Like the other two Asian Tests that occurred in a similar time frame, the West Indies chase began with the side needing a daunting total against Bangladesh.
While India and South Africa couldn’t succeed, an understaffed West Indies side scaled a high target on a misbehaving pitch.
West Indies came into this series with several big names missing, and after their performance in the Limited-overs leg, many would have written them off.
After struggling in the first innings, West Indies fought back in the second to ensure Bangladesh don’t get too far ahead.
They took eight wickets as Bangladesh declared for 223.
The West Indies chase didn’t get off to a great start, as they lost three wickets early, including that of their skipper, Kraig Brathwaite.
After losing early wickets, Kyle Myers and fellow debutant Nkrumah Bonner built a partnership to keep West Indies in the hunt.
They went after the spinners and went on to add 216 together.
West Indies went wicketless for two sessions, leaving them with 129 to get off the last 33 overs.
The Bangladesh bowlers were taken apart and were understaffed as well.
A thigh injury to Shakib Al Hasan prevented him from bowling in the final innings.
Shakib Al Hasan’s loss left the side with a little less experience than they would have liked.
The bowlers still fought well and managed a fightback in the final innings.
The session saw Bonner come in with aggression, but he was out LBW soon after.
The wicket gave Bangladesh an opening as Jermaine Blackwood fell soon after.
With newly found hope, Bangladesh found some spark in the field but couldn’t control the runs West Indies held on.
Come the last hour, Mayers took it upon himself to go for the big shots.
He attacked the bowlers and hit seven sixers throughout the innings, along with twenty boundaries.
West Indies picked up another two wickets with the target in touching distance but couldn’t prevent defeat.
Debutant Myers made 210 on his debut and broke many records on the way.
He helped West Indies complete the fifth-highest chase and highest in Asia.
From Bangladesh’s perspective, the team missed some crucial opportunities and didn’t use their reviews effectively.
They missed a chance to refer a decision early in Bonner’s innings, and the decision could have made a difference at the moment.
Along with the missed chances, Bangladesh missed the services of Shakib Al Hasan.
The all-rounder is making his Test comeback in this series but suffered a thigh injury, which prevented him from bowling.
While he couldn’t bowl in the second innings, the injury seems bad enough to rule him out of the second Test.
Despite the defeat, the Test saw some decent performances from Bangladesh.
Monimal Haque, looking to create his legacy as Test captain, scored a magnificent century in the second innings, supported by Litton Das, who finished with 69.
The first innings had Shakib Al Hasan making a half-century on a comeback and Mehidy Hasan making a century to get Bangladesh to 430.
The batting hit the straps, while the bowling did well in the first innings.
In the second innings, Mehidy Hasan took four wickets, while the three spinners bowled a considerable number of overs.
With West Indies completing a surprise win, the second Test may see some changes to the Bangladesh side.
They will have to find a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan, who is out injured, while the bowling combination may be discussed.