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WI triumph as Bangla choke on chase

Chasing 231 for victory, Bangladesh came close before being bowled out for 213 with the spin trio of Rahkeem Cornwall, Brathwaite, Jomel Warrican
MoM Rahkeem Cornwall on Sunday.
MoM Rahkeem Cornwall on Sunday.
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Reuters   |   Dhaka   |   Published 15.02.21, 01:51 AM

A second-string West Indies team under stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite completed a 2-0 series sweep against Bangladesh with a dramatic 17-run win in the second Test on Sunday.

Chasing 231 for victory, Bangladesh came close before being bowled out for 213 with the spin trio of Rahkeem Cornwall (4/105), Brathwaite (3/25) and Jomel Warrican (3/47) claiming all 10 wickets.

Opener Tamim Iqbal top-scored for the hosts with a breezy 50 and Mehidy Hasan Miraz made 31 down the order, but Bangladesh fell short at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

West Indies had pulled off the fifth-highest successful run chase in Test history with their three-wicket win in the series opener in Chattogram.

Brathwaite led a weakened squad to Bangladesh after several players, including Test captain Jason Holder, opted out of the tour citing COVID-19 concerns.

“Coming here without some players, with the protocols and so on — very thankful to God for opportunity to captain West Indies,” Brathwaite said.

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque rued the absence of injured all-rounder Shakib-al Hasan.

“Shakib is a two-in-one player, so when we lose him, it’s difficult as captain to get a combination that can balance the team,” Mominul said.

Brief scores: West Indies 409 & 117. Bangladesh 296 & 213 (T. Iqbal 50; R. Cornwall 4/105, K. Brathwaite 3/25, J. Warrican 3/47). WI won by 17 runs.



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