DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) — Sheldon Cotterrell led purposeful bowling from the West Indies Sagicor High Performance team to give them the early upper hand in their tour match against Bangladesh-A yesterday.
The burly Jamaican left-arm fast bowler grabbed 4-15 from 9.1 overs, as the A-Team, choosing to bat, were dismissed for 199 in their first innings just before the close on the opening day of the four-day match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Jomel Warrican, a left-arm spinner from Barbados, supported with two for 32 from 17 overs and Guyanese Veerasammy Permaul, another left-arm spinner, took two for 57 from 28 overs, as several A-Team batsmen — led by Mominul Haque with 50 — got starts without carrying on.
Openers Andre Fletcher, not out 13, and Trevon Griffith, yet to score, then negotiated two tricky overs to carry the Sagicor HPC to 14 without loss before stumps were drawn.
Cotterrell and new-ball partner and captain, Carlos Brathwaite, kept things extremely tight very early, but Permaul made the initial breakthroughs when Imrul Kayes played back and across and was bowled for six, and fellow left-hander Nasiruddin Faroque was lbw for 16 offering no stroke, leaving the A-Team 27 for two.
The emerging West Indies players, however, failed to make any further inroads in the morning period, as Mominul and his captain Raqibul Hasan carried the score to 82 for two at lunch.
After the interval, Raqibul was run out for 32, following a third wicket partnership of 73 with Mominul, whose half-century soon followed from 79 balls with two runs off Warrican before he was caught behind off the same bowler from the next delivery. It ended an innings which contained seven fours and one six, leaving the A-Team 119 for four.
Following a long period of attrition, Warrican added the scalp of Anamul Haque, caught in the deep for 15 by Brathwaite from a skier, as the A-Team reached 153 for five at tea.
After the break, Jermaine Blackwood had Forhad Hossain lbw for 15, but Naeem Islam made 30, and was the glue that kept the lower order together before Cotterrell returned to wipe him and the tail away with a lethally accurate spell.