October 17, 2001

Bangladesh 'A' blank out CCI President's XI

Staff Reporter

While Kenya might be suffering at the hands of South Africa and India in the Standard Bank Triangular Tournament, the other minnows in international cricket, Bangladesh, did themselves proud in Mumbai. The Bangladesh 'A' team, playing a fifty overs a side match against the Cricket Club of India (CCI) President's XI team in Mumbai, won easily by six wickets.

Put in to bat at the picturesque Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the CCI XI team collapsed in a heap to 124 all out in just 38.3 overs. Led by stumper Vinayak Samant and including India leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule, the CCI XI put on a poor show save all-sounder Robin Morris. Opening the batting, Morris knocked up 76 runs in 109 balls. Striking seven boundaries and three sixes, Morris did his best to prop up the innings. The fight however was a lone one. With Bahutule making 13 at one drop, the CCI XI list of contributors came to a grinding halt. No one else made it to double figures.

Opening the bowling for the visitors, MB Mushrafee returned the excellent figures of 7-2-15-5. Bangladesh Test and ODI cricketer Mohammed Ashraful too played a useful hand with his leg-breaks, scalping 2/7 off 5 overs.

With just 124 on the board, there was little the CCI XI team could do when Bangladesh 'A' came out to bat. Ashraful was once gain in the thick of things, piloting the victory with an innings high score of 46 (53 balls, 5 fours, 1 six). Although a few quick wickets fell around Ashraful, Hasanuzzaman (25) and Khaled Mahmud (28) both remained unbeaten and took Bangladesh 'A' to victory with more than 25 overs to spare.