Bangladesh on 114 2 at tea in second test vs West Indies

West Indies Test Cricket

CASTRIES, St. Lucia _ Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed his 30th Test century and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn followed with 5-72 on Tuesday as the West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 296 runs late on day four of the second test.

The West Indies, playing its landmark 500th test, swept the two-test series 2-0.

Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 101 allowed the West Indies to declare its second innings at 269-4 early in the day.

Bangladesh, set 489 for an unlikely victory, was bowled out for 192 in the final over of the day. Benn’s second five-wicket haul of the series was supported well by fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who claimed his 100th Test wicket on his way to figures of 3-39.

For the visitors, Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 64 and left-hander Mominul Haque contributed 56, the pair adding 110 for the third wicket to give the visitors hope. But once Benn removed Tamim, the innings went into terminal decline, the last eight wickets tumbling for 34 runs in an hour and a half.

Earlier, the West Indies added 61 runs in 10 overs after resuming in a position of strength at 208-4. Chanderpaul and Jermaine Blackwood extended their unbroken fifth wicket stand to 169.

Blackwood, resuming on 43, soon brought up his second test half century and Chanderpaul, who celebrated his 40th birthday a month ago, wasted no time in moving from 63 to another triple figure score. In doing so, the veteran became the 11th batsman to reach 30 test tons. The left-hander also became only the second West Indian to score a century after the age of 40, joining Clive Lloyd, who was watching on from the stands in his role as chairman of selectors.

Bangladesh got off to a bright start through Tamim and Shamsur Rahman.

Shamsur (39) took on a short bowling barrage from Taylor, smacking him for four and two sixes, off successive balls. But he eventually fell to the stroke, top-edging straight to deep backward square leg at 47-1.

One run later, Benn claimed Anamul Haque (0) edging to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin for a duck to further strengthen the hosts’ grip.

But Tamim and Mominul forged a sterling partnership either side of tea to stall the West Indies.

Mominul survived a chance to Darren Bravo at first slip when 29 but the pair were largely untroubled as they batted into the final session.

The 33-year-old Benn made the crucial breakthrough an hour after tea when Tamim swung across the line and skied to Shannon Gabriel at midwicket and soon added the scalp of Mominul, who hit a full toss straight to the same fielder.

In between, Gabriel claimed Mahmudullah lbw for a duck.

The lower order offered little resistance as Benn took his series tally to 14 wickets and Taylor brought up his 100th in his career.

Benn had Nasir Hossain lbw and pouched a return chance off Taijul Islam while Taylor bowled Mushfiqur Rahim and had Robiul Islam lbw.

Kemar Roach, who had taken a five-wicket haul in the first innings, ended the match by rattling the stumps of Shafiul Islam.

The Associated Press

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