The West Indies completed a 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the second and final Test in St Lucia on Monday.
Frustrated by torrential overnight showers which left a sodden outfield and prevented play until mid-afternoon, the home side claimed the last four wickets swiftly despite an entertaining, unbeaten 60 by Nurul Hasan to dismiss the visitors for 186 in their second innings after they had resumed in the already precarious position of 132-6.
That left captain Kraigg Brathwaite and opening partner John Campbell with the formality of knocking off the 13 runs required for victory in less than three overs for another comprehensive triumph and a 2-0 sweep of the series.
“Our confidence levels were very high coming into this game after that win in the first Test,” Brathwaite said. “There is always room for improvement but it was good to see the way we fought back from a difficult position against the Bangladesh bowlers on the second day.
“It is especially pleasing to see our plans coming to fruition now because we know it’s going to be very tough for our next Test series in Australia at the end of year but we believe we can put up a good fight there,” he added.
It extended the West Indies’ Test winning streak to three matches following a series-clinching victory over England at the end of the series in Grenada three months earlier.
Kyle Mayers, whose 146 was the fulcrum of the West Indies’ first innings total of 148, took both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards.
Any fears of being frustrated by lower-order resistance from Bangladesh dissipated within minutes of play getting underway as Alzarri Joseph had Mehidy Hasan Miraz caught behind fending at a lifting delivery.
Nurul, who impressed with a second-innings century in the seven-wicket defeat in the first Test in Antigua a week earlier, seemed to get into white-ball mode with a succession of extravagant shots, his unbeaten half-century coming off just 50 balls and embellished by six fours and two sixes.
Yet, as impressive as he was when on strike, the wicketkeeper-batsman was powerless to prevent the demise of his teammates as Jayden Seales removed Ebadot Hossain and Shoriful Islam while last man Khaled Ahmed was run out by a direct hit from Campbell to the non-striker’s end to terminate another generally meek Bangladesh batting effort.
Joseph, Seales and Kemar Roach claimed three wickets each in the innings.
Both sides now adjust for the white-ball formats with the three-match T20I series starting next Sunday in Dominica after which they will meet in three ODIs.
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