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Bangladesh players given cash bonus

THE Bangladesh Cricket Board said yesterday it had awarded a cash bonus of US$214,000 to the national team which defeated the West Indies on Monday to clinch its first overseas test series win.

"With this win the Bangladesh Cricket Team has fulfilled the dreams and aspirations of millions," BCB President Sina Ibn Jamali said in statement in Dhaka.

Bangladesh beat the West Indies by four wickets at St Georges in Grenada on Monday to take their two-test series 2-0.

The West Indies, who lost the first test by 95 runs, fielded a makeshift side in the series after their first choice players boycotted in a dispute over contracts and payments.

The team would receive the cash payment in addition to their usual winning bonus of two million taka (US$28,500), the BCB said.

Shakib al-Hasan's fine all-round performance guided Bangladesh to a four-wicket victory in the second test match on Monday.

Al-Hasan, acting skipper in the test, struck a majestic unbeaten 96 from 97 balls and Bangladesh, after an early scare, comfortably surpassed the target of 215 with a day to spare.

The slow left-armer ended with figures of five for 70 as Bangladesh bowled out the weakened West Indies side for 209 in the morning session after picking up the final two wickets.

In reply, Bangladesh wobbled at 67 for four after fine bowling from Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy but al-Hasan and Raqibul Hasan (65) put on 106 for the fifth wicket to take the tourists close to their target.

Sammy removed Hasan with a smart caught and bowled to offer a glimmer of hope to the West Indies and he got rid of Mushfiqur Rahim in the same fashion near the end.

But Bangladesh comfortably secured just their third test win in style when al-Hasan smashed Roach for a six to finish on 96 not out.


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