CHITTAGONG: Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan became the first Bangladesh bowler to claim 200 test wickets as the hosts sealed a comprehensive 64-run victory against West Indies on Day 3 of the first cricket test on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Shakib returned figures of 2-30 and also became the quickest test player to 3,000 runs and 200 wickets, achieving the feat in his 54th test to eclipse England allrounder Ian Botham, who reached it in 55 tests.
But his fellow left-arm spinner Taijul Islam did the most damage, taking 6-33, his fourth five-for in the last six innings, to wrap up the visitors’ second innings for 139 while they were chasing the winning target of 204.
Sunil Ambris scored 43, and Jomel Warrican made a fluent 41, as the West Indies duo shared a 63-run partnership for the ninth wicket to take their team from 75-8 to 138-9.
After Bangladesh was bowled out for 125 in its second innings, adding 70 to its overnight 55-5, the spinners took charge.
Shakib dismissed opener Kieran Powell — stumped for a duck — to reach his 200th wicket.
“I wouldn’t have felt good to reach 200 wickets if we didn’t manage to win,” said Shakib. “We knew it would not be a high-scoring game once we saw the wicket on the first day.”
Shakib and Taijul took three wickets in just seven balls for no runs on the eve of lunch.
After West Indies had collapsed to 11-4, Shimron Hetmyer (27) and Ambris added 33 in a stroke-filled fifth wicket partnership before offspinner Mehidy Hasan (2-27) removed Hetmyer.
Taijul then triggered another collapse to complete his five seventh five-for in 22 tests, edging Bangladesh closer with West Indies at 75-8.
Warrican and Ambris resisted before Mehidy Hasan had Warrican caught by Shakib at midwicket to end the increasingly dangerous partnership.
Taijul fittingly wrapped up West Indies’ innings, removing Ambris to give Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
“We didn’t play as well as we should or could,” said West Indies stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite said. “We lost wickets too quickly.”
Bangladesh was dismissed for 324 in its first innings and took a 78-run lead by bowling the tourists out for 246.