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Series whitewash and innings win joy for Shakib

2nd December 2018, 16:24 by Craig Smithson

Captain Shakib Al Hasan said Bangladesh's innings win against West Indies for a 2-0 Test series whitewash is "something special".

The Windies enjoyed their home comforts back in July as they won the two-Test series in the Caribbean 2-0 and Bangladesh were looking to exact some revenge for that defeat.

And, having edged the first Test by 64 runs, the Tigers dominated the second and final showdown in Dhaka as they secured their biggest ever Test win and first-ever by an innings as the tourists were all out for 111 and then 213 in response to the hosts' 508.

Speaking after the innings and 184-run romp, a delighted Shakib said: "It's not about giving a reply. They used their home advantage, we used ours. [But] after losing like that (in the West Indies) we had a lot to prove. We have at least done that in our backyard.

"To be honest, I was very demanding because I badly wanted to achieve something. I am happy that the team management and the players also believed that we can do it."

On their first innings win, he added: "We have played over a hundred Test matches. [But] we have done it for the first time. Of course, it is something special.

"We've played against relatively weak teams and still we couldn't do anything like this. So, I think this is a great achievement.

"Before this, we hadn't whitewashed any team ranked above us, in home-conditions. In all, the series was a big accomplishment for us."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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