Shakib-Al Hassan Achieves Unique Feat Against West Indies

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Shakib-Al Hassan became the first player from Bangladesh to claim 200 Test wickets and also the quickest to 200 wickets and scoring 3000 runs in Test cricket.

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Updated On:

Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib-Al Hassan scripted history after he became the first player from his country to claim 200 Test wickets and also is the quickest player to claim the dual achievement of taking 200 wickets and scoring 3000 runs in Test cricket.

The 31-year-old reached the landmark on Day 3 of the opening Test in the ongoing three-match series against West Indies in Chittagong. It was Caribbean all-rounder Keiron Pollard who became his 200th Test wicket.

Shakib has surpassed former English cricketer Ian Botham to be the fastest man to achieve this double milestone. While he did it within 54 Tests, Botham had reached the same figures in 55 matches.

Apart from this dual achievement, the left-arm bowler has also become the first Bangladesh player to take 200 wickets in Test matches. Overall, he has picked a five-wicket haul 18 times for his side in Test matches.

Riding on Shakib-Al-Hasan's brilliance, the Bangladesh team wrapped the first test on the third day, defeating the West Indies by 64 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match Test series.

However, it wasn't only Shakib who stole the limelight. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam played an important role in the victory finishing with figures of 2-30. Taijul wreaked havoc through the visitors' batting order in the Windies second innings. Chasing a target of 204, the Caribbean team were bundled out for 139 as Taijul clinched six wickets for 33.

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh resumed play on Day with a lead of 133 in the second innings. The West Indies bowlers Taijul Islam(4-26) and Roston Chase (3-18) bowled superbly to wrap up the Bangladesh innings for 125.

Chasing a tricky target, Windies batsmen crumbled against the Bangladesh bowling attack as the spinners tore apart the West Indies batting line up. It was only Sunil Ambris (43), Jomel Warrican (41) and Shimron Hetmyer (27) who were the saving grace for the visitors, while no other batsmen were able to get into the double digits. 

The second match of the Test series will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka from November 30.

(IANS inputs)

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