West Indies logged a runaway victory in their 500th Test cricket match which ended yesterday, beating the now departing Bangladesh by 296 runs on what was the fourth day of the scheduled five-day second Test played at the Beausejour Stadium Ground in Gros Islet, St Lucia.
The win capped a 2-nil series sweep for the Windies who downed the Bangladeshis by ten wickets in the first match in St Vincent,
Opener Kraigg Braithwaite who scored a memorable first Test double century and more was named Man Of the Series while 40-year-old star lefthanded batsman century-scorer Shivnarine Chanderpaul got the Player Of The Match award,
West Indies head to India next month with a three-Test series in the mix and with a 500-Test match show sheet of 163 wins, 168 losses, 168 draws and one tied Test.
In India yesterday Trinidad and Tobago world-class T20 players Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons failed to sparkle and their defending champions Mumbai Indians team were knocked out of the Champions League T20 main event, leaving them idle unless they both get deserving call-ups for West Indies duty on the regional side’s October 3rd to November 19th tour in India.
Needing to beat still unbeaten New Zealand club Northern Knights yesterday in third and last qualifier, Mumbai, beaten by Pakistan’s Lahore Lions on Saturday, had Simmons scoring 13 and Pollard, the captain, 31 in a meagre 132 for 9.
The Knights and the Lions advance to the main draw which starts today with Chennai Super Kings with West Indians Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith and Samuel Badree against Kolkata Knight Riders whose team include two more West Indians in Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.
Pollard earlier opted to play for Mumbai instead of with the Barbados Tridents whom he led to the Caribbean Pemier
League T20 a couple months ago. The Tridents are in India for the comprtition.
The Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 Boys Football team meanwhile had a close call 1-1 draw with Cuba, signing off their three-match Group campaign in the Caribbean Football Union’s 8-team championship, a World Cup start-up qualifier, unbeaten and awaiting the second-placed finisher in the other group for Friday’s semifinal return to the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
After starting 2-1 winner over Suriname and 4-nil over Curacao, TT, with CONCACAF finals 2015 qualification ticket in the bag, saved face against Cuba last night with a Josiah Trimmingham strike two minutes from full time equalising the Cubans’ tenth-minute shock goal,