The first Test lasted seven sessions. This one lasted nine. Bangladesh finally managed to cross the 150-run mark this series but their abysmal record of failing to bat at least 50 overs in an innings on this trip remained intact. That's how miserable their batters were as Windies clinched the series 2-0 following the 166-run victory. Skipper Jason Holder stole the show with six wickets in the second innings to add to the five wickets he fetched in the first.
Despite putting up a fight with the ball this morning to give themselves a chance to square the series, Bangladesh were let down by their batsmen who failed to apply yet again. Windies managed only 129 in the second innings with Shakib Al Hasan bagging a six-fer but then three of his batsmen were sent back to the pavilion by Tea with 283 runs still needed. Things turned worse when Mahmudullah failed to fight it out in the middle alongside his skipper as he chipped one tamely to short midwicket.
Bangladesh relied heavily on the dynamic duo of Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim to put up some resistance and they didn't disappoint. Shakib continued to play shots whenever possible and Mushfiqur too joined in by punishing the short and loose deliveries. Mushfiqur kept going even when Shakib became subdued and was scoring at a strike rate of almost 100 at one point.
Bangladesh's faint hopes were raised when these two hit four boundaries in the space of five deliveries at one stage during their partnership. Those hopes didn't last long though with Holder taking matters into his own hands to put his side on the ascendancy again. He found enough movement to sneak in through Mushfiqur's defence and off the very next ball, he bowled a similar delivery to trap Nurul Hasan plumb in front, as a result of which the wicketkeeper-batsman registered a king pair.
With Mehidy Hasan also falling shortly, the result was a foregone conclusion as Shakib waged a lone battle. The Bangladesh skipper followed his six-wicket haul with a fighting half-century and his fine effort was cut short by his opposite number when he found plenty of movement once again to disturb timber. Holder didn't take much time to complete the formalities as both Kamrul Islam and Abu Jayed were castled in the following over. Not only did Holder register his best career figures but also saw his side eclipse Bangladesh in the ICC Test rankings. Double delight!
Brief scores: Windies 354 (Kraigg Brathwaite 110; Mehidy Hasan 5-93) & 129 (Roston Chase 32; Shakib Al Hasan 6-33) beat Bangladesh 149 (Tamim Iqbal 49; Jason Holder 5-44) & 168 (Shakib Al Hasan 54; Jason Holder 6-59) by 166 runs