Mayers Miracle as Debutant Scores Double Ton in Record Test Chase

Mayers Miracle as Debutant Scores Double Ton in Record Test Chase Photo: TT
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Debutant Kyle Mayers has produced a remarkable double century to earn the West Indies an historic record-breaking three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the First Test in Chattogram on Sunday.

Set 395 to win prior to tea on day four, the West Indies produced a stunning run chase led by 28-year-old Mayers, who made an unbeaten 210 from 310 deliveries to lead them to an amazing win.

The fourth innings run chase was the fifth highest successful pursuit in Test history and the second-best in West Indies history, having recorded the best-ever in 2003 against Australia with 7-418 at St Johns.

With that history in mind, Bangladesh were the clear favourites heading into the final day after a dominant Test display where they made 430 in the first innings and skittled the tourists for 259 in reply.

Bangladesh declared in their second innings at 8-223 after captain Mominul Haques century but couldnt capitalize in a crazy final day chase.

The hosts had taken three wickets late on day four, reducing the West Indies to 3-59 before steadying to 3-110 at stumps but the pursuit still appeared highly improbable.

But Mayers, batting at five, resumed on 37no and batted all day, as they reached the target in the final session and 88th over of the fifth days play.

Mayers received good support from Nkrumah Bonner, with the pair batting through both of the first two sessions of the final day, reaching 3-266 by tea.

Bonner was eventually dismissed for a patient 86 from 245 balls shortly after tea, with Jermaine Blackwood following him back to the pavilion shortly after.

Mayers held his nerve, combining with a resilient Joshua De Silva (20) as they homed in on the target, led by the debutant.

De Silva fell after a 100-run partnership with victory in sight while Kemar Roach went for a duck one run shy of the win, but Mayers finished the job.

Mayers said post-game: “I am always a positive person. I always believe in my abilities and the team, and I always was positive. We never gave up. We always said in the dressing room that we need to keep fighting.

It’s a great feeling to be playing Test cricket. Then to go on and score a century, and then to make it a double, and then going on to win this Test.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque offered full credit to Mayers along with Bonner, admitting his side didnt find the answers.

“Mayers and Bonner played really well. We didn’t create enough chances, and our bowlers didn’t bowl enough in the right areas, he said.

But all credit goes to Bonner and Mayers who batted really well. On the last day, if the wicket was a bit more helpful for spinners, we could have created more chances, but we didn’t grab those chances.

We lost, but we got some positives. We played the first innings as a team, and we dominated first four days.

Ben somerford
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