Ramdin: Tamim's dismissal was the key

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West Indies captain Dinesh Ramdin was delighted with his side's whitewash over Bangladesh in the Test series, winning the second game on day four in St Lucia, and pinpointed Tamim Iqbal's dismissal as the crucial moment.

West Indies captain Dinesh Ramdin was delighted with his side's whitewash over Bangladesh in the Test series, winning the second game on day four in St Lucia, and pinpointed Tamim Iqbal's dismissal as the crucial moment.

The Windies had set the Tigers a target of 489 runs to win, but more importantly left them nearly two days to survive. After losing two early wickets, Tamim and Mominul Haque put on a century stand to steady the ship.

They looked headed for day five, but Suleiman Benn struck to remove Tamim for 64 and break that stand, and from there the wickets tumbled and they went from 158 for three to 192 all out, with Benn taking five.

Ramdin was relieved by Tamim's departure, saying: "We were trying to keep the run rate down and trying to create the opportunity but we didn't take that chance.

"We also tried to switch the bowlers around, and make them hit Benn against the breeze. He [Tamim] tried that and it came off for us.

"It was a very good batting pitch, still. Going into the fifth day, it could have gone either way with wickets in hand. But it becomes very difficult for a new guy coming into bat here and get a start."

The skipper then went on to praise Kraigg BRathwaite and Shiv Chanderpaul, who piled on the runs in both games, as well as other key players: "Those two stood out throughout the series for us.

"Kraigg's double-century and Shiv didn't get out in the series. They batted and batted, and took the opposition out of the game. It was an all-round team effort. Leon Johnson coming in for his first Test, he batted really well.

"Roach bowled exceptionally well in the first innings, and Sulieman Benn put up his hand in the second innings and he bowled long overs so he got the result he wanted."

Chanderpaul was more pleased with the side's win than his 30th Test century, saying: "I obviously feel great, winning the Test match was the most important thing.

"It was our aim from the beginning, get as much as we can from the first innings and see where we go. As a batter, you can't think about getting out. You have to think about coming to bat the next day.

"I was trying to maintain that and hopefully I can carry on wherever I go."

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