Tino's Best denies Bangladesh
Tino Best’s maiden Test five-wicket haul ensured Bangladesh fell 78 runs short of a breakthrough victory on the final day against West Indies in Dhaka.
The Tigers have only ever beaten an established nation in five-day cricket when overcoming a Windies side shorn of almost all of their best players in 2009.
Yet the opportunity to do so over a full-strength XI presented itself in the opening Test today, only for Best to intervene with 5-24 as Bangladesh were dismissed for 167 chasing 245.
Fittingly, Best sealed the victory, and his first Test five-for, by bowling Mahmadullah midway through the evening session.
It was a disappointing end to a day that had begun so promisingly for Bangladesh after their bowlers had seemingly paved the way for a memorable win.
After grabbing five late wickets last night, the Tigers needed just an hour this morning to take the final four and bowl out the tourists for 273.
That left Bangladesh scenting a success that seemed highly unlikely when West Indies declared their first innings on 527 for four on day two.
Despite Tamim Iqbal edging an attempted cut behind off Ravi Rampaul to depart for just five, the hosts looked like making a go of it as Junaid Siddique and Shahriar Nafees built the foundations of a decent partnership.
That came to an end, however, in the penultimate over before the break when Best got Siddique to edge behind to go for 20.
Bangladesh were 45 for two at lunch, after which Best took centre stage.
The quick drew Nafees into an ill-judged pull that ballooned back before Shakib Al Hasan, caught on the crease, edged behind to leave his side 55 for four.
There was more to come from Best as he removed Mushfiqur Rahim with a ball from wide on the crease that trapped the skipper in front.
Bangladesh’s task was made emphatically harder when first-innings centurion Naeem Islam departed with the score on 106.
Veerasammy Permaul was the wicket-taker, in his first over, after Islam played down the wrong line of a ball that straightened into his pads.
Permaul was upstaging his higher-profile spin twin Sunil Narine, who went wicketless in 18 overs after being thrown the new ball, and the debutant grabbed a fifth wicket of the afternoon session when he spun one into Nasir Hossain’s stumps.
That left Bangladesh with 116 runs to get but just three wickets in hand with a session to play.
Sohag Gazi and Mahmadullah returned to the crease after tea with an intent that suggested they had not given up hope, both clearing the ropes within five overs after the final break.
Yet Permaul, who claimed 3-32, had Gazi caught in the deep when he went for one shot too many and Shahadat Hossain fended Ravi Rampaul to short-leg before Best wrapped up the win.
The second and final Test begins in Khulna on Wednesday.