History was secured by a depleted West Indies side as they chased down a record 395 on the final day in Chattogram to secure a 1-0 lead against Bangladesh.
The star of the day was Kyle Mayers. The 28-year-old, playing his first Test, scored a monumental 210*, carrying on from his overnight 37, to script among the more famous West Indies chases in recent times.
The facts surrounding the result point to the magnitude of it: it was the fifth-highest successful run-chase in Test history, and the highest ever in Asia. West Indies achieved the feat with three wickets to spare.
For Bangladesh, it was a blow – their search for a first win in the ICC World Test Championship continues, and the likes of Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who scored a century and took two four-fors, and second-innings centurion captain Mominul Haque saw their efforts go in vain.
It was a stunning West Indies performance though. A lot of that had to do with the overnight partnership of Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner. The duo resumed from their overnight 110/3 and ensured they stayed together till the final session.
Their 216-run stand formed the bedrock of the innings. They got together when West Indies were reduced to 59/3. By the time the stand was broken, they had 292 on board, just a shade over 100 runs away from the target.
During the course of the innings both Bonner and Mayers brought up personal milestones – Mayers reached his maiden Test century, and Bonner, a fellow debutant, sored his first Test half-century. However, when the stand was broken – birthday boy Taijul Islam trapped Bonner in front – Bangladesh had their much-coveted opening.
A wicket brought another as Jermaine Blackwood fell to Nayeem Hasan, and Bangladesh had belief they could yet come away with full points. However, Joshua Da Silva ensured nothing of the sort would happen. Much like in the first innings, he batted solidly, providing Mayers with adequate support – Mayers got a move on too, tonking Mehidy Hasan for sixes, and they brought up the 100-run stand to all but ensure a West Indies victory.
There were still some jitters towards the end as Da Silva was cleaned up by Taijul before Kemar Roach became Mehidy’s eighth wicket of the match. However, Mayers fittingly scored the winning runs to seal his place in West Indies history.
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