Twitter Reactions: Rahkeem Cornwall and Nkrumah Bonner steer West Indies to a series win over Bangladesh
Barring the 59-run opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar, the Tigers' innings couldn't gather any momentum in their run chase.
Updated - Feb 14, 2021 4:54 pm
West Indies have gone through a lot of adversity in the last decade. Coming into the Test series against Bangladesh, they slumped to a 0-3 clean-sweep as well. However, they rose like a phoenix from the ashes and registered a 2-0 whitewash over the Tigers. Kraigg Brathwaite and Co won the second Test by 17 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur to seal the deal.
Taijul Islam stands out for Bangladesh
The fact that West Indies had a substantial lead going into the fourth day made them firm favourites. Nkrumah Bonner and night-watchman Jomel Warrican played through until the end of the third day. But the Tigers gained the upper hand, picking up three wickets in the first session and conceding only 57 runs. Abu Jayed Rahi drew first blood, getting of Warrican after which he got Kyle Mayers.
Taijul Islam got Jermaine Blackwood stumped and from out of the blues, Bangladesh got a foothold back in the contest, big time. Joshua Da Silva tried to put his head down, scoring 20 runs, but he fell prey to Taijul. At the other end, Bonner showed a great amount of resilience. However, he wasn’t getting support from the other end. He was the ninth wicket to fall as he perished to Nayeem Hasan.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Co march ahead
The Tigers bowled the West Indies out for 117 runs in their second innings. Taijul, who picked four wickets in the first innings, picked up four in the second instance as well. Chasing 231, the hosts came out firing on all cylinders. Even as Soumya Sarkar was subdued, Tamim Iqbal played his shots. The duo put on 59 runs for the opening wicket after which Kraigg Brathwaite got rid of Sarkar.
Tamim scored a fifty, but he became Brathwaite’s second victim. From there onwards, the Tigers’ innings stuttered. All of their middle-order batsmen got into double figures, but no one could carry on. Mominul Haque and Liton Das got into their 20s and perished. In the end, it all came down to Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
The Tigers pinned hopes on him to see them over the finishing line. He played some big shots, scored 31 runs with three fours and two sixes, but failed to save a series whitewash for Bangladesh. Cornwall was the star performer as he got four wickets. Warrican and Brathwaite got three wickets each.
Here’s how the netizens reacted:
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 14, 2021
No Holder, No Roach (second Test), No Darren Bravo, No Dowrich but West Indies won the Test series 2-0 in Bangladesh. Remarkable effort.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 14, 2021
meanwhile an acrobatic catch at slip by rahkeem cornwall (yup!) has given west indies a 2-0 series win bangladesh #BANvWI
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) February 14, 2021
First time Bangladesh have lost both Tests in a home series since ….
West Indies beat them 2-0 in 2012/13!!!
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 14, 2021
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 14, 2021
West Indies won the Second Test match and also Won the Test Series by 2-0 Margin. What a Test Match and What A Win by West Indies. Incredible Performance. Star of the match is Rahkeem Cornwall. Well done, West Indies. #BANvWI pic.twitter.com/Hod97F1u7S
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) February 14, 2021
— Abhishek (@abhishekr2502) February 14, 2021
YES!!!!!!WEST INDIES MAN!!!!! YES!!!!! WHAT!?!?!?!? And people have the AUDACITY to talk About that state of test cricket as if 4 of the GREATEST INNINGS didn't just happen in the last 2 years! As if teams AREN'T doing the impossible! As if bowlers now…mxm whatever #BANvWI
— Mthoko Ntshingila (@Mnchingy10) February 14, 2021
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) February 14, 2021
This inexperienced @windiescricket team achieved something that hasn't been done by stronger teams earlier, fantastic series victory against @BCBtigers, they've unearthed new stars for the future, unexpected & unheralded, just like SL beating SA at their home 2 years ago. #BANvWI
— Anshuman Nath (@AnshumanNath) February 14, 2021
— Satwik ⭕ (@satwikmufc) February 14, 2021