Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 4th day November 24, 2012

Best jumps hurdles to hurt Bangladesh


West Indies fast bowler Tino Best is having a fruitful Test series in Bangladesh. On the fourth day in Khulna, he once again blew away the hosts' top order, but not through raw pace alone, like he had in Mirpur.

Best bowled only ten overs in the first innings, after aggravating a hamstring injury that has been troubling him since his county stint with Yorkshire in 2010. Having undergone a scan on the first day, Best decided two days later that he could bowl in the second innings.

Moments after lunch on Saturday, Best walked out with West Indies coach Ottis Gibson to bowl on the adjacent wicket, mostly off a short run-up. It indicated that he could bowl, but not at his fastest. He would utilise swing and the effect he created with his wrist position triggered the collapse. Best's three wickets reduced Bangladesh to 62 for 4

"I wasn't bowling at full tilt at all. I was concentrating more on keeping my wrist behind the ball," Best said after the day's play. "I was trying to get some shape, an area that I have been working really hard for the last couple of months with Gibson. When I'm playing in the subcontinent, [I'm not just] trying to bowl at 90miles per hour, but getting some shape on the ball. Getting some inswing and outswing at my pace is going to help me on slow pitches."

"I have had this [hamstring] injury since 2010 when I played county cricket. It came back on me from the Dhaka Test where I really pushed my body. It was painful but I came back and bowled well."

Best began his spell by surprising opener Tamim Iqbal. The first ball wasn't short, but the length pushed the batsman on to the back foot, and Tamim was undone by the inswing and bowled. Naeem Islam, the man picked to solidify Bangladesh's batting line-up, left the fourth ball of the over and had his off bail fly. It was Best's favourite wicket among his three, mainly because he had been working hard to dismiss Islam. "I think I bowled really well at him in the last three innings. I knew I was going to beat him for pace, but the ball just swung back fantastically. I just got him on a little tired legs, got him bowled."

Best, however, didn't forget how useful the bouncer had been in the Mirpur Test, where he pitched the ball short of a good length to take three of his five wickets in the second innings. To get rid of the flamboyant Shahriar Nafees, Best used both lengths, but ultimately it was the one at the throat that had the left-hand batsman fending awkwardly and being caught in the slips. Nafees' reluctance to duck under the ball also played a part in the dismissal.

Like some fast bowlers before him who were successful in the subcontinent, Best attributed his success to his ability to be indifferent to the pitch. "When I was making my debut years ago for Barbados, my head coach Henderson Springer used to say, 'Try to make sure you are quick on sand as a fast bowler.'

"When you go to the subcontinent it is easy to say, "I am not going to give it my all because this pitch is so flat.' It is important to bowl quick, but also not to hurt yourself. These pitches [aren't helpful for] fast bowlers, but it is best to take it out of your mind and focus on using your strengths."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Congratulations West Indies and Tinao. Hopes they can continue with up word. Best's character is always brilliant.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    congrats to the WEST INDIES for winning the test series 2-0:) much love<<<3 im sure the winning ways will continue into the ODI's :u Drinks on mee:)

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    West Indies vs Bangladesh series only serves to improve Bangladesh's cricket experience...number one ...Narine's ineffectiveness ,forget the economy ,it's the empty wickets column..he has no idea how to bowl on these tracks and this also indicates Ottis Gibson's failure as a bowling coach ,after all, what would a mediocre fast bowler know about the art of spin ...Permaul is getting wickets ,Narine has begun bowling flatter and flatter as this series has progressed,not a sign of adaptability but fear that he mystique is nothing but a sham .He ( Narine ) needs to re-assess his cricketing attitude and mental approach ,since his dissmissal while batting was truly ridiculous ,his place is now in jeopardy

  • Sami on November 24, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Test Cricket Bangladesh have improved in certain areas but they're still a long way off from winning tests unless they sort their pitches out. However, I can still honestly see them winning a lot of limited overs games against the teams above them from now onwards. They have good young players now like Nasir Hossain etc.

  • Amir on November 24, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    BD is adept against spin because that is what they face in their local matches. Sunil may not be as successful against BD, but he would be better against Eng. Aus and SA. On the flip side, since BD is not used to Fast bowling and you can see why Best and Edwards are successful here as opposed to those same opponents.

  • kat on November 24, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Good bowling from Tino & shows the new spirit Sammy & Gibson are inspiring in the new Windies set-up. Should wrap up victory 2mrw then bring on the ODI's where Gayle & Narine should come to the party!

  • Michael on November 24, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Is there a reason why Best bars at 11? he is surely better than that-I watched him take England apart in the summer. Glad to see Bravo back in the runs. B'esh are getting better but not that much.

  • Smith on November 24, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    I disagree with this article! Best is only being successful with the short ball aiming at the body is because a lot of these Bangladeshi batsman like Shahriar Nafees hardly even get to face those kind of deliveries in NCL. This is why Bangladesh's domestic structure needs a big revamp and introduce bouncy pitches so our batsman can play them with ease otherwise the struggle will continue against such fast bowlers when they play Internationally.

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Nice to c Best enjoying his game. But the same cannot be said of Sunil. Let's talk about Sunil's sorrows. Any spinner worth his 'salt' will get wks in the subcont. Sunil is struggling, he is haemorrhaging badly. All the Bangla batsmen r reading him and scoring heavily agst him. In short they have unravelled the mystery. Now is decision making time. I will gamble with him in his favourite formats. Or is it too early to panic? What do u think?

  • Rob on November 24, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    A surprisingly good comeback continues for Best and his ebullience is most welcome in contrast to most modern sportsmen's anodyne characters. And the Windies continue on the rise.

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