|Thursday, 3 June 2004|
Gallant B'desh force a draw
GROS ISLET, St. Lucia, Wednesday (AFP)
Khaled Mashud completed his maiden Test hundred and led a rearguard action to earn Bangladesh a draw on the last day of their opening cricket Test against West Indies on Tuesday.
Mashud, who came to the crease the previous evening when his side had subsided to 79 for six, batted doggedly to remain undefeated on 103 when Habibul Bashar had the privilege of becoming the first Bangladesh captain to declare in Test cricket with his side on 271 for nine in their second innings.
Left with the highly improbable, if not impossible task of scoring 336 from 29 overs to win the Test, West Indies were 113 without loss in the second innings when they gave up the ghost with Chris Gayle undefeated on 66 that helped earn him the Man-of-the-Match award and Devon Smith not out on 40.
This is only the third draw for Bangladesh since their ascension to Test cricket four years ago and it leaves the two-Test series tied 0-0. In 28 previous Tests, the visitors have earned just two rain-marred draws against Zimbabwe and lost 26 times. The second Test begins on Friday at Kingston.
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