2nd Test, St George's, Jul 17 - Jul 20 2009, Bangladesh tour of West Indies
237 & 209
(54.4 ov, target 215)232 & 217/6
Bangladesh won by 4 wickets
player of the match
Shakib Al Hasan
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• The Bulletin by Sriram Veera

Raqibul and Shakib inspire first overseas series win

Raqibul Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan shared a thrilling 106-run partnership to charge Bangladesh to their first overseas series win

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Scorecard summary
West Indies237/10(76.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Bangladesh232/10(79.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Kemar Roach6/48(23.5)
Daren Sammy1/45(15)
West Indies209/10(70.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
Bangladesh217/6(54.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Daren Sammy5/55(16)
Kemar Roach1/68(13.4)

The entire cast and crew from Bangladesh rush out to greet their captain. It still confounds me as to why he was never considered for an IPL contract. Is the rest of the world watching? They better.

The players walk out, draped in the Bangladesh flag and Shakib has one over him too. He didn't just warm the seat for Mashrafe Mortaza, he set it on fire. His innings came off just 97 balls, that too against Darren Sammy who was breathing fire. We shouldn't forget the contribution from Raqibul who started the rebuilding phase. Occupying the crease was the prime motive of the pair and that helped get them in position to seal the win.

So Bangladesh have done what was expected of them. They wouldn't have settled for anything less. Whether the wins were convincing enough is a discussion for another day and perhaps another forum. For the moment, let them toast the success. It's not their fault that the opposition was not world class.

Stay with us for the presentation.

Reifer: "We had a good opportunity to win the game. We were 60-65 runs short. Our guys tried really hard.The Bangladesh spinners capitalised better."

Shakib: "This is the best day for Bangladesh cricket. The guys have been supporting me very well so I don't feel any pressure. Raqibul played a gem of an innings. I thought attack was the best form of defense. The hospitality in the West Indies has been very good."

Shakib is also the Man of the Match. He gets a Blackberry.

Shakib is also the Man of the Series. That's two Blackberrys! Shakib returns to the podium for the umpteenth time, now to collect the series trophy. They might as well name the series after him.

Thanks for your company and the mails. On behalf of Sajan Nair, this is Kanishkaa signing off. It's goodbye for now.

Roach to Shakib, SIX runs

he seals it with a six! The captain leads the way, he leans forward to a full delivery and carts him over long-on, the ball was in the air for a long time but well clear of any white shirt, it was headed one way and Shakib seals the 2-0 win in the most emphatic manner

Roach to Shakib, 2 runs

Dropped He swivels and pulls but doesn't time it that well, Best does well at short mid-off to leap and get a hand to it, too late now

Roach to Shakib, FOUR runs

now he exploits the big gap between mid-off and cover, half volley outside off and put away with ease, he's timing it very well

Now a packed field in the deep on the off side

Roach to Shakib, FOUR runs

he grants him width outside off, he jumps at the crease, reaches out and thumps it past backward point, third man's too fine to cut it off

end of over 541 run • 1 wicket
BDESH: 201/6CRR: 3.72 
Mahmudullah0 (2)
Shakib Al Hasan80 (93)
Daren Sammy16-1-55-5
Kemar Roach13-4-52-1
Sammy to Mahmudullah, no run

angles it on middle and leg, he defends it back to the bowler

Sammy to Mahmudullah, no run

defends it safely on the front foot

Mahmudullah Riyad walks in

Sammy to Mushfiqur, OUT

almost an action replay of raqibul's dismissal, Rahim spoons a full delivery back to the bowler and Sammy takes it in the second attempt, he takes five, kisses the ball and acknowledges the cheers from the very sparse crowd

Mushfiqur Rahim c & b Sammy 12 (33m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.71
Sammy to Shakib, 1 run

he pushes it towards mid-off and rushes the single, the fielder decides not to take aim at the stumps because the bowler wasn't backing up

Sammy to Shakib, no run

full on the pads and he knocks it to midwicket with the full face of the bat

Sammy to Shakib, no run

he tries to crash that past the covers but the ball drops short of short cover

end of over 53Maiden
BDESH: 200/5CRR: 3.77 
Mushfiqur Rahim12 (30)
Shakib Al Hasan79 (90)
Kemar Roach13-4-52-1
Daren Sammy15-1-54-4
Roach to Mushfiqur, no run

wastes his energy by dropping the ball short down the leg side, rahim is happy to duck and let it go

Roach to Mushfiqur, no run

fires it on the pads and the ball rolls away to the on side

Roach to Mushfiqur, no run
Roach to Mushfiqur, no run

hits a good length and drifts onto the pads, he clips him to the on side

Roach to Mushfiqur, no run

hits the deck hard and Rahim safely ducks under the bouncer

Roach to Mushfiqur, no run

he drives a low full toss outside off straight to the covers

end of over 528 runs
BDESH: 200/5CRR: 3.84 
Shakib Al Hasan79 (90)
Mushfiqur Rahim12 (24)
Daren Sammy15-1-54-4
Kemar Roach12-3-52-1

Lots of love letters pouring in for Shakib

Sammy to Shakib, no run

fullish in length outside off, he drives to mid-off

Sammy to Shakib, no run

chips down the track but checks his shot and punches it back to the bowler

Sammy to Shakib, no run

spoons it towards cover but the ball drops short of the fielder

Sammy to Shakib, no run

comes over the wicket this time, Shakib calmly pushes it to the off side

Best performances - batsmen
Shakib Al Hasan portrait
Shakib Al Hasan
96 runs (97)
13 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
53 runs
9 fours
0 sixes
Travis Dowlin, player portrait
TM Dowlin
95 runs (162)
7 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
23 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Kemar Roach player portrait
KAJ Roach
Shakib Al Hasan portrait
Shakib Al Hasan
Match details
National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
TossBangladesh, elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan
Player Of The Series
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan
Series resultBangladesh won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberTEST No. 1926
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days17,18,19,20 July 2009 - day match (5-day match)
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Asoka de Silva
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Norman Malcolm
Reserve Umpire
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Clyde Duncan
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft