he's given him! Bangladesh have won, Mashrafe and co. charge onto the ground to celebrate only their second Test win. Tried to swing a full toss and was struck on the pads, was there an inside edge? The umpire's finger went up just as they appealed for an lbw, was out if he had missed it but we need replays to confirm. It doesn't matter, they have won.
Best indicated with his bat that he may have got an inside edge but it makes no difference to the outcome now. Bangladesh are jubilant, and have won their first Test overseas. They won their first Test more than four years earlier, against Zimbabwe in Chittagong. The spinners won it for them today, with both Shakib and Mahmudullah proving lethal on a turning pitch. Credit to the West Indies tail for the way they batted with Bernard but 80 overs proved a little too many to negotiate on the final day. A massive setback this for West Indies; they were fielding a weakened team, and one just has to wait and see if this result will prompt a quicker solution to the existing impasse between the players and the board. As said earlier, this is Bangladesh's second Test win in their 60-Test, almost ten-year history since becoming a Test-playing nation. They set West Indies a challenging target, and their spinners ensured they took full advantage of the favourable conditions on offer to derail West Indies in their chase. They did face plenty of anxious moments as Bernard, and the tail, resisted superbly but some crafty captaincy from Shakib, who made the right changes at the right times, saw to it that a result was achieved with enough overs left in the day.
Time for the presentation. Julian Hunte, the president of the WICB, is a part of the panel.
Reifer: "It was a rush. We've been practicing, it was a long game. It was nice to be back playing Test cricket. We are disappointed, we got starts in the first innings but didn't go on to get a big score. We are looking forward to the enxt Test, credit to Bangladesh for the way we played. The guys fought well, Bernard especially and even Omar Phillips. We'll put up a better performance in the next game. The first time I saw Kemar Roach, I knew he would play for West Indies. He bowled especially well with the new ball, and even today. We are hoping for some more grass on the wicket in the next Test, and more bounce hopefully. We have to get there and fight hard. You will have to ask the chairman if it's going to be the same squad for the next Test."
Mortaza: "Special thanks to Shakib for handling the team very well. Mahmudullah bowled very well too. We had initially thought of batting until lunch but we lost quick wickets. But the spinners bowled superbly, with one bowler short. We'll see the wicket and decide about the team for the next game."
Tamim Iqbal, a little surprisingly, is the Man of the Match: "Winning a Test means a lot to us. It was a flat wicket, and if you keep concentrating hard it's easy to get runs. I'm 21 and hopefully there's a lot more to come. Batting 240 balls - the most I've played in an innings - helped me a lot, and will give me confidence for the future."
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Best back on strike now. How long can he last? Two slips, a silly point and a short leg
tossed up, slightly short outside off, defended off the back foot to point
quick on leg stump, turned to the same fielder this time
Bernard on strike
dropped by Kayes at backward short leg as he turns that off middle and leg
short on the off stump, defended on the back foot back on the pitch
flighted on middle, reaches forward and turns it behind to leg slip
shortish on middle, turned to short leg
Ashraful is back, will the change work this time?
flat on the off stump, defended with a reach to silly point
bowled fro behind the wicket, Bernard, desperate for a single tries to heave it over midwicket, is struck on the pads
slightly short on middle, rocks back and drops it to short leg
angling in towards middle, reaches forward and defends it determinedly towards short leg
pushed him back, defended back on the pitch
slipped in quick on the off stump, defended towards cover
12 more overs to go in the day.
short on the off stump, gets back, gets a thick outside edge just short of slip, survives
four more, overpitched on middle, swung away firmly over midwicket for another boundary
tossed up on the off, lunges forward and defends it back to the bowler
spun in, gets forward and defends it watchfully
shortish on middle, turned to short leg from the crease
flighted outside off, gets to the pitch and drives it handsomely through the covers for a boundary
Three close-in fielders on the leg side, and a slip
quickish on the off stump, defended to point, there is no single available, Best on strike in the next over
|Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent|
|Toss||Bangladesh, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Bangladesh led the 2-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1923|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00|
|Match days||9,10,11,12,13 July 2009 - day (5-day match)|
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