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Dhaka, Sunday 16 Dec, 2018
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Bangladesh first ever innings win

Sports Desk Daily-Bangladesh.com
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West Indies didn't have much to smile about throughout the second Test. They were thoroughly outplayed in every facet against Bangladesh, who picked up their first-ever series win over Windies at home following an innings-and-184-run win in Dhaka on (December 2), on the back of an all-round outing from the hosts. Career-best figures for Mahmudullah, who scored a brilliant 136, and a twelve-wicket haul from Mehidy Hasan, starred in what was a clinical effort from the hosts to cap off a whitewash in the two-Test series, and their biggest ever win in Test matches.

In what was a disappointing finish for the Windies, Shimron Hetmyer's counter-attack, amidst the pool of dismal batting around him, was the lone beam of sunshine. The youngster kept his side in the Test for close to two sessions on Day 3, while other batsmen failed once again to apply themselves as Windies were bowled out for 111 in the first innings and 213 in the second, in what turned out to be a three-day affair.

Before lunch was called upon, Hetmyer found himself in the middle for the second time in the same session after having been dismissed earlier in the morning session. Windies were made to follow-on after being skittled for 111, conceding a 397-run lead. The visitors, however, replicated their first-innings failure with another collapse upfront to be reduced to 29 for 4, with Hetmyer and Shai Hope forging a resistance act. The pair went on to add 56 runs thereafter to keep Windies in the game, showing some semblance of a fightback, which the visitors lacked in the first innings, barring the one stand between Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich, that fetched them 57.

Hetmyer attacked, and did what most of the Windies batters didn't - use his his feet well to counter the spin that Bangladesh's bowlers were able to get. He dealt in sixes, nine of those and a four, in his 93-run knock, that came in just 92 balls, even belting Shakib for three in an over. Majority of his runs came on the leg-side, through the covers and down the ground, rotating the strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking in a busy innings.

After Hope's departure, Devendra Bishoo kept Hetmyer company as the pair, predominantly on the back of the the latter, added 47 runs in a partnership that came at better than five an over. Bishoo went after a wide one that spun enough to get an outside edge to slip where it was pouched by Sarkar sharply to give Mehidy his tenth wicket in the match.

This was the second instance of the spinner picking up a ten-wicket haul in Tests, after his seven in the first innings, followed by five in the second. Mehidy was rewarded for his accuracy, the ball turning sharply, and that, coupled with Windies' inability against spin, had him return with figures of 12 for 117 for the match.

Kemar Roach freed his arms for a quickfire, unbeaten 37-run cameo in the end, to delay the inevitable, frustrating the hosts with a 42-run stand for the last wicket as Windies crossed the 200-run mark.

Shakib Al Hasan had sparked the carnage in both innings accounting for skipper Kraigg Brathwaite in the first over. Resuming the day on 75 for 5, Windies conceded a 397-run lead after being skittled for 111 with Bangladesh enforcing the follow-on for the first time. Replicating the carnage in the first innings, Bangladesh's spinners reduced the visitors to 46 for 4 at Lunch, with as many as nine wickets falling in the morning session.

Openers Brathwaite and Kieran Powell copped twin failures. Sunil Ambris and Roston Chase fell to Taijul Islam soon after as Windies found themselves deflated at 29 for 4 - a collapse eerily similar to their first-innings, where they were 29 for 5. For the second time in the session, Hetmyer was out there batting with the task of a desperate revival. Mehidy had Hetmyer trapped leg-before, but was adjudged not out by the on-field umpire. Had Bangladesh reviewed, they would've had their man. But Mehidy got him off the next ball for 39. Dowrich offered resistance, but wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end with Mehidy running through the lower order.

Having had three at the end of day 2, he finished with 7 for 58 as Windies were bowled out within 37 overs. Bangladesh's bowlers were clinical with their accuracy, applying pressure with aggressive fields, capitalising on Windies' inability to tackle spin. Thus, Bangladesh's plan of going in with an all-spin attack worked to the tea with all 20 wickets falling to spin for the second time in the series.

Daily Bangladesh/Sohug

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