Imrul ton rescues draw for Bangladeshis

ImrulKayes-1Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC — Opener Imrul Kayes hit his eighth first class century to rescue a draw for Bangladesh A and frustrate West Indies High Performance Centre’s victory bid, on the final day of their second four-day “Test” here Thursday.

Starting the day at Kensington Oval on 32 for three with only survival in mind, Bangladesh rebounded from a poor first session to finish the day on 242 for nine, with Imrul striking 112.

On 13 at the start of the day, the 27-year-old batted to well into the final session, to ensure the stalemate for the visitors. Overall, he lasted just over 5-1/2 hours, faced 247 balls and counted 15 fours and two sixes.

At the heart of the resistance was a stubborn 89-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Imrul and Shuvogoto Hom, who struck 39, which ensured Bangladesh A batted through the post-lunch session without losing a wicket and into the final hour of play.

Impressive left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell led the attack with four for 51 while Miguel Cummins picked up two for 49.

The result handed the hosts a 1-0 victory in the series, following a massive 351-run victory in the first match last week at the Windward Cricket Club.

With the target of 490 runs a near impossibility, Imrul and Mominul Haque set their stalls from early, in a 78-run fourth wicket stand. Mominul made just 19 but occupied the crease for 107 minutes in the morning session and faced 87 balls, before being run out off the first ball of the final over before lunch.

Two deliveries later, wicketkeeper Nasir Hossain edged seamer Carlos Brathwaite to Ashley Nurse at slip, as Bangladesh A slipped further.

On 111 for five at the interval, Imrul and Shuvogoto batted sensibly thereafter. Imrul, however, attacked when necessary, clearing the ropes down the ground with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, as he looked to punish anything loose.

He was 94 at tea, with Bangladesh on 170 for five, and brought up his century shortly afterward.

His dismissal at 200 for six saw four wickets fall for 26 runs to create a nervous finish but wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan, 13 not out, and Robiul Islam, five not out, held on doggedly.

Summarized Scores:

Sagicor HPC 1st Innings: 354 All Out (89.2 Overs). Leon Johnson 74, Jonathan Carter 54, Carlos Brathwaite* 46, Sheldon Cottrell 42; Taijul Islam 29-6-95-2, Mukter Ali 12-2-48-2, Elias Sunny 20-0-77-2, Robiul Islam 13.2-1-65-2.

Bangladesh-A 1st Innings: 219 All Out (71.5 Overs). Nasir Hossain* 53, Marshall Ayueb 41, Nurul Hasan+ 36, Imrul Kayes 21; Sheldon Cottrell 11-5-30-3, Devendra Bishoo 14-3-57-3, Ashley Nurse 19-5-57-1, Miguel Cummins 10.5-3-36-1.

Sagicor HPC 2nd Innings: 354/5 Declared (94 Overs). Jermaine Blackwood 147, Assad Fudadin 89, Leon Johnson 63*, Chadwick Walton+ 20; Nasir Hossain 16-4-52-2, Taijul Islam 23-1-62-1, Mukter Ali 13-4-40-1, Shubhagoto Hom 11-0-58-1.

Bangladesh-A 2nd Innings: 242/9 (102 Overs). Imrul Kayes 112, Shubhagoto Hom 39, Muminul Haque 19, Nurul Hasan+ 13; Sheldon Cottrell 20-4-51-4, Miguel Cummins 19-5-49-2, Carlos Brathwaite 17-8-22-1, Leon Johnson 1-0-1-0.

Match Drawn (Sagicor HPC 1-0 Bangladesh-A)

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