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John Campbell (second right) and Jermaine Blackwood (right), of West Indies, walk off the field ahead of Bangladesh team members after winning on the fourth day of the 1st Test at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda. Image Credit: AFP

North Sound: John Campbell smashed the winning six as West Indies needed only seven more overs to beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the first Test today.

West Indies finished on 88-3 after resuming the fourth day on 49-3 in its second innings and needing 35 more runs to clinch the series opener.

Campbell accelerated his scoring rate todayand finished the match with a six over long off against Najmul Hossain Shanto. He hit nine fours and one six in his 58 not out. Jermaine Blackwood at the other end was undefeated on 26 after the pair came to their team’s rescue with a fourth-wicket partnership of 79.

Hosts given a scare

Out-of-form Bangladesh had given the hosts a scare on Saturday, at one stage reducing the West Indies to 9-3 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

West Indies scored 265 in its first innings. Bangladesh had 103 and 245.

Bangladesh medium-pacer Khaled Ahmed, who took three wickets in 11 balls on day three, was unable to break through again. He finished with 3-27 from eight overs.

The second and final test starts Friday.