(CMC) – Captain Kraigg Brathwaite said he was keen to assess the bowling group’s progress in today’s day of their three-day tour game, after the batsmen turned in an inconsistent performance here yesterday. Only Brathwaite, with a top score of 85, managed to pass 50 as West Indies, opting for batting first, were dismissed for 257 in their first innings.
With the first Test scheduled to begin next Wednesday, Brathwaite said it is important that bowlers also have the opportunity to put their plans into action. “(On) day two we will be bowling now and seeing how the guys go around the different schemes we have, and obviously going forward will be good to see,” the experienced opener the next day said the MA Aziz Stadium.
“I look forward to the challenge tomorrow. Obviously the BCB team is familiar with these conditions so once we come to stick to our plans …, we should be in a good position. “West Indies sent eight overs down towards the end of the day’s play with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI finishing 24 at no loss. Brathwaite batted for nearly 2-½ innings and faced 187 deliveries, holding the Caribbean side’s batting together following a middle-order collapse, he put on 67 for the first wicket with John Campbell (44) and another 43 for the second with Shayne Moseley (15) before four wickets fell for 21 runs to leave the inning at 131 for five, however, Brathwaite again came to his side, posting 34 for the sixth wicket with Joshua Da Silva (20), 53 for seventh with Kyle Mayers (40) and 30 for the eighth with tailback Alzarri Joseph (25) The 28-year-old said that while the pitch offered no excessive turns, it had been low and slow and meant concentration had been particularly important.
“I wouldn’t say (the conditions) were difficult. I thought the guys bowled well, ”Brathwaite explained. “Also the pitch was a bit slow and low to be honest so you had to watch the ball (for a long time). “I just made sure I had solid protection and made sure I trusted him throughout the whole pubs, used my feet on some occasions and when (played) back – as the bounce was low – I decided no I would come up too early. ”With West Indies hit with the withdrawal of five front-line batters for the series, Brathwaite will be responsible for scoring a run and the right-wing said his beating has been crucial in his preparation. “I was happy with the time I spent in the middle. I have to keep working hard, ”he said.
WEST INDIA first Innings
K. Brathwaite lbw b Khaled Ahmed 85
J. Campbell c Towhid Hridoy b Shahadat Hossain 44
S. Moseley b Rishad Hossain 15
N. Bonner c wkp. Nurul Hasan b Khaled Ahmed 2
J. Blackwood c Yasir Ali b Rishad Hossain 9
K. Hodge c Rishad Hossain b Khaled Ahmed 0
J. Da Silva c Rishad Hossain b Hassan stands 20
K. Mayers b Rishad Hossain 40
A. Joseph c Khaled Ahmed b Rishad Hossain 25
K. Roach not out 5
S. Gabriel c Islam Mukidul b Rishad Hossain 4
Additions: (b3, lb3, nb2) 8
Total: (all out, 79.1 overs) 257
Wicket fall: 1-67, 2-110, 3-115, 4-128, 5-131, 6-165, 7-218, 8-248, 9-248.
Bowling: Khaled Ahmed 21-5-46-3, Islam Mukidul 14-5-36-0, Shahin Alam 8-0-39-0, Shahadat Hossain 5-1-29-1, Rishad Hossain 23.1-3-75- 5, Hassan stands 8-1-26-1.
BANGLADESH CRICKET BOARD XI 1st innings
Hassan stands out 15
Shadman Islam not out 3
Additions: (b-4, nb-2) 6
Total: (no loss, 8 overs) 24
Bowling: Roach 3-2-5-0, Gabriel 4-2-9-0, Cornwall 1-0-6-0.
Position: BCB XI trial by 233 runs with all 10 first innings wickets intact.
Toss: West Indies.