West Indies Test debutants Kyle Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner helped the visitors to create a history by successfully chasing their second highest fourth innings total as they stunned the hosts Bangladesh by beating them by three wickets.
Chasing down the mammoth fourth innings target of 395 runs, the visitors West Indies started the day on their overnight score of 110/3. Thanks to the giant partnership between the Test debutants Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers, the visitors successfully chased down that mammoth fourth-innings target after losing seven wickets. While Mayers scored 210 not out, Bonner scored 86 runs.
With this victory at Chattogram, the visitors West Indies have earned the 1-0 lead in this two-match Test series with one to go.
Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 1st Test: Day 5 – Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers set up the game with the brilliant double-century partnership
Overnight batsmen Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers continued their solid batting of the last day as they started the day from their 51 runs unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket. Mayers completed his half-century in 89 balls.
In that first session of the day, both the Test debutants Bonner and Mayers batted superbly and completed the 100 runs partnership for that fourth wicket. At lunch, West Indies scored 197/3. Apart from adding 87 runs in that session, more importantly the Caribbean team didn’t lose any more wicket.
At lunch break, Test debutant Mayers was nine runs away from his maiden international century and another Test debutant Booner was seven runs behind from his maiden Test 50.
In the second session, they continued that same batting performance as West Indies had another wicket-less session that put them into the strong position in that Test match.
While Booner completed his first Test fifty in 164 balls, Mayers reached the century mark in 178 balls. In that second session, they also completed 200 runs partnership for the fourth wicket.
Taijul Islam finally broke that long fourth wicket partnership in the very first over of the third day. Taijul trapped Bonner for lbw, who scored crucial 86 off 245 balls (10 fours and only six). Before that dismissal, Test debutants Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers set up the game-changing 216 runs partnership for the fourth wicket.
Inside the next five overs, Nayeem Hasan bowled the new batsman Jermaine Blackwood (9). But the set batsman Mayers assured the visitors as soon the Caribbean team was only seeing their remarkable victory.
Mayers completed his 150 in 261 balls and comfortably chased for his double-century. He finally completed his double-century in 303 balls, when the visitors were only 10 runs away from the victory in the last six overs.
Just after completing his double-century, the Test debutant Mayers smashed a sixer. However, when West Indies were just three runs away from the victory, wicket-keeper batsman Joshua Da Silva (20) lost his wicket against Taijul Islam. But before that dismissal, Mayers and Joshua put the 100 runs partnership for the sixth wicket.
When scores were level, Mehidy Hasan Miraz took the wicket of Kemar Roach (0). But there was no other shocker for the visitors as Mayers took the single to secure the unforgettable victory while 15 balls were still left for the day.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh – 430 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz 103, Shakib Al Hasan 68; Jomel Warrican 4/133) & 223/8 decl. (Mominul Haque 115, Mushfiqur Rahim 69; Jomel Warrican 3/57)
West Indies – 259 (Kraigg Brathwaite 76, Jermaine Blackwood 68; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4/58) & 395/7 (Kyle Mayers 210*, Nkrumah Bonner 86; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4/113)
Result – West Indies won by 3 wickets