Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 5th day November 25, 2012

Best six-for sets up 2-0 series win


West Indies 648 for 9 dec (Samuels 260, Chanderpaul 150*, Bravo 127, Shakib 4-151) and 30 for 0 beat Bangladesh 387 (Abul 113, Mahmudullah 76, Edwards 6-90) and 287 (Shakib 97, Nasir 94, Best 6-40) by ten wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A hurt hamstring could not stop the effervescent Tino Best from bettering his previous best performance in Test cricket in successive games. Best took three of the last four Bangladesh wickets as West Indies sealed a 2-0 series win before lunch on the final morning.

Nasir Hossain made sure Bangladesh avoided an innings defeat, but failed again to get his maiden Test hundred, after having missed it by four runs in Mirpur.

Shakib Al Hasan's suicidal charge in the last over on day four had crippled Bangladesh's chances of somehow salvaging a draw, and West Indies needed just 14 overs today to wrap up the innings.

Any faint hopes Bangladesh might have had disappeared off the fourth ball of the day. Mahmudullah under-edged a sweep to the wicketkeeper down the leg side off Veerasammy Permaul, who ended his debut series with eight wickets at an average of 31.62 compared to Sunil Narine's three at 114.33.

Best came on, and like he had on day four, struck off his first ball, as Sohag Gazi pushed inside the line of a straight delivery to get bowled.

Nasir had meanwhile raced from his overnight 64 to 94 with a few boundaries, one of which was hooked through square leg off Fidel Edwards.

Again, he was in sight of a maiden Test hundred, and again, Best was running in to bowl. After taking eight runs off the first three deliveries of the over, Nasir tried to clip an inswinging delivery to the leg side, missed, and was bowled off his pad.

That was Best's fifth strike, and a few edged boundaries and a dropped catch later, Rubel Hossain swatted one to short mid-off to give the fast bowler his sixth. It was a staggering effort for someone who had sent down just ten overs in the first innings, had not batted, and had not even been expected to take the field in the second innings.

West Indies needed just 27, and Chris Gayle smashed five fours through the covers to complete the formalities inside five overs.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • o on November 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    "South Africa's excellent bowling attack was hammered for 485 runs in one day by Australia. " - anton111 Exactly Anton whilst the people are talking about how that was a great Test and no doubt Faf batted his heart out but the gap between bat and ball has become ridiculous this is reflected by the empty stadiums batsman have nothing to fear the adrenalin and excitement Test cricket used to produce between a fast bowler and top class batsman are long over ! only banning Helmets will even that back up again to see Steyn and co treated with such ease on an Australian wicket is very sad for Test cricket.

  • Antonio on November 27, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    South Africa's excellent bowling attack was hammered for 485 runs in one day by Australia. The Australians might have posted 700 had they been playing this poor Bangladesh team

  • narsimha on November 27, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Sadequl-agree IND won its first test after 20 years , after that we achieved so many great things in cricket can u r team , besides present dominant status of our BCCI, CAN U think of achieving even a shade what we are today in decades ?

  • narsimha on November 27, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    FOTO- PL update u r cricket knowledge , INDIA beat WI at home & away recently ,only CRIS GYLE was missing from presnt team & u can see his contribution in both the tests nothing , agreed we have very serious selection issues , which will be sorted out at present OUR TEAM IS IN REBUILDING PROCESS & with the resources at hand with huge financial might we will come out from preset day senarios , pl concentrat on u r team for better future.

  • Shoaib on November 27, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    We don't care what some of you fans think your wishes won't come true as long as the huge support is there and interest so good luck our future is clear unlike some :P

  • roket on November 26, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @ Binu Kani: Your report fails to mention the key aspect of that series between India and England in 1952. The England team that traveled to India that year was no better than a club level team, if you read the score card from the first test, 5 of the English players were debutantes. 7 players from that series never played another series for England after that tour. Yet Indian fans will easily brush off BD win against WI in WI, where WI had 6 or 7 debutantes. Interesting to note, that Kemar Roach, Tino Best, Sammy and other players who played that series, still plays for WI today. So BD's win in WI does not count, but India's win against a pathetic 3rd string England side is "historic" with "inspired" performances from the Indians!! It is okay for Indian team to register a legitimate test win after 30 years, but BD is just taking too long, take away their status now!!!!:-)

  • Sami on November 26, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Bangladesh honestly did okay but really we could've prepared big turners considering that spin is our strength. Gazi and Shakib bowled way too many overs resulting in a injury for one of them.

  • Smith on November 26, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    We all know prior to the test series West Indies are expected to win this 2-0 especially when they have their star players back but Bangladesh for a team that hasn't played for a year and to re-write history break records i.e. first debutant and high score and actually giving West Indies a game is something we can actually draw a lot of positives from. Ideally these pitches should've offered some turn for spinners so it would've been a proper interesting contest with bat and ball from both sides but nevertheless, it was a good series. We lack patience in test Cricket as our run-rate and strike rates was much higher than our respective opponents probably resulting on our downfall so there are areas we seriously need to learn at Test level but now the one-day series is coming up, it should be a lot closer now.

  • amit on November 26, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    People demanding that BD's test status be revoked are not being very provident. It has been a big investment- in terms of time and money to create a substantial fan base in BD. Now we have a market which contributes significantly to cricket, and considering the increasing population growth in BD, and only going to contribute more and more financially. World cricket needs that money. Besides , i don't see cricket being embraced by whole world anytime in future, so we have to make do whatever we got. BD do seem to have improved a bit and we should only be encouraging the genuine BD fans - world cricket needs them.

  • Amit on November 26, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Some BD fans posted comments on IND/ENG match saying that India Test Status should be also removed as they also lost to ENG by 10 wkts same as BD. I feel pity on the BD fans really...they lost 2-0 to WI which is so called week team or just above them where as IND won 1st test of this series & then lost 1. so till its levelled at 1-1. There is no question of withdraw test status from both nations ICC will never do that as they want more of Test cricket all over the world. Discuss about the performances here why debate on baseless issues.

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