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West Indies ease past Bangladesh for 1-0 Test series lead

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Bangladesh batsman Rubel Hossain is bowled by Shannon Gabriel on the fifth and final day of the first Test match against the West Indies at Arnos Vale Sports Complex, Kingstown, St Vincent, yesterday. (PHOTOS: WICB MEDIA/RANDY BROOKS)

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — West Indies scored a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Bangladesh to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series at Arnos Vale here yesterday.

Pacers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel grabbed two wickets each to snuff out Bangladesh's hopes of prolonging the fifth day, as the visitors, resuming on 256 for five, were bowled out for 314.

West Indies openers Chris Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite steered their side to the 13 runs needed for victory in fine style well before the scheduled luncheon interval.

Bangladesh resumed their second innings trailing West Indies by 46 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim, 70 overnight, in sight of his third Test century.

Rahim tried to hold the Bangladesh innings together reaching triple digits, while also leading the fight to save his side from an innings defeat.

His 116 was the innings of his life with 15 fours and a six that ended when he was caught by Darren Bravo attempting to hit Roach over midwicket.

He survived four chances in his 243-ball innings — dropped by Darren Bravo, Jerome Taylor and twice by Chris Gayle.

The Bangladesh middle-order batsman never got the support he required except for Mahmudullah, who also scored a hard-fought 66.

The visitors started the day positively with Nasir Hossain dispatching Jerome Taylor's full toss to the boundary and finding the boundary again three overs later off Roach.

However, Bangladesh's hopes of a fight ended when Roach terminated the 42-run six-wicket stand between Mushfiqur and Nasir, which had taken Bangladesh through a difficult period late on the fourth day.

Gabriel ran in from mid-on to complete a simple catch near the non-striker's end as Nasir went for 19, which included three fours.

Roach was effective in the morning session picking up two wickets to finish with a four-wicket haul, while Gabriel picked up two cheap wickets.

In another disappointing performance, Bangladesh lost five wickets for the addition of 58 runs, and the last four batsmen went back to the pavilion without scoring.

West Indies lead the series one-nil with the final Test due to start on Saturday at the Beausejour playing field in St Lucia.