Kyle Mayers hit a double hundred on Test debut as his 210 didn’t help the West Indies chase 395 runs.© AFP
Kyle Mayers of the West Indies had a test debut to remember and one for eternity when he hit an unbeaten 210 in the fourth innings of the first Test against Bangladesh at Chattogram and his squad helped chase a massive 395 runs with three wickets in hand to win the Test in the final session on Day 5. The West Indies were in trouble at 59 for 3 at one point, but Mayers teamed up with Nkrumah Bonner to add 216 runs for the fourth wicket to to revive the West Indian innings. Mayers brought his 100 of 178 balls and the double hundred of 303 balls.
West Indies’ 395 is the fifth highest successful pursuit in Test history and the second highest for the Caribbean team. It is also the highest successful car chase in Tests in Asia.
Mayers’s 210 is the fifth highest score by a Test debutant, with England’s Tip Foster’s highest score being 287 against Australia in 1903.
Mayers finished with 20 fours and seven sixes in his innings as he also held the record for a debutant’s highest score in the fourth innings of a Test game.
The West Indies lagged for most parts of the Test when Bangladesh hit 430 in their first innings before ejecting the visitors for 259.
Bangladesh then declared its second innings at 223 for 8, giving the West Indies an unlikely 395 runs to win.
And when Mehidy Hasan ran through the top of the West Indies and fired skipper Kraigg Brathwaite for 20, John Campbell for 23 and Shayne Moseley for 12, the visitors were in all sorts of trouble.
However, debutant Mayers and Bonner had other plans when they took the West Indies to lunch at 197 for 3 and then to Tea at 266 for 3.
The final session saw the West Indies accelerate and go for glory.
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