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Tino fit & kicking!

Tino Best's early departure on the first day of the second Test raised concerns in the West Indian dressing room. The fact that he didn't come to bat for the visitors in the first innings made it seem like the pacer was out of the game.

However, much to the surprise of the hosts, Best took the new ball in the eighth over and ran through the batting-order. He began his spell in the second innings by bowling left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal with his very first delivery.

He then regained his composure and almost put the hosts out of the game very early in the fourth day with two quick strikes. One was a bouncer that Shahriar Nafees uncontrollably lobbed in the air and the second was an inswinging delivery that deceived the in-form Naeem Islam and uprooted his off-stump.

"I think that leave alone [Naeem's wicket] was my best. I bowled really well at him in the last three innings. I knew I was going to beat him for pace but the ball just swung back fantastically. I just got him on a little tired legs, got him bowled," said Best in the post–day press conference at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

Best, who had to leave the field during Bangladesh's first innings due to an injury, was delighted to have made an immediate impact in the second. "It is an injury that I have had since 2010 when I played county cricket. It came back on me from the Dhaka Test where I really pushed my body," said Best. "I was sure I could bowl, when I knew what sort of injury I had and I informed the coaching staff," he added.

He also believed that the fall of Shakib Al Hasan, at the end of the fourth day, shifted the momentum towards the visitors. "I think breaking this partnership in the evening was the turning point in the game. Shakib played fantastic, just [wrong] shot selection again, I think he's young and will improve," he said.

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