21 Jul 2009

Bangladesh win first overseas Test series

4:27 pm on 21 July 2009

The Bangladeshi cricketers have claimed their first overseas Test series win after beating the West Indies by four wickets in the second Test in Grenada.

Shakib Al Hasan's fine all-round performance guided them to the win while left-arm spinner Al Hasan, acting captain for the Test, ended with figures of five for 70 as Bangladesh bowled out the weakened West Indies side for 209 in the morning session.

Set a target of 215 to win, 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 the target.

Although Sammy took two more wickets and finished with figures of five for 55, Bangladesh comfortably secured just their third Test win in style when Al Hasan smashed Roach for a six to finish on 96 not out.

Bangladesh won the first Test by 95 runs.

The West Indies were without their first-choice players who boycotted the tests due to a dispute over contracts and payments.