A miracle is what the West Indies side, missing several key players, have pulled off in Bangladesh after whitewashing the host 2-0 in the test series. After the stunning double century heroics by debutant Kyle Mayers in the first test that saw West Indies chase down the highest test total in Asia, many were expecting Bangladesh to go all out for a win in the second test.
However, the depleted West Indies team surprised everyone again by winning a 17 run thriller against the hosts, who would be thoroughly disappointed with their performances in the Test series after winning the ODI series in a whitewash.
2nd Test Review
The Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is always a difficult ground to play against Bangladesh and this time was no different. The home side was charged up and raring to go. But the visitor’s West Indies got past their first hurdle with a bit of luck when they won the all-important toss. In a pitch that was expected to turn more and more as the game progressed. It was vital for the team that won the toss to score as many runs as possible and that is exactly what the Windies side did.
Led by Portuguese-descent Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Da Silva(92 runs) and all-rounder Nkrumah Bonner (90 runs), who has been in fine form this series. The visitors posted a total of 409 after playing for 143 overs. In the lower order too, bowler Alzarri Joseph chipped in with a valuable 82 runs; just four short of his career-best of 86. For Bangladesh, pacer Abu Jayed and spinner Taijul Islam, both picked up 4 wickets apiece.
Bangladesh, missing key players Shakib Al Hasan and Shadman Islam, wanted to get off to a good start. Yet, disaster struck early as Soumya Sarkar, brought in to replace Shakib Al Hasan; fell for a duck to Shannon Gabriel. Opener Tamim Iqbal, captain Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim all chipped in with valuable runs but like his counterpart in the West Indies team. Liton Das scored the highest with 72 runs. Unfortunately for the home side, they kept losing wickets at the wrong time and were bundled out for 296. For the visitors, spinner Rahkeem Cornwall picked up a five-wicket haul on a pitch that was strongly turning, as pacers Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph picked up 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
The Hero – Rahkeem Cornwall
Going into the third innings with a lead of 113 runs, West Indies struggled to play the spin on the Sher-e-Bangla pitch and were bowled out for a meager total of 117 runs. Nkrumah Bonner and Joshua Da Silva scored 38 and 20 runs, while opener John Campbell scored 18. Apart from these three, none of the others crossed the single digits in runs. Spinner Taijul Islam picked up 4 wickets while Nayeem Hassan got 3.
As the test match entered its thrilling final lap in the fourth innings, Bangladesh started their chase of 231 runs quite well. Tamim Iqbal again showed his class as a batsman with a 50, but surprisingly, the two Bangladeshi openers, including Tamim, were picked up by West Indies skipper Kraigg Braithwaite with his off-spin. After that Windies spinner, Rahkeem Cornwall, and Jomel Warrican took control. Despite the efforts of captain Mominul Haque and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Bangladesh were stopped at 213 runs This was the first overseas series win for the Windies side since 2017by the Windies spin attack, 17 runs short of victory. Rahkeem Cornwall got 4 wickets, while Warrican and the skipper Braithwaite got 3 each.
Reactions To West Indies Win
Fans all across the world watched this thrilling contest and many were elated to see the extraordinary performances by this second-string West Indies side. Ex-cricketers hailed the understrength visitors who fought toe to toe with the much stronger home side. Deservingly, Nkrumah Bonner won the Player of the Series award for his 231 runs over the two test matches and spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, who picked 9 wickets across the two innings in the second test, won the Man of the Match award.
This was the first overseas series win for the West Indies side since 2017. This series was a show of gritty performances from the visitors in a test series win that would make the history books and one the Windies fans should be very proud of. As for Bangladesh, a very disappointing result after they won the ODI series and it remains to be seen how the management and the players respond to this harrowing loss