HPC draw first blood in series
DHAKA – Veerasammy Permaul built on a solid, all-round performance from Carlos Brathwaite to lead the Sagicor High Performance Centre team to an 11-run victory over Bangladesh-A in the first match of their One-day series today.
Permaul grabbed 4-29 from 10 overs to lead the Sagicor HPC’s bowling, as the A-Team, chasing 226 for victory, were dismissed for 214 in 48.5 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, despite half-centuries from Imrul Kayes and Naeem Islam.
Jomel Warrican supported well with 2-28 from 10 overs and Brathwaite followed up a half-century for the visitors with 2-42 from seven overs. The result gave the Sagicor HPC a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, which continues on Sunday at the same venue.
Brathwaite, the visitors’ captain, had led the way for his side with four fours and two sixes in 64 from 78 balls, as they were bowled out for 225 in 48.2 overs. Kyle Hope made 44 and Jermaine Blackwood added 30, but the emerging West Indies players scored in fits and starts, as leg-spinner Marshall Ayub finished with 4-21 from five overs and teenager Taskin Ahmed 2-37 from 5.2 overs.
The Sagicor HPC team were then put under pressure when Imrul and Anamul Haque batted with enterprise early against the new-ball pair of Jason Dawes and Danwley Grant. But Brathwaite triggered a top-order slide, when he removed Anamul caught close to the wicket for 12 and Shahriar Nafees caught behind for a duck in the space of three deliveries in his first over.
Dawes followed up, when Bangladesh-A captain Raqibul Hasan was caught behind for a duck next over, leaving the hosts 32 for three in the seventh over.
Four wickets – three to Permaul – for 12 runs in the space of the 39th and 43rd overs virtually handed the Sagicor HPC the match, although Naeem threatened with a vigourous rearguard action before Permaul ran him out in the penultimate over for 52 which contained just two fours from 67 balls. (windiescricket)