Sinclair’s all-round efforts put WI ‘A’ in command

June 01, 2023
Kevin Sinclair
Kevin Sinclair

SYLHET, Bangladesh (CMC):

Kevin Sinclair continued to press his case as an all-rounder with his second fifty of the tour and third in his last six innings as West Indies 'A' took control of the final four-day 'Test' against Bangladesh 'A' yesterday.

The 23-year-old, better known for his steady off-spin, struck 60 - the fifth half-century of the innings - to help propel West Indies 'A' to a strong first innings total of 445 on day two of the contest at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

Sinclair then returned with the ball to claim two wickets for 51 runs, and along with fast bowler Anderson Phillip who captured two for 26, reduced the hosts to 157 for seven at the close.

Captain Saif Hassan top-scored with 32, opener Zakir Hassan got 29 and wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan chipped in with 28, but Bangladesh 'A' found difficulty stringing together partnerships and never quite settled.

Resuming on their overnight 320 for six, West Indies 'A's pressure was built by Sinclair, who lifted them past the 400-run mark in a knock which included seven fours and a six off 122 deliveries.

Unbeaten on 22 at the start, he lost Raymon Reifer before the left-hander added to his overnight 56, caught at the wicket off left-arm seamer Shoriful Islam, who took two for 80, but then frustrated Bangladesh 'A' by inspiring an 87-run partnership with Akeem Jordan, who contributed 47.

The right-handed Jordan lashed five fours and a six in a breezy 63-ball innings before he was eighth out, clipping a simple catch to short mid-wicket off off-spinner Mahmudul Hasan.

And Sinclar followed soon afterwards, missing a heave at left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed, who claimed five for 133, to be adjudged lbw on the verge of the scheduled lunch interval.

In reply, Bangladesh 'A' lost Mahmudul cheaply for nine in the ninth over of the innings, brushing a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach off Jordan.

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