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Saturday, November 17, 2012


Abhishek Purohit of CricInfo wrote earlier today: “Bangladesh undid all the hard work done by their batsmen in the first innings, and by their bowlers in the second”

After their star batsman, Tamim Iqbal’s early dismissal, the rest of the top order followed suit in a regular procession, thanks to West Indies bowling dynamo, Tino Best.

Tino Best, who had been wayward throughout the game, suddenly came into his own and blasted the Bangladesh batting side with pure pace, averaging 90+ mph. He captured the key wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, and was well supported by West Indies debutante leg spinner Veerasammy Permaul. By tea time, there was little doubt about a Windies win.

While West Indies succumbed to spin in their second innings, Bangladesh was jolted by raw pace of Best and Rampaul. Both Windies speedsters used the short and back-of-a-length balls to telling effect with pure pace.

In Bangladesh second innings, Tamim was the first to go. In the fifth over, he tried to slash a Rampaul delivery that bounced extra but only succeeded in edging it to wicketkeeper Ramdin.

In Best’s second over, Junaid Siddique tried to steer one outside off and only guided it to Ramdin.

When Bangladesh went to lunch needing 200 more with eight batsmen remaining, pundits thought the game was still even; but Best had other ideas! With pace and bounce, he came out even harder at Bangladesh after the break. Shahriar Nafees got a mouthful, and heaved a top-edge off the next delivery, a short one into the body, for the bowler to take the catch. Best had now captured his third wicket and his tail was up! He had even more encouragement; three balls later, he took out Shakib Al Hasan with a real beauty that squared the batsman up and took the edge to the keeper as it moved away from middle.

Best went off the field momentarily but returned to strike with his fourth delivery that swung in full and late and trapped Mushfiqur plumb in front. Best at this point was bowling with the speed of a runaway locomotive. He jagged one in to Naeem Islam's chest, which had the batsman grimacing in pain.

At 129 for 7, Mahmudullah was the last batsman standing between West Indies and victory; but Tino Best had the last word when he was the last man out, bowled comprehensively by Best in the 55 over.

Following on with his record for highest score by a number 11 batsman (making 95 against England at Edgbaston in 143-run partnership with Denesh Ramdin), it was the turn of 5 ft 8 in speedster to deliver with the ball and he didn’t fail us!

It was the very best of Best with the ball at the test level. He took his first 5-wicket haul in tests (5 wickets for 24 runs) with an economy rate of 1.92.

Congratulations to Tino Best, Darren Sammy and the entire Windies team.

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