Mushfiqur, Nasir lead fightback
Basseterre, St Kitts – A superb century stand between skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and allrounder Nasir Hossain rescued Bangladesh on the opening day of their three-day warm-up match against St Kitts & Nevis on Saturday.
The pair came together after tea with the visitors in strife at 186-6. They led a forthright recovery to close the day at 330 runs for six wickets on a good batting pitch at Warner Park. Mushfiqur launched a counter-attack with three sixes and has so far topscored on 82 not out. Nasir also went after the bowling and helped his captain to keep the hometown boys at bay. He will resume Sunday on 78 not out. They added 144 runs in the final session to take command.
Earlier in the day the Bangladeshis were rocked by some hostile fast bowling from Quinton Boatswain and Jeremiah Louis. Boatswain, 23, is a graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, and was specially invited from Montserrat to play in this fixture. In four sharp spells he was constantly always aggressive and ended with the impressive figures of 17-7-35-2.
He took the first wicket of Shamsur Rahman – brilliantly caught left-handed down the leg-side by teenaged keeper Jaeel Clarke. Boatswain’s second scalp was Imrul Kayes caught at midwicket off the leading edge.
Louis, tall, bustling with a jerky action, also got the ball to lift awkwardly on the flat surface. He ended the day with figures of 17-7-36-2. Both wickets came in the opening session with the new ball. He had dangerman Tamim Iqbal caught by the keeper for 20 and then produced another outswinger which Monimul Haque edged to third slip.
St Kitts & Nevis: Jacques Taylor (captain), Elvin Berridge, Shino Berridge, Quinton Boatswain, Shiv Chanderpaul, Jaeel Clarke (wicket-keeper), Tristan Handley, Javal Hodge, Shane Jeffers, Jeremiah Lewis, Shaquille Martina, Terrence Ward, Tonito Willett
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain/wicket-keeper) Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Robiul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Shuvogoto Hom
Reserve: Al Amin
Umpires: Peter Nero, Nigel Duguid