Windies lose warm-up be­hind Tamim, Sarkar cen­turies

Stabroek News - - STABROEK SPORT -

DHAKA, Bangladesh, CMC – Hun­dreds by Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar trumped half-cen­turies from Shai Hope and Ros­ton Chase, as West In­dies lost their tour match by 51 runs un­der Duck­worth-Lewis-Stern here yes­ter­day.

De­fend­ing an im­pres­sive 332 at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Pro­tisthan No 3 Ground, West In­dies found them­selves put to the sword by Tamim who struck 107 and Sarkar, who made an un­beaten 103, as the Board XI raced to 314 for six at the end of the 41st over.

Fad­ing light then forced play­ers from the field with the hosts ahead of the DLS par score.

Ear­lier opt­ing to bat, the Windies pro­duced an en­cour­ag­ing dis­play to reach 331 for eight off their 50 overs, with the stylish Hope carv­ing out a top score of 81 and Chase chip­ping in with 65.

Rookie Fabian Allen struck 48 and opener Kieran Pow­ell, 43, while in-form left-han­der Shim­ron Het­myer hit 33 and the re­turn­ing Dar­ren Bravo, 24.

Hope and Pow­ell gave the tourists a rol­lick­ing start, post­ing 101 from 92 balls to dom­i­nate the early stages of the en­counter.

While the right-handed Hope counted six fours and three sixes in an 84-ball knock, Pow­ell was more pa­tient in his 49-ball stay at the crease strik­ing three fours and a six.

Pow­ell fell in the 16th over but Hope found an ally in Bravo to add 58 for the sec­ond wicket, the ex­pe­ri­enced left-han­der fac­ing 33 de­liv­er­ies and hit­ting three fours.

Both fell within the space of 20 balls, how­ever, prompt­ing a slide which saw four wick­ets tum­ble for 17 runs, leav­ing the Windies on 176 for five in the 32nd over.

The in­nings was then lifted through key part­ner­ships. First, Chase an­chored a 39-run sixth wicket stand with Het­myer, who lashed a cou­ple of fours and sixes in a 26-ball cameo.

Then, Chase paired with Allen to add 78 for the sev­enth wicket, a part­ner­ship which put the Windies within touch­ing dis­tance of the 300-run mark.

Chase faced 51 balls and struck six fours and a six while Allen needed just 32 balls as he belted eight fours and six.

At the end, Chase and Su­nil Am­bris (10 not out) added a quick-fire 35 off 15 de­liv­er­ies to give the in­nings a rous­ing fin­ish.

The BCB XI rat­tled the Windies early as Tamim and Im­rul Kayes (27) put on 81 from a mere 54 de­liv­er­ies to take con­trol of the match. Tamim, who missed the Test se­ries through in­jury, showed no signs of lack of fit­ness as he slammed 13 fours and four sixes off 73 balls.

He added a fur­ther 114 for the sec­ond wicket with Sarkar who clob­bered seven fours and six sixes in an 83-ball in­nings.

When Chase (2-57) had Tamim stumped in the 23rd over, Bangladesh lost five wick­ets for 70 runs but Sarkar and Mashrafe Mor­taza (22 not out) added 49 off 35 balls in an un­bro­ken sev­enth wicket stand, to make their side safe.

Stroke-maker Shai Hope … top-scored with 81.

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