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Shakib hits 97

Khulna: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-al Hasan followed his four wickets with a fighting 97 to delay West Indies’ likely win in the second and final Test in Khulna on Saturday.

The 25-year-old left-hander missed his third Test hundred by a mere three runs but carried the home team from a precarious 82-5 to 262-6 at close on the fourth day, still needing 35 to avoid an innings defeat.

Shakib fell off the first ball of the penultimate over of the day, miscuing a lofted shot off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and was caught at mid-off by Tino Best.

Shakib and Nasir Hossain made a record sixth wicket stand for Bangladesh against the West Indies of 144s.

Best (3-26) had put the West Indies on course for an innings victory with a triple strike in the post lunch session but Shakib and Nasir ensured Bangladesh will not go down without a fight.