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Bangladesh sweep West Indies

Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 11:11 [IST]
 
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Bangladesh sweep West Indies

ST George: Bangladesh registered their first ever  overseas test series victory when stand-in captain Shakib Al Hasan's brilliant all-round performance guided them to a four-wicket victory over West Indies in Grenada on Monday.

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan scored an unbeaten 96, after an early scare, to steer his side to second ever series win.

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Bangladesh were struggling at 67 for four about half-hour before the tea break, but Shakib joined Raqibul and they put Bangladesh solidly on course for victory with a stand of 106 for the fifth wicket either side of tea.

Shakib hit the winning runs in style with a superb six to seal a first ever series win away from home, against an inexperienced West Indies side after the senior players boycotted the series over a pay dispute.

Shakib and Raqibul Hasan made 65 - both career bests - to set things up for the Tigers, as they successfully chased 215 for victory to win by four wickets and claim only their second ever series win.

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"In our nine years, this is the biggest thing that has happened to Bangladesh cricket," said Shakib, who also hit 13 fours in 96 from 97 balls in a little over 2-1/2 hours to make him a shoe-in for the Man-of-the-Match award.

"This series victory will give a boost to our confidence, and will help to take us to the next level, and with God's help, we shall go forward. "There was not too much pressure on us (on Monday), since the boys have been playing really, really well. It was a good victory."

Bangladesh were struggling on 67 for four about half-hour before the tea break, but Shakib joined Raqibul and they put Bangladesh solidly on course for victory with a stand of 106 for the fifth wicket either side of tea.

Shakib, who also captured the Man-of-the-Series award, finished with five wickets for 70 runs from 24.5 overs, and fellow left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Jr ended with three for 48 from 17 overs.

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