Left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam bagged 13 wickets in the match to help the Bangladesh Emerging team win the lone four-dayer against the visiting Ireland Wolves by an innings and 23 runs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday.
Ireland, resuming the third day on 35 for four in their second innings, were once caught in Tanvir's spin web.
The 24-year-old had taken three wickets on the second day, and went on to bag five more wickets to end up with his career-best figures of eight for 51 from 28.3 overs.
The visitors struggled to negotiate the spin and arm-balls from Tanvir, who had picked up five wickets in the first innings. He had never before taken five wickets in an innings in 11 previous first class games.
Skipper Harry Tector top-scored with 55 for Ireland while Curtis Campher added 22, but none of the visiting batsmen were able to score significantly and were eventually bundled out for 139 runs.
Earlier, Bangladesh took a big 162-run lead in their first innings after having shot out the visitors for 151 in their first innings.
Although it was a green top in Chattogram, it was Tanvir's left-arm spin that hounded the visitors. He said he tried to use the pace variation and bowl consistently in a particular area and that brought him rewards.
"As you know, it was a green top but our coach instructed us to bowl in a particular area. I tried to use my pace variation as there was nothing much for the spinners on the surface. At times I also bowled the armer which worked well for me. But my main strength is my turn," Tanvir told the Daily Star.
The cricketer from Barishal, who had to miss his second-year final exam of his graduation course to take part in the ongoing series, said it was worth it.
"It was for the third time that I missed my second-year final exam for cricket. But I have no regrets, to be honest. But it seems that I have to get admitted yet again to my college to complete my graduation," he said with a smile. "It was my maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and also my maiden ten-wicket haul in a game, I am very happy."
The visitors will take part in the first of five unofficial ODIs against Bangladesh on March 5.