Mixed emotions for Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan had a bittersweet day, becoming Bangladesh’s leading all-time wicket-taker in Test cricket before agonisingly missing out on a brilliant hundred against West Indies.
The 24-year-old all-rounder’s efforts look set to be in vain, though, given his side headed back to the pavilion on 226 for six, still 35 runs short of making the tourists bat again for a whitewash-sealing victory in the second Test.
Shakib’s last-ball dismissal for 97 was the cruellest of ways to go given he had shared a 144-run sixth-wicket stand with Nasir Hossain, who hit 64 not out, to pull his side back from the brink at 82 for five.
He inexplicably carted Veerasammy Permaul into the hands of Tino Best and perhaps gave away his side’s hopes of salvaging something from the encounter.
Shakib had earlier moved top of Bangladesh’s Test wicket standings thanks to a 4-151 return - which put him on 102 scalps - yet could not stop West Indies’ charge to 648 for nine declared.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul wound up unbeaten on 150, all this coming after Shakib found his range and took four wickets in quick succession.
West Indies resumed on 564 for four in reply to the hosts’ 387.
The going was slow this morning as the overnight pair of Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin took their partnership past 50, and there was bad news for Bangladesh as Abul Hasan, who made a century with the bat on debut but suffered a fracture to a finger while doing so, tried and failed to bowl.
Shakib gave his side something to smile about as he had Ramdin caught behind, before Darren Sammy was taken in the slips to give the spinner his 100th Test wicket later in the over.
There was more joy for Shakib two overs later when, with the last two deliveries before lunch, Permaul and Sunil Narine were caught by close fielders.
Shakib could not complete a hat-trick after lunch and, after Chanderpaul nudged his way to 150, West Indies were called in.
Bangladesh began badly in reply as Fidel Edwards trapped Nazimuddin in front third ball before Best’s three quick strikes left the Windies scenting a hasty victory.
The fast bowler cleaned up Tamim Iqbal for 28, did likewise to Naeem Islam - shouldering arms - for two and had Shahriar Nafees caught at slip with a nasty bouncer.
The Tigers were then in further trouble as Permaul bowled skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who was playing the kind of attacking shot the situation certainly did not demand.
That kind of approach, however, paid dividends for Shakib, who launched an outstanding counter-attack as Sunil Narine, in particular, came in for real punishment.
Yet he was unable to reach a deserved three figures - a mark Hossain will be eyeing tomorrow following his responsible effort alongside Shakib.