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Bangladesh A on the verge of follow-on

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  • 1 June, 2023 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh A on the verge of follow-on
Bangladesh A batsman Nurul Hasan Sohan (left) plays a shot during the second day of the third unofficial Test against West Indies A in Sylhet on Wednesday. –BCB PHOTO

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Bangladesh A team batters demonstrated a poor batting performance on the second day of the third and final unofficial Test against their West Indies counterparts at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

The hosts finished at 157-7 in their first innings at stumps replying to West Indies’ first innings total of 445 runs. Bangladesh A team are still trailing by 288 runs and they need 139 runs more to avoid follow-on.

Test probables Mahmudul Hasan Joy (nine), Mominul Haque (five) and Zakir Hasan (29) all failed to make their marks as Bangladesh were reduced to 66-3 during their first innings. Yasir Ali (nine) and Shahadat Hossain (three) also failed to live up to the expectations. 

Saif Hassan and Nurul Hasan Sohan scored 32 and 28 runs respectively but wickets continued to fall from both ends as Bangladesh found their back against the wall at the end of the second day’s play.

Anderson Phillip and Kevin Sinclair took two wickets each for the visiting side.

Earlier on the day, Sinclair struck 60 off 122 balls while Akeem Jordan made 47 runs as West Indies A posted a massive first innings total after they resumed on 320-6.

Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed took two wickets on the second day to finish with a bowling figure of 5-133 while Mahmudul and Shoriful Islam (2-80) took the remaining two wickets of the West Indies innings.

The hosts are currently trailing the series by a 0-1 margin after they lost the second match by three wickets at the same venue. The opening four-day match earlier ended in a draw.   

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the BCB security team ejected a fan from the venue on the same day after he was alleged to shout racist remarks towards a Caribbean cricketer.