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Kyle Mayers debut double century lifts West Indies to historic Test win in Bangladesh

Kyle Mayers became the first player in 144 years of Test cricket history to score a double hundred on debut and that too in the fourth innnings.

By: Reuters |
Updated: February 7, 2021 4:46:27 pm
Kyle Mayers' incredible 210 guided the West Indies to a three-wicket victory over Bangladesh. (Windies/Twitter)

Kyle Mayers made an unbeaten double hundred on his test debut to help West Indies snatch an extraordinary three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test on Sunday.

Hosts Bangladesh declared their second innings on 223-8, setting West Indies a daunting victory target of 395 in Chattogram, and the touring side completed the fifth-highest successful run chase in Test history.

Mayers added 216 runs with Nkrumah Bonner (86) to turn the match on its head and took a single off spinner Nayeem Hasan to seal a fairytale victory for a second-string West Indies side led by Kraigg Brathwaite.

Mayers, a 28-year-old left-handed batsman from Barbados, remained unbeaten on 210, including 20 fours and seven sixes, and became only the sixth player to score a double hundred in the fourth innings of a test.

West Indies sent a weakened squad to Bangladesh after several players, including test captain Jason Holder, opted out of the tour citing COVID-19 concerns.The second and final Test starts in Dhaka on Thursday.

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