1st test: West Indies clinch victory as Shakib admits ‘first session killed us’ | Cricket News



NORTH SOUND: Fly-half John Campbell completed his first Test in half a century in the Caribbean as the West Indies secured a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh on the fourth morning of the first Test in Antigua on Sunday.
Resuming at 49 for three and needing just 35 more carries at the start of the day to pursue a modest target of 84, Campbell topped the scoring alongside the vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood (26 not released).
He finished his third Test of a half-century in total with a sweep for four before sealing the result forcefully with a long-off six over in the same over from a part-time spinner. Najmul Hossain.
Any slim hope of Bangladesh creating further alarms in the West Indies camp never materialized as a setter Khalid Ahmedwho grabbed three early wickets late on day three to reduce the home side to nine-for-three, proved as ineffective as the other bowlers used by captain Shakib Al Hasan.
After batting carefully the night before to stabilize the innings, Campbell and Blackwood struck free as they knocked out the remaining runs from seven overs in less than half an hour in an unbroken 79-run stand.
For Shakib, returning to the Test side as captain, the early capitulation at bat early in the Test match was the determining factor in the final result.
“This session killed the game for us,” was his candid assessment at the end of the game as he looked back to the first morning of Thursday’s game when Bangladesh lost six wickets before lunch before being routed for 103.
“We were always behind the game from then on. It’s not acceptable at all. We do that quite regularly now in our last four-five Test games.
“Our batsman has to find ways to survive, stay at the wicket and get runs. Then the bowlers will have a chance to win the game for us.”
Shakib’s West Indian counterpart was the happiest man at the end of the game, although Kraigg Brathwaite would have preferred his team’s better overall batting effort in the early innings.
“I thought Bangladesh played pretty well so for us to beat over 100 overs was a good effort, although I would have liked a few more runs in the first innings,” the home captain said as he reflected on the total. of the opening rounds of the West Indies of 265 in which he and vice-captain Blackwood combined for 157 runs.
Unsurprisingly, he was full of praise for man of the match Kemar Roach’s role in spearheading the bowling effort.
“He continues to lead from the front, both on and off the pitch,” Brathwaite said.
“I was particularly pleased with the way we took advantage of the conditions on the first morning. It wasn’t just about spinning and bowling and expecting the wickets to fall.
“We played properly, the right lengths and lines and got the reward to set the tone for the rest of the game.”
Roach finished with seven wickets in the match, including his tenth Test innings with five wickets in the second inning.
He has 50 test victims at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and equalized Michael Holding on 249 wickets to be sixth overall among the West Indies’ leading wicket takers.
“I’m a very big stats person so being up there with the legends of the game is very satisfying but I’m just going to keep working and hopefully hit that 300 wicket mark,” said Roach, who will have 34 years old on June 30.
Before that, he has the chance to claim sixth place alone on the Caribbean wicket list when the second and final Test begins Friday at Daren Sammy Stadium in St. Lucia.


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