Bangladesh bowler Taijul Islam, celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella during a match earlier this year.
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Bangladesh spin bowlers wrecked the West Indies in the first Test of the Two Test series, to win inside three days at the Zahur Ahmed Stadium in Chittagon last Saturday.

Taijul Islam sent the regional team to an embarrassing 64-run defeat with only Sunil Ambris (43) and Jomel Warrican showing some resistance with a 69-run partnership for the ninth wicket.

It was West Indies’ first ever loss in Bangladesh and the first in seven Tests overall.

The loss was also West Indies’ third straight to occur inside of three days in a Test, dating back to the two losses in the recently concluded Indian tour.

After Devendra Bishoo had captured four wickets to help dismiss Bangladesh for a paltry 125 in their second innings to leave the Windies with a target of 204 for victory, Islam claimed his seventh five-wicket haul in Tests to almost single-handed destroy the Windies middle order batsmen, as they were bowled out for 139 on the stroke of tea.

Bangladesh had scored 324 in their first innings, while West Indies made 264.

Resuming the day on 55 for five- an overall lead of 133 runs- Bangladesh managed to add 70 valuable runs, mainly from a fighting knock of 31 from lower order batsman Mahmudullah.

After Mushfiqur Raham had been bowled by Shannon Gabriel for 19 to leave Bangladesh reeling on 69 for six, Mahmudullah and Medhidy Mirza put on a much needed 37 runs for the seventh wicket.

But Bishoo claimed the next three wickets in quick succession to give the momentum back to the West Indies as Bangladesh faltered to 123 for nine. Off-spinner Roston Chase then wrapped up the innings by dismissing Islam for one.

Bishoo ended with figures or four for 26, while Chase took three for 18 and Jomel Warrican two for 14.

However, in pursuit of a reachable target of 204 for victory, the West Indies got off to a nightmare start losing four wickets inside the first six overs and were bundled out for a paltry 139.

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