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Bowlers put HPC in control

Veerasammy Permaul led the bowling effort.

KHULNA, Bangladesh – Veerasammy Permaul and Carlos Brathwaite followed up the Sagicor High Performance Centre’s ruthless batting with purposeful bowling to give their side the upper hand over the Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy in their tour match today.

Left-arm spinner Permaul has been the most successful Sagicor HPC bowler with 3-69 from 22 overs and Brathwaite supported with 2-22 from 14 overs, as the BCB Academy reached 184 for seven, replying to the visitors’ first innings total of 534 for nine declared at the close on the third day of their four-day at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.Permaul, a guest player, having graduated with the first class from the Sagicor HPC, Brathwaite, the captain, and the rest of the Caribbean side’s bowlers overcame a few BCB Academy batsmen getting starts, but failing to carry on.

BCB Academy captain Mahmadul Hasan led the way with 46, Mominul Haque scored 32, wicketkeeper/batsman Anamul Haque made 26 and opener Soumya Sarkar got 22.

This followed the Sagicor HPC using the first half-hour to extend their first innings with batting hero Kyle Hope falling for 217, when he was adjudged lbw to give Shaker Ahmed 5-115 from 27overs.

Hope struck 19 fours and two sixes from 259 balls in 405 minutes of batting before he was dismissed from the last ball of the second over of the morning.

After tail-enders Jason Dawes and Miguel Cummins putted around for another two overs, the Sagicor HPC declared before getting down to business.Cummins and Dawes, the Sagicor HPC new-ball pair, failed to scalp a wicket in their opening spells, as Sarkar and Mizanur Rahman put on 40 for the first wicket.

Brathwaite made the breakthrough in his fourth over, when he had Sarkar caught behind for 22 before Permaul removed Mizanur an over later for 18.

Permaul had Anamul caught behind after the batsmen dominated the attack for the 40 minutes he spent at the crease, as the BCB Academy reached 102 for three at lunch.

The Sagicor HPC made steady headway after the interval with Permaul having Mominul caught at slip following a 43-run fourth wicket stand with his captain before Cummins returned and bowled Shabbir Rahman for three before the first weather break.

After the rain prompted an early tea, the Sagicor HPC made further inroads, when Yannic Cariah trapped Mahmudul lbw in the fifth over after the resumption, and Brathwaite had Dollar Mahmud caught behind for nine before a second stoppage for rain.

When play resumed, the Sagicor HPC bowlers met defiance, as Shaker, not out on six, and Muktar Ali, not out on 16, batted through 12.4 overs before stumps were drawn. (windiescricket)

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