20 July 2009
Shakib Al Hasan guided Bangladesh to an emphatic series victory against West Indies by winning the second Test by 4 wickets. Shakib remained not out on 96 and ended the match with a huge six over long on. This is Bangladesh's first ever overseas series victory in Test cricket.
Shakib, who earlier bagged 5 wickets for 70 runs to restrict West Indies to a modest 209, played a monumental innings under pressure. His 97 ball 96 included 13 boundaries and 1 six. He found a willing partner in Raqibul Hasan and the pair shared a 5th wicket 106 run partnership to ease the nerve after a Darren Sammy burst left Bangladesh struggling on 67 for 4.
"In our nine years, this is the biggest thing that has happened to Bangladesh cricket," said Shakib, who also hit 13 fours in his innings.
"This series victory will give a boost to our confidence, and will help to take us to the next level, and with God's help, we shall go forward.
"There was not too much pressure on us (on Monday), since the boys have been playing really, really well. It was a good victory."
Earlier, West Indies resumed the day on 192 for 8 and David Bernard made his intention clear by hitting a six but perished in the same over when he tried to repeat the shot. A tossed up delivery from Enamul Haque Jr. left him stranded in the middle and wicket keeper Mushfiqur Rahim did the rest. Shakib then removed Tino Best as West Indies failed to post a challenging target in front of Bangladesh.
Chasing 215 to create history, Bangladesh did not have their best of the starts as they slumped to 67 for 4. Raqibul Hasan who was having a poor series laucnhed a memorable fightback and started to find boundaries with aggressive stroke play. Shakib soon joined the party and the pair assumed complete control of the run chase.
Darren Sammy refused to throw the towel and removed Raqibul and Mushfiqur in quick succession to create an outside probability but Shakib kept his composure and guided Bangladesh home to seal the series triumph.
Shakib was adjudged both Man of the Match and Man of the Series for his briliant all-round performance.
Bangladesh won the opening Test of the two-match Digicel series last Monday in St. Vincent by 95 runs.