Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 85 runs in the first innings of the first Test at St. Vincent © AFP (File Photo)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 85* runs in the first innings of the first Test at St. Vincent © AFP (File Photo)

By Rajarshi Majumdar

Sep 9, 2014

West Indies have comprehensively defeated Bangladesh by 10 wickets in the first Test of the two Test match series at St. Vincent on Tuesday. Bangladesh came into bat on the fifth day trailing by 46 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim batting at 70 runs. The Bangladeshi fans thought that they will manage to save this Test match, but it did not happen. The last four batsmen went back to the pavilion without even disturbing the scoreboard.

Mushfiqur Rahim tried to hold the Bangladeshi innings from one side but he never got the support he required from his teammates other than Mahmudullah who also scored a gritty half-century. Rahim also brought up his second Test century on the final day of the first Test by hitting Kemar Roach for a huge six over the long on. They could only manage to get a lead of 12 runs which the West Indies openers finished off in style. This was yet another disappointing performance from the visitors in this ongoing tour.

Earlier, on day four, Bangladesh fought back in their second innings in the first Test against West Indies at St Vincent, with an 130 run partnership between Mushfiqur Rahim (70*) and Mamudullah (66) for the fifth wicket. The partnership helped them not only to avoid innings defeat, which was looking ominous at one point of time,  but also gave a chance to the tourists to draw the Test match. Though plenty of work still needed to be done. Bangladesh are 46 runs behind West Indies with five wickets still remaining for them. Rahim, who finishes the day with 70 not out, will be looking for a big score on day five. Nasir Hossain (7*) is the other not out batsman at the crease for the visitors.

Earlier in the start of day four West Indies enforced the follow on. Bangladesh’s poor show with bat continued in the first session of Day four as they lost four wickets for just 107 runs. Visitors finished the first session on 110 for four. Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes did display some fight after the early dismissal of Shamsur Rahman, but an over from Chris Gayle saw Imrul Kayes lose his concentration and give away a wicket by playing a lose shot.

Wickets fell in a tumble after Kayes’s dismissal, and Sulieman Benn who took a five-for in the first innings piled on further misery by dismissing Mominul Haque and Tamim Iqbal (53). From there Rahim and Mamudullah rescued the visitors. At Tea Bangladesh were 184 for four. The partnership continued in the post-tea session and ultimately longed for 305 balls and gave Denesh Ramdin, the West Indian captain few headaches. Finally Kemar Roach broke the partnership with the new ball in the 88th over. Though some poor fielding and drop catches by the hosts helped the pair to stay at the crease.

Brief scores:

West Indies 484 for 7 decl. (Kraigg Brathwaite 212, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 85*; Taijul Islam 5 for 135) & 13 for 0 (Chris Gayle 9*, Kraigg Brathwaite 4*) beat Bangladesh 182 all out (Mominul Haque 51, Mushfiqur Rahim 48*; Sulieman Benn 5 for 39, Jermaine Blackwood 2 for 14) & 314 (Mushfiqur Rahim , Mahmudullah 66, Tamim Iqbal 53 ; Kemar Roach 4 for 64, Sulieman Benn 2 for 44) by 10 wickets.

Man of the Match: Kraig Brathwaite

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(Rajarshi Majumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart.)