Top 5 upsets in Test cricket in the last 20 years

Kushagra Agarwal

#4 Bangladesh beat West Indies by 95 runs at Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingston

Bangladesh won the 2009 series of West Indies

In most unusual circumstances, the Caribbean team wore an entirely different look as the West Indies Cricket Board had to field a second string squad after their fallout with the West Indies’ Players Association, leading the first choice team players to go on strike. Nine of the 15 member West Indies squad had never before played a test.

In the first Test at Kingstown, played between 9-13 July, Bangladesh batted first, managing just 238 in their first innings with none of their batsmen able to convert starts. The home team replied with 307 runs with 94 coming off the bat of debutant Omar Phillips. Tamim Iqbal’s masterful 128 in the second innings helped the visitors to 345, posting a target of 277 for the hosts.

David Bernard’s second half-century of the match went in vain as Mahmudullah’s five-for helped the Bangla Tigers to clinch their first victory overseas.

In the second Test played at St. George’s, West Indies were put in to bat, folded for 237, courtesy the spin trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Enamul Haque Jr. who combined to pick up 9 wickets.

Kemar Roach’s excellent spell of 6-48 ensured that the visitors did not get the first innings lead as they fell short by five runs. Shakib then picked up five wickets in the second innings leaving Bangladesh with 214 runs to achieve their first overseas series win. The made history by winning the Test, riding on the back of a brilliant 96* from just 97 deliveries by Shakib himself.

The 22-year-old Shakib was awarded the Man of the Series for his all-round performance which helped his team to a historic series victory.

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