Windies sweep Bangladesh to inch up ICC rankings

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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Captain Jason Holder produced a superb performance in leading the West Indies as they wrapped up a 2-0 series sweep against Bangladesh in convincing manner on yesterday's third day of the second Test at Sabina Park.

Holder grabbed his best bowling figures of 6-59 from 13 overs in propelling his side to a massive 166-run win, almost single-handedly cleaning up Bangladesh cheaply for 168 in their second innings.

Chasing 335 for victory, Bangladesh were again bowled out inside three days and also failed to bat 50 overs in an innings throughout this series, having suffered a 219-run defeat in the first Test in Antigua last week.

West Indies' triumph was built on a solid platform of a 354 first-innings total laid by 110 and 84 from opener Kraigg Brathwaite and young Shimron Hetmyer.

With the series victory, West Indies have now jumped into eighth position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, relegating Bangladesh to ninth.

Holder was registering his third Test career five-wicket haul after earlier taking 5-44 in the first innings, ending with match figures of 11-103, which is now the best match figure by a West Indies captain in a home series.

The 31-year-old Holder eclipsed the performance of his Bangladeshi counterpart Shakib Al Hasan.

Al Hasan displayed his all-round quality when securing his 18th five-wicket haul in Tests and second against West Indies with 6-33, which was also the best figure for a Bangladesh bowler outside of the country.

He later returned to register his team's second individual score over 50 in the series top-scoring with an 81-ball 54, which included 10 boundaries.

Scores: West Indies 354 & 129; Bangladesh 149 & 168 (42 overs).

Earlier Bangladesh made some rapid progression in the first hour on a surface which had several cracks around, resulting in variable bounce, as West Indies, resuming from 19-1 overnight, capitulated to Al Hasan's slow left-arm orthodox bowling.

Their scorecard read four bowled, three stumped and three leg-before-wickets, with no batsman sticking around to work themselves in to push on to a big score.

The woes of Devon Smith (16) continued in what could have possibly been his last chance to impress the selectors as he was drawn outside of his crease by a flighted delivery from Al Hasan and was stumped.

Debutante Keemo Paul (13) showed some aggression and connected with a few boundaries, one of them being a huge slog over midwicket down on one knee off the first ball of the 18th over bowled by Hasan. But the Guyanese attempted one big shot too many and was stumped the very next delivery.

Any hopes West Indies had of batting throughout the day continued to dwindle with the wicket of Kieran Powell (18), who also showed some level of aggression before being caught rooted to his crease by an Al Hasan delivery that spun back and was adjudged leg-before-wicket.

Shai Hope's stay at the crease only lasted 10 deliveries, as he too was caught plumb in front trying to defend one that skidded on from Taijul Islam.

Some semblance of respectability was gradually restored to the innings by Shimron Hetmyer and Chase, who added 33 for the sixth wicket, which pushed the West Indies lead above 300.

But seamer Abu Jayed made further inroads for Bangladesh when he trapped Hetmyer (18) plumb in front with a length delivery that slanted in at the stumps with the batsman on the back foot instead of forward.

Chase and wicketkeeper batsman Shane Dorwich then ensured no further loss of wickets in taking West Indies to lunch at 108-6.

Chase, who has been struggling for form in recent times, finally seemed set to push on to a big score, but his misfortunes also continued.

The Barbadian was sent back to the pavilion for a top score of 32 approximately 15 minutes after the break when he was bowled around the legs by Mehidy Hasan which attempting a sweep.

Captain Holder then tamely handed Mehidy his second scalp, charging down the pitch to a delivery which he expected to turn, but was left in no man's land and wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan completed a straightforward stumping.

From there, the writing was on the wall for West Indies as they basically summed up their level of impatience in a drab display and the 31-year-old Al Hasan used the opportunity to complete a deserved six-wicket haul by removing Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel in quick succession.

Right-arm off-break bowler Mehidy Hasan, 20, gave strong support to his captain, snaring 2-45, to end with match figures of 7-138.

Despite their collapse for a substandard second-innings total of 129, West Indies would have been confident of victory as the 334-run lead was more than the 316 that Bangladesh had tallied in their three previous innings.

And the Tigers were in early trouble at 52-3 at the tea break as Holder removed Tamim Iqbal for a duck, while Paul accounted for the other opener, Liton Das (33), who again had a promising start but played a loose shot and was caught in the gully by Shai Hope.

Mominul Haque (15) was then trapped in front by Chase on the stroke of the interval, which left Bangladesh staring down the barrel at that point.

WEST INDIES 1st Innings 354
BANGLADESH 1st Innings 149
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
(overnight 19 for one)
K Brathwaite b Shakib-Al-Hasan 8
D Smith st Nurul Hasan b Shakib-Al-Hasan 16
K Paul st Nurul Hasan b Shakib-Al-Hasan 13
K Powell lbw b Shakib-Al-Hasan 18
S Hope lbw b Taijul Islam 4
S Hetmyer lbw b Abu Jayed 18
R Chase b Mehidy Hasan 32
+S Dowrich not out 12
*J Holder st Nurul Hasan b Mehidy Hasan 1
M Cummins b Shakib-Al-Hasan 1
S Gabriel b Shakib-Al-Hasan 0
Extras (b1, lb2, w1, nb2) 6
TOTAL (all out, 45 overs) 129
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-28, 3-53, 4-60, 5-64, 6-97, 7-122,
8-124, 9-129
Bowling: Abu Jayed 8-1-21-1 (nb1, w1), Mehidy Hasan 11-2-
45-2, Kamrul Islam 2-0-3-0 (nb1), Shakib-Al-Hasan 17-5-33-6,
Taijul Islam 7-0-24-1.
BANGLADESH 2nd Innings (target: 335)
Tamim Iqbal lbw b Holder 0
Liton Das c Hope b Paul 33
Mominul Haque lbw b Chase 15
*Shakib-Al-Hasan b Holder 54
Mahmudullah c Hope b Chase 4
Mushfiqur Rahim b Holder 31
+Nurul Hasan lbw b Holder 0
Mehidy Hasan c Smith b Gabriel 10
Taijul Islam not out 13
Kamrul Hasan lbw b Holder 0
Abu Jayed b Holder 0
Extras (b4, lb2, nb2) 8
TOTAL (all out, 42 overs) 168
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-40, 3-52, 4-67, 5-121, 6-121, 7-138,
8-162, 9-168, 10-168.
Bowling: Holder 13-3-59-6, Gabriel 9-2-29-1, Paul 7-0-34-1
(nb1), Cummins 5-1-20-0 (nb1), Chase 8-4-20-2.
Result: West Indies won by 166 runs.
Series: West Indies win two-Test series 2-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.
Man-of-the-Series: Jason Holder.
Umpires: R Illingworth, S Ravi
TV Umpire: R Kettleborough.

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