Chatogram [Bangladesh]February 7th (ANI): Debutant Kyle Mayers of West India’s double-ton led the team to a three-wicket win over Bangladesh on the last day of the first test on Sunday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
The debutants Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner led the chase and bravely chased the target of 395 runs on the fifth day of the first test.
Mayers and Bonner continued their partnership on the last day of 110/3 and continued their partnership keeping the scoreboard moving. The duo hammered the ball around the park and completed the respective first fifties. Mayers carried his stroke forward, ending his first century in the game’s longest format.
The fourth wicket partnership between the debutants allowed Windies to break the 250-run mark. Eventually, Taijul Islam ended a 216-person booth between Mayers and Bonner.
Bonner was selected by Islam after playing 86 runs with 245 balls, including six and ten fours. The more than 200-year partnership was also the second highest score for the debutants in test cricket. Jermaine Blackwood joined Mayers in the middle. The duo added a short stand of 17 runs for the fifth wicket. The Bangladeshi spinner Nayeen Hasan took Blackwood (9) and brought his team back into the game.
Bangladesh’s joy didn’t last long when new batsman Joshua Da Silva forged a 100-year partnership for the sixth wicket, which was dominated by Mayers. This stand led the team to the 350 mark and brought visitors just before victory.
Meanwhile, Mayers smashed double the ton on his first Test, hitting the highest score any debutant had ever scored in the fourth innings. Shortly before Silva reached the goal, he left after 20 runs. Islam beat Silva in the 125th game, but it was too late for the hosts as it only took the visitors three runs to win the match.
Mehindy Hasan caught Kemar Roach on a duck and reduced it to 394/7 in 126.5 overs. In the next round, Mayers took a single and chased the 395 on the final day of the friendly. Mayers’ unbeaten 210 was filled with seven sixs and 20 fours.
Mehidy Hasan bagged four wickets for Bangladesh, while Islam scalped two wickets.
Previously, Mehidy Hasan’s three wickets had put the hosts in a strong position on the fourth day as Windies needed 285 runs to win the Test.
Short results: Bangladesh 432 and 223 / 8d; West Indies 259 and 395/7 (Kyle Mayers 210 *, Nkrumah Bonner 86; Mehidy Hasan 4-113). (ANI)
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