Windies A lose openers early
North Sound, Antigua – Veerasammy Permaul did not have a bright start to his captaincy of the West Indies A Team. First he lost the toss in the opening Digicel 'Test' then he lost his two opening batsmen cheaply to Bangladesh A fast bowler Robiul Islam.
West Indies were reduced to 11 for 2 Kyle Corbin dismissed for a duck in the 2nd over and Rajendra Chandrika for 9 in the 4th over to leave the home side 11 for 2 on a unthreatening Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground pitch.
West Indies opted for a pace based attacked, including pacers Shannon Gabriel and Nelon Pascal and fast bowling all rounders Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite.
Trinidadian off spinner Sunil Narine, a late inclusion to the squad has been handed the 12th man duties for the four day encounter.
After an hour’s play West Indies moved to 75 for 2 with the Jamaican duo of Danza Hyatt on 42 and Nkrumah Bonner on 21. The pair, particularly Hyatt has looked to be positive and Hyatt dispatched Robiul for three fours in one over to keep the West Indies A score moving along at pace.
The Bangladeshi Test spinning duo of Nasir Hossain and Mohammed Sohrawordi were immediate employed in tandem by skipper Jahirul Islam but Hyatt maintained his aggressive mode. He struck Hosain for a six and a four and Sohrawordi for a cracking straight driven boundary.
Windies A XI: Veerasammy Permaul (Captain),Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Rajendra Chandrika, Kyle Corbin, Shannon Gabriel, Nelon Pascal, Danza Hyatt, Andre Russell, Devon Thomas
12th man: Sunil Narine,
Team Management: Head Coach – Hendy Springer, Assistant Coach – Stuart Williams, Team Manager – Colin Borde, Physiotherapist – Dr. Jacqui King-Mowatt, Strength and Conditioning Coach – Shannon Lashley
Bangladesh XI: Jahirul Islam (Captain), Mohammed Mithun, Zunaed Siddique, Roqibul Hassan
Robiul Islam, Mohammed Sohrawordi, Shuvagata Hom Chowdhury, Nasir Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mominul Hoque, Nur Hossain
On the bench: Shohag Gazi, Alauddin Babu Nasir Uddin Faruque,
Team Management: Head Coach – Stuart Barnes, Assistant Coach – Mohammed Saiful Islam Khan, Team Manager – Mujibul Haque, Bayjid Islam Khan - Physiotherapist
Match Referee: Vanroy Burnes
Standing Umpires: Luther Kelly and Clancy Mack
Stand by Umpire: Bernard Joseph