Shakib stars in Bangla victory

Minnows beat WI by 4 wickets for their first overseas series success

Shakib Al Hasan

Hasan, acting skipper in the Test, struck a majestic unbeaten 96 from 97 balls and Bangladesh, after an early scare, comfortably surpassed the target of 215 with a day to spare.

In a series blighted by the boycott from first choice West Indies players, who are in dispute with their board over contractual and payment issues, Al Hasan provided genuine Test quality with bat and ball.

The slow left-armer ended with figures of five for 70 as Bangladesh bowled out the weakened West Indies side for 209 in the morning session after picking up the final two wickets. In reply, Bangladesh wobbled at 67 for four after fine bowling from Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy but Al Hasan and Raqibul Hasan (65) put on 106 for the fifth wicket to take the tourists close to their target. The pair played with little sign of nerves, despite the precarious position of their team, picking off the bad balls with ease and punishing without mercy, particularly Al Hasan, whose timing was perfect.

But Bangladesh comfortably secured just their third Test win in style when Al Hasan smashed Roach for a six to finish on 96 not out, a spectacular and emphatic end to what has been a low-key and at times poor quality Test series.

Cash bonus
Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday it had awarded a cash bonus of $214,000 to its victorious national team.

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