Fast bowler Akeem Jordan and off-spinner Kevin Sinclair shared four wickets to give West Indies “A” an early edge against Bangladesh “A” in the second “Test” on Tuesday – but adverse weather again cut short play.
Jordan has so far taken 2-24 from 11 overs, and Sinclair backed up admirably with 2-37 also from 11 overs, as only 49 overs were possible on a rain-affected first day. Bangladesh reached 175-5 in their first innings at the close.
Afif Hossain led steady batting down the order for the hosts with 37, Saif Hassan made 31, Shahadat Hossain was not out on 28, and Irfan Sukkur scored 21.
The West Indies had early success when Jordan got opener Zakir Khan caught behind for 18 in the fifth over, and the hosts endured a further setback when their captain Shadman Islam retired hurt on 11 with his side on 54-1 in the 12th over.
Sinclair struck twice in the space of 11 balls when he bowled Mohammad Naim for five and trapped Saif leg-before and had the home team in trouble on 73-3. But the visitors were frustrated when Shahadat anchored two tidy partnerships to add some stability to the home team’s innings, putting on exactly 50 for the fourth wicket with Afif and 36 for the fifth wicket with Irfan.
Sinclair said: “Today went well for me. I was confident … yesterday I was hitting the areas (in the nets) and today it continued quite well. I will be looking for more tomorrow. Compared to the last pitch, that one was a bit slower, but this one is offering more for my style of bowling, so I’m am looking forward to what’s ahead.”
Jordan trapped Afif leg before, and pacer Anderson Phillip got Irfan caught at mid-off off the leading edge before bad light stopped play early.
Before the match West Indies “A” made two changes, bringing Phillip and Kacey Carty into the line-up for left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie and leg-spin bowling batsman Yannic Cariah.
Due to the rain on the opening day, play will now start earlier on the second day. First ball is 9:45am local time (11:45pm Tuesday Eastern Caribbean/10:45pm Tuesday Jamaica)
The three-match series is level 0-0 after the opening contest ended in a draw last Friday. (CWI)