Windies Consign Tigers to Latest Whitewash Defeat

Bangladesh celebrated their twelfth anniversary as a Test-playing nation the day before this series started.  Yet the newest members of the Test stable are still all too obviously coming to terms with the demands of the longest form of the game.  Their 2-0 home defeat to the West Indies now means that the Tigers have been whitewashed in their last series against each of their rivals – and leaves them with the worst possible Match Win/Loss rate of -100%.

As so often, the Test Cricket League’s bottom side showed glimpses of talent and purpose.  Having achieved a first innings lead during the 1st Test, the Bangladeshi batsmen were set an attainable target of 254 to win.  However, five wickets from the mercurial Tino Best put paid to the run chase as the hosts crumbled to 167 all out.

Likewise in the 2nd Test, Bangladesh gained the upper hand when their first innings was boosted by an extraordinary century by debutant no. 10 Abul Hasan.  The West Indies in response wrested control of the contest thanks to an imperious double ton from the in-form Marlon Samuels and 150 not out from Shiv Chanderpaul, his second big score of the series.  Best again tore through the Tigers’ second innings, leaving Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell to race to the paltry target score.

The West Indians’ retention of the series trophy maintains their 7th position in the League, while Bangladesh stay rooted to the foot of the table.

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