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Jul 14, 2009

Bangladesh's second Test victory ever


Mahmudullah finished a memorable debut Test, when he brutally exposed West Indies' frailty to spin, and bowled Bangladesh to a historic 95-run victory in the 1st Test on Monday.

The 23-year-old Mahmudullah captured five wickets for 51 runs from his 15 overs, as WI, chasing 277 for victory, were all-out for 181 in their second innings about 20 minutes before the scheduled close on the fifth and final day at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

All rounder Shakib Al Hasan formalised Bangladesh's second Test victory ever, when he attentive Tino Best lbw plumb in front for nine with a dipping full toss, and ended with three wickets for 39 runs from 28.1 overs.

The result means that Bangladesh lead the two-Test series 1-0 with the final match start on Friday at Grenada's Queen's Park Stadium Complex.

Bangladesh's victory which came about 4-1/2 years after their solitary Test win against Zimbabwe on home soil in Chittagong was made more remarkable because their new Skipper and primary fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza spent the entire West Indies innings off the field nursing a knee injury he aggravated earlier in the match.

"I feel much better now following this victory," said captain Mortaza. "Special thanks to Shakib for deputising for me, and the way he knob the side.

"It was probably a blessing in costume when we got bowled out which gave us more time. We were looking to bat until lunch and get a lead of about 300 or more, but we lost five wickets quickly.

"But we included good spinners like Shakib and Mahmudullah and they bowled really well, so special thanks to them and the rest of the bowlers because we were operating one bowler short because of my injury - and we still won."

Bangladesh had pushed their claims almost from the start of the West Indies innings, and had limited the hosts to 66 for two at lunch.

They got the breakthrough quite unexpectedly, when Raqibul Hasan ran Dale Richards out for 14 with a direct hit from gully, after umpire Asoka de Silva turned down an lbw appeal from Shahadat Hossain, and the batsman absentmindedly walked out of his crease.

There was added success for Bangladesh, when Shakib had left-hander Omar Phillips lbw for 14 to go West Indies 33 for two, but the Tigers could make no more headway, as West Indies captain Floyd Reifer joined Travis Dowlin, and they batted out the remainder of the session.

Bangladesh also play three One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International on their five week tour of the Caribbean.

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