catch to the long-off.
In the journey towards this glorious victory, Bangladesh violated the record-book several times. For the first time ever, all the 40 wickets of one team are taken by the spinners. This is the first series victory against Windies at home by Bangladesh in tests.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz was inevitably adjugded Man of the Match for his tremendous bowling effort. Shakib Al Hasan, with his all-round performance and accurate captaincy, got the Man of the Series award. Shakib showed how aggressive captaincy can effect the team’s performance. He and team management should be praised for taking the brave decision to play with all-spin bowling attack. His men showed the spin-strength of Bangladesh. On the other hand, Windies might be worried about their weakness in spin.
Bangladesh have wrapped up the series literally in less than five and a half days. This is the projection of Bangladesh’s strength at home. These two teams will face in three match ODI series starting from December 9. They will play a T-20 series afterwards.
Windies Under Enormous Pressure
|Day 2 |
Bangladesh: 508/10 (154 Overs) [Mahmudullah 136, Shakib 80; Brathwaite 2/57]
Windies: 75/5 (24 Overs) [Hetmyer* 32, Dowrich* 17; Mehidy 3/36, Shakib 2/15]
Bangladesh are definitely ahead in the second test match against Windies at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. After 2nd day’s play, Bangladesh got a mammoth lead of 433 runs. Already they sent back 5 batsmen of Windies. 3rd day will be very crucial for the visitors as they have no options other than winning the match.
Bangladesh scored 259 for 5 in the previous day. They started the second day with flourishing shots from Shakib and Mahmudullah. It is clear that Bangladesh have been trying to win this match. After that aggressive start, Shakib missed out another century and went back on 80. But Mahmudullah played an aesthetic test innings then. Liton Das joined him with a quickfire half-century and departed after lunch.
Later, Bangladesh lower-order played an important role to help Mahmudullah achieve his third hundred in test cricket. Mahmudullah scored his career-best 136 to give his team a decent total of 508. Bangladesh batsmen made a record: for the first time all 11 batsmen reached double figure scores for them.
Bangladesh fans were keen to see how their team can handle without any pacer with the new ball. They did beyond all imagination. Shakib and Mehidy took 5 wickets within 29 runs. Windies somehow managed to recover with the batting of Hetmyer and Dowrich. But still they are in trouble because they need 234 more to avoid follow-on.
Bangladesh will start the third day with a lot of confidence. Mehidy and Shakib bowled very well and they also have test specialist like Taijul and a tall teenager, Naeem, who can turn the ball sharply. So another spin trap is set to prey Windies.
Bangladesh bowlers renewed a record book after 1890. All the five wickets were bowled out. This never happened in last 129 years history of test cricket. Can Bangladesh give many more surprises? Or, are Caribbeans going to fight back strongly? It will be revealed tomorrow.
Bangladesh Got A Solid Start
|Bangladesh: 259/5 (90 Overs) [Day 1] [Shadman 76, Shakib* 55, Mahmudullah* 31; Bishoo 2/69]|
Bangladesh started Mirpur test in a positive style. After first day, they scored 259 for 5. It seems like an average score, but already the pitch has displayed some threat for the batsmen. So Bangladesh should be happy with their first day score.
Toss is a very important factor in test matches in the subcontinent. Shakib Al Hasan won consecutive second toss and gave his batsmen the chance to throw a big total against Windies bowling attack. Debutant opener Shadman Islam started very steadily and got his prize in the end. He scored the highest runs for Bangladesh so far, 76 runs off 199 balls.
He missed out his century, but gave Bangladesh the positive start they wanted from him. Soumya, Mominul and Mithun got good starts and got out after getting set. Soumya was lazy to drive an off-break from Chase. Mominul’s dismissal was the ugliest of the day. One ball before lunch, he half-pulled a short delivery straight to mid on and got out unnecessarily. Mithun was bowled by Bishoo; he tried to play a cross-batted shot.
Meanwhile, Shadman reached his half century and became the 16th Bnagladeshi to score a fifty in the debut. He was trapped to leg before wicket by Bishoo on 76 runs. Mushfiqur was bowled in the same fashion as he was dimissed in the last innings. Shakib and Mahmudullah eases the things off in the end.
But Shakib could have been declared out by umpire earlier. Hawk-eye showed three reds against him after an lbw appeal had been denied by Pallyaguruge. Windies didn’t take the review and Shakib is still in the middle. Shakib reached his half-century and Mahmudullah is batting on 31.
But this day was Shadman’s day. He showed a lot of promises in his calm and quiet innings. Bangladesh selectors will be pleased for calling him in the team.
This day was not that easy for Bangladesh at all. Windies bowlers bowled well. Their disciplined attack can be proven by one fact, Bangladesh got only 10 boundaries in the whole day. But they will be pleased to see good turn and bounce from tomorrow as they are playing with an all-spinner bowling attack.