West Indies on Monday (June 27) sealed the Test series 2-0 with a comprehensive 10-wicket triumph against Bangladesh in the second Test at St Lucia. Kyle Mayers’ second Test century helped the hosts to a clinical 174-run lead in the first innings.
It was intimidating for Bangladesh, who have struggled to score a total of 300 in their last 10 outings, to post a challenging target for their opponents. West Indies pacers were on regular business after the play was delayed owing to the wet outfield on the fourth day.
Kemar Roach (3/54) and Alzarri Joseph (3/57) attacked from both ends to decimate the Bangladesh batting order as the visitors were bowled out for 186 within nine overs after the play resumed. Right-arm medium Jayden Seales also chipped in with three wickets as West Indies were left to chase a minuscule 13 runs in the fourth innings. Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell took 2.5 overs to finish the proceedings.
Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table After Bangladesh vs West Indies 2nd Test
West Indies won the first Test in Antigua by seven wickets and with the 2-0 series win, they accumulated a 50% win percentage in the current World Test Championship (WTC) cycle 2021-23 with four wins, three losses and a couple of draws.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh are languishing at the bottom of the points table with just a solitary victory, one draw and eight defeats after playing 10 games in this cycle. Australia sits on the top with a 75% win percentage followed by South Africa with 71.43%. India are placed third with a 58.33 win percentage while Sri Lanka is fourth with 55.56.
The planning and execution made me happy: Kraigg Brathwaite
“I think the confidence of the guys was high. The planning and execution made me happy. Mayers’s partnership with Blackwood was superb. Bangladesh bowled well. I think there is always room for improvement. We should try to bat over 100 overs almost every time. One should be a little decisive in this format,” Brathwaite said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Kyle Mayers was awarded player of the series for finishing with the most runs – 153 in two innings – and snapping six wickets at an average of 16. Roach became the sixth bowler from West Indies to accomplish 250 Test scalps.
“Kemar is a legend. His attitude off the field is amazing. I am glad for his success. Mayers is special. He is a match-winner. He is a special talent. He just needs to realise his talent and believe in himself. Australia at home will be a challenging team. It is all about attitude and being tough,” Brathwaite said.
Both the teams will move to play the three-match T20I series with the first match scheduled on July 2 in Dominica.