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Bangladesh Tigers win away Test against West Indies

Posted By Mash On July 15, 2009 @ 6:44 am In Leagues & Tournaments,News | 1 Comment

Bangladesh savoured only their second victory in 60 Tests and first overseas on Tuesday after they beat a makeshift West Indies in the first Test in Kingstown, St Vincent.

However, the celebrations were guarded as West Indies were forced to field seven debutants in a hastily-assembled squad after a boycott by leading players due to contractual and payment issues.

The only previous win for Bangladesh, granted Test status in 2000, had come against the visiting Zimbabwe in 2005.
Former skipper Habibul Bashar, who led Bangladesh to their previous win, showered the team with praise.

‘It was long overdue for us,’ he said. ‘I have seen the players working very hard to be successful in Test cricket and they deserved it.’
‘They were under pressure to win this match especially after West Indies fielded a weak team. Full credit to them that they did not succumb to it,’ the nation’s most successful Test batsman added.

Many cricket lovers went to bed with the victory still uncertain as Bangladesh had merely 80 overs to bowl West Indies out in the second innings after setting them a realistic 277-run target.

‘I went to bed when the West Indies were 128 for six at tea. No doubt the match was in our favour, (but) I still wasn’t sure as we had had some bitter experiences before,’ said Anwar Sadat, accountant in a private firm.

‘We lost in a similar situation against Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand, so I was really tense,’ he added.
In 2003, Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by one wicket and also had Australia and New Zealand reeling in 2006 and 2008 respectively, only to let them escape and clinch identical three-wicket wins.

On each of these occasions, the captain of the opposing teams – Inzamam-ul-Haque, Ricky Ponting and Daniel Vettori – snatched the victory from the jaw of defeat with their individual brilliance.

But Floyd Reifer, the stand-in West Indian captain, was not Inzamam, Ponting or Vettori and his West Indies were also not Pakistan, Australia or New Zealand as they crashed to a 95-run defeat.

Bangladesh spin bowlers Mahmudullah Riyad and Sakib al Hasan shared eight wickets in the second innings to dismiss West Indies for 181 runs with just over 40 minutes of play left.

Sweets were distributed at the Bangladesh Cricket Board headquarters at Mirpur on Tuesday and the Board president, Lieutenant General Sina Ibn Jamali, congratulated the team.

‘This is the momentous occasion for Bangladesh cricket and I hope this win will act as a catalyst for many more triumphs,’ Jamali told skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza in a message.

‘The board is extremely proud of the team’s remarkable efforts and our best wishes are always with you,’ said Jamali, who is now in Mumbai to attend the logo unveiling ceremony of World Cup 2011.

Grameenphone, the official sponsor of Tigers since 2003, has congratulated the players of the Bangladesh national cricket team, the BCB for the team’s winning performance.

‘The win against the West Indies marks the Bangladesh cricket team’s first Test win on international soil,’ said the leading cellular phone operator in a statement.

The Bangladesh Football Federation also hailed the team and hoped that they would return home clinching the series.
‘I am hopeful that this win will inspire the youth cricketers much to play attractive cricket in future,’ said BFF president Kazi Salahuddin.

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