Taijul Islam stars for Bangladesh in convincing win over Windies in first Test

Sport360 staff 19:45 24/11/2018
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Taijul Islam (2nd l) took six wickets in the second innings against the Windies in Chittagong.

Taijul Islam took six wickets in the second innings as Bangladesh defeated West Indies by 64 runs in the first Test in Chittagong.

Chasing a target of 204, the visitors were bowled out for 139. Left-arm spinner Islam did the most damage with figures of 6-33 while Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan also claimed two wickets apiece.

Sunil Amrbis top-scored with 43 and Jomel Warrican made 41 as the pair combined for a 63-run ninth-wicket partnership to give West Indies a brief glimmer of hope. Bangladesh lead the two-Test series 1-0, with the next match to begin in Dhaka on November 30.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib promised an ever better performance in the next Test after he overcame fitness concerns. Shakib was selected having recently returned to training after an injury lay-off following finger surgery that was expected to keep him out of action until the end of the year.

But he made a fine comeback as he claimed five wickets in the match to become the first Bangladeshi to pick up 200 wickets in Tests. He snared 3-43 and 2-30 in the two innings and also made a useful 34 in the first innings.

“I batted (in training) for only three sessions before playing the first Test. That was hardly enough, considering I resumed playing after two months,” Shakib said after the win.

“That was difficult for me. But I have finished the match successfully. I am sure I will play the next match in a better condition,” he said. “I would not have felt good to reach 200 wickets if we had not won the game. Now that we have done this, so I am feeling great.”

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