Debutant scripts history and victory for West Indies
Kyle Mayers smashed a marvellous unbeaten double century on debut to help West Indies snatch an extraordinary three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Chattogram on Sunday.
Courtesy Mayers’s 210 not out, the Windies chased down a daunting target of 395, completing a fifth-highest successful run-chase in Test history.
Mayers added 216 with Nkrumah Bonner (86) for the fourth wicket to turn the match on its head and took a single off spinner Nayeem Hasan to seal a fairy-tale victory for a second-string Windies led by Kraigg Brathwaite. The left-handed batsman’s knock comprised 20 fours and as many as seven maximums.
“It’s a great feeling to be playing Test cricket,” Mayers, adjudged Man of the Match, said later.
“Then to go on and score a century, and then to make it a double, and then going on to win this Test is absolutely an amazing feeling.
“A guy making his debut and scoring a double century should inspire all youngsters to work hard and reach this level,” Mayers added.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 430 & 223/8 decl. West Indies 259 & 395/7 (K. Mayers 210 n.o).
West Indies won by 3 wickets.
- 223: George Headley (WI), vs Eng, Kingston, 1930 — Match drawn
- 222: Nathan Astle (NZ), vs Eng, Christchurch, 2002 — NZ lost
- 221: Sunil Gavaskar (Ind), vs Eng, The Oval, 1979 — Match drawn
- 219: Bill Edrich (Eng), vs SA, Durban, 1939 — Match drawn
- 214 n.o.: Gordon Greenidge (WI) vs Eng, Lord’s, 1984 — WI won
- 210 n.o.: Kyle Mayers (WI) vs Bangla, Chattogram, 2021 — WI won