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Windies banked on a classical performance from their skipper, Jason Holder to clinch the series 2-0 against a woeful Bangladesh side following the 166-run victory in the second Test match.

While the first Test lasted seven sessions, this game lasted nine. Bangladesh finally managed to cross the 150-run mark this series, but their abysmal record of failing to bat at least 50 overs in an innings on this tour remained intact.

Holder stole the show with six wickets in the second innings to add to the five wickets he fetched in the first. He also received the man of the match and man of the series for his superlative effort.

Despite putting up a fight with the ball to give themselves a chance to square the series, the batsmen let the visitors down. Windies managed only 129 in the second innings with Shakib Al Hasan bagging a six-for.

However, three of his batsmen went back to the pavilion by Tea with 283 runs still needed. Furthermore, Mahmudullah failed to fight it out alongside his skipper as he chipped one tamely to short midwicket.

WI vs BAN 2018: Merciless Windies Seals Test Series against Woeful Bangladesh
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Bangladesh relied heavily on Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim to put up some resistance, and they didn’t disappoint. Shakib continued to play shots whenever possible, and Mushfiqur too joined.

Mushfiqur kept going even when Shakib became subdued and was scoring at a strike rate. Bangladesh’s slightest chances came when these two struck four boundaries in five deliveries at one stage.

Those hopes didn’t last long with Holder taking matters into his own hands to put his side on top again. He found enough movement to sneak in through Mushfiqur’s defence and removed Nurul Islam the very next ball.

Bangladesh batsmen failed to apply once again and as a result, suffered another big defeat.
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With Mehedi Hasan also falling shortly, the result was a foregone conclusion as Shakib waged a lone battle. He followed his six-wicket haul with a fighting half-century. However, he lost partners at the other end. Holder didn’t take much time to complete the formalities, as both Kamrul Islam and Abu Jayed got castled in the following over.

Not only did Holder register his best career figures but also saw his side eclipse Bangladesh in the ICC Test rankings. Double delight!

Brief scores: Windies 354 (Kraigg Brathwaite 110; Mehidy Hasan 5-93) & 129 (Roston Chase 32; Shakib Al Hasan 6-33) beat Bangladesh 149 (Tamim Iqbal 49; Jason Holder 5-44) & 168 (Shakib Al Hasan 54; Jason Holder 6-59) by 166 runs

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Ankush Das

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