The West Indies have pulled off a historic win in Chattogram against Bangladesh, chasing down a target of 395 runs on Sunday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Bangladesh paid a heavy price for Shakib Al Hasan’s injury. The all-rounder could not bowl in the second innings of the match.
The Tigers also missed the service of extra pace-bowlers as they took the field only with one pacer in the playing XI.
Kyle Mayers, the 28-year-old left-handed batsman, registered a double ton on debut to guide his side to the record-breaking win.
This was the first time a team had won in Bangladesh chasing a target of more than 350 runs. Also, this was the first instance of a debutant hitting a ton in Test for the West Indies after Kirk Edwards who did it in 2011 against India.
And Mayers partnered Booners in the fourth wicket stand to post 216 runs on the board, which proved to be a decisive partnership.
While Mayers remained unbeaten for 210, Booner, who also made his debut in this game, scored 86.
The West Indies scored 395 for seven in 127.3 overs. For Bangladesh, Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagged four wickets conceding 113 runs, the best bowling figures for the hosts in this innings. But it was not enough for them to take a lead in the two-match series.
Earlier, in the first innings of the match, Bangladesh posted 430 riding on the maiden Test 100 of Mehidy (103). Shadman Islam (59) and Shakib (68) also hit a 50 each.
Jomel Warrican was the best bowler for the tourists, scalping four wickets while Cornwall took two.
In reply, despite some good batting displays from captain Kraigg Brathwaite (76) and Jermaine Blackwood (68), the West Indies managed to score 259 runs in their first innings after losing last five wickets in six runs.
For Bangladesh, Mehidy bagged four wickets while Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan took two wickets each.
Bangladesh posted 223 for eight in the second innings. Captain Mominul Haque hit a century in the second innings and Liton Das came up with a 50 (69).
However, all of their efforts went in vain as Mayers made an outstanding reply to the hosts.
Both the teams will now lock horns in the second game of the series in Dhaka starting from February 11.