Bangladesh’s Elias Sunny made a memorable seven-wicket debut against the West Indies in the rain-hit opening Test, which ended in a draw on Tuesday.
The left-arm spinner grabbed 6-94 in the first innings and 1-34 in the second as the West Indies finished at 100-2 after being set a 226-run target from 37 overs.
Opener Lendl Simmons made a 49-ball 44, while Kirk Edwards (28 not out) and Darren Bravo (24 not out) were the unbeaten batsmen when play was called off with 15 overs remaining. No play was possible due to rain on Saturday and Sunday.
Man-of-the-match Sunny became the third Bangladeshi to bag six wickets in an innings on debut in the morning session as the West Indies were bowled out for 244 in their first innings in reply to Bangladesh’s 350-9 declared.
“Sunny is a much better bowler than he showed in this Test as I have played with him in domestic tournaments. But what he did here as a debutant is extraordinary,” said captain Mushfiqur Rahim.
“We never declared an innings twice in a Test before and I think the West Indies will be under pressure ahead of the second match as we’ve gained a moral victory. I hope the wicket in the next match will also help our spinners.”
The hosts declared their second innings closed at their tea total of 119-3, with left-handed Shahriar Nafees (50) scoring his sixth Test half-century with the help of eight fours. Openers Imrul Kayes (13) and Tamim Iqbal (37) were the other batsmen dismissed in the second session.
Seamers Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul and spinner Marlon Samuels each took one wicket. “Bangladesh played well throughout the Test match. Their batsmen put 350 runs on the board and that gave them a chance to control the game,” said West Indies skipper Sammy.
“The Bangladeshi spinners bowled well and we could not play them well. I think we have to exercise a lot more patience and spend more time at the wicket. We hope to put in a much improved performance in the second match.”