Shuvo, Rasel stifle WI A
Sohrawordi Shuvo's four-wicket haul was the perfect foil for Syed Rasel's opening burst that propped Bangladesh A on the opening day of the second and final unofficial Test against West Indies A at BKSP in Savar yesterday.
Deciding to bat first, the visitors were 230 for seven from 84 overs after a one-hour delay due to overnight rain. Bangladesh A had one of their best days of the last month as they kept the West Indians tied down throughout the day.
Left-arm paceman Rasel struck in the day's second ball when he had Omar Phillips caught by Farhad Hossain for a duck. He followed that up with the wicket of the other opener Justin Guillen for 15.
One-drop Kirk Edwards and skipper Travis Dowlin resurrected the innings somewhat before both fell to the left-arm spin of Shuvo, in the space of 25 balls after adding 49 for the third wicket.
That brought in-form Chadwick Walton to the crease and he, along with Brendan Nash, made sure the West Indians recovered well from 74 for four when they came together. Nash and Walton added 106 for the fifth wicket with both reaching half-centuries, but it ended when the wicketkeeper-batsman became Shuvo's third victim. Walton's counter-attacking 70 came off 95 balls and included seven boundaries and three sixes.
Shuvo picked up his fourth, that of Imran Khan, and took the catch to dismiss Shane Shillingford that gave Rasel his third wicket.
But Bangladesh A could not remove the Australian-born Nash who remained unbeaten on 74 along with Gavin Tonge.
Nash's 169-ball innings contained just six boundaries but it made sure West Indies A still had three wickets in hand, coming into the second day.
Apart from the day's two heroes, Mahmudul Hasan bowled a good 19-over spell, although he went wicketless.
SCORES IN BRIEF
WEST INDIES A: First innings 230-7 in 84 overs (Nash 74*, Walton 70; Shuvo 4-81, Rasel 3-38).