A teams neck and neck
Bangladesh A thrived on two half-centuries from Nazimuddin and Faisal Hossain to keep on a par with West Indies A on the second day of the four-day match at BKSP yesterday.
After Syed Rasel and Sohrawordi Shuvo's five-fors, Nazimuddin hit 72 and Faisal remained not out on 64 as the second string Bangladesh side scored 205 for five before stumps were drawn for the day more than an hour before the scheduled closure.
The decision to cut short the day's play was made mutually to give the West Indies A players time to attend their British Visa interviews.
Earlier the visitors were bowled out for 268 runs after resuming the day on 230 for seven.
Left-arm pacer Syed Rasel, who initiated the early damage on the first day, took two more wickets yesterday to finish with five for 59 runs while left-arm spinner Shuvo picked up the other wickets to complete his five-wicket haul for 85 runs.
Brandon Nash missed his deserved hundred by one for running out of partners as the left-hander was stranded on 99. During his 201-minute stay in the middle Nash clobbered eight boundaries.
In reply, Bangladesh A made a poor start when Nelon Pascal removed Shahriar Nafees, who hit a hundred in the first four-dayer which the home team lost by 114 runs at Mirpur, in the very first over. Nazimuddin joined Mehrab Hossain to repair the early damage associating 73 runs for the second wicket before the latter was dismissed by Shillingford for 29 runs.
Bangladesh again fell in trouble when Rokibul Hasan (4) and Farhad Hossain (1) were dismissed cheaply but Faisal and Sahagir steadied the rocking ship with a 75-run partnership in the undefeated sixth wicket stand.
Wicketkeeper batsman Sahagir was not out on 26 runs.
SCORES IN BRIEF
WEST INDIES A: First innings (overnight 230-7 in 84 overs) 268 all out in 95 overs (Nash 99 not out, Walton 70; Rasel 5-59, Shuvo 5-85)
BANGLADESH A: First innings 205-5 in 66 overs (Mehrab 29, Nazimuddin 72, Faisal 64 not out, Sahagir 26 not out; Brown 2-43, Pascal 1-27, Shillingford 1-67)