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Sammy expects 'bigger fight'

West Indies captain Darren Sammy expects Bangladesh to push his side even harder in the second Test at Khulna on Wednesday.

The Tigers fell 78 runs short of a breakthrough triumph on the final day of the opening Test against the Windies in Mirpur on Saturday.

Chasing 245 for a first home Test win over an established nation, Bangladesh were skittled for 167 after West Indies paceman Tino Best snared a career-best five for 24.

Sammy acknowledged the hosts played well, despite their second-innings collapse, and anticipates another tricky encounter this week as his team look to round off the two-Test series with a win at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

"Credit must go to them for the way they came out and played this match," he said. "They batted really well and had a game-plan and executed it well.

"But we always had a belief that we could get a victory, and no matter how hard they fought, we felt we could come out on top.

"I know they will take a lot of positives from this game, but so will we. It leaves the series wide open and we have seen they are not a side that will roll over, so we expect a bigger fight and hopefully we can again be victorious."

Bangladesh, who had not played a Test for 11 months heading into last week's series opener, have - despite the defeat - taken heart from the fact they recorded their highest total thanks to fine knocks from Naeem Islam (108), Nasir Hossain (96) and Shakib Al Hasan (89).

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim said: "Ahead of the Test match, our concerns were about lasting the five days, but we scored 500-plus and took a first-innings lead.

"These are big achievements. Naeem's maiden Test ton and the performance of the others are also noteworthy.

"But it is sad that we couldn't make 245 or draw the game against an attack that had given us 556 runs. I hope we start making the bowlers work for our wickets.

"If we can bring this into our game, we can do better in every Test in the future."