West Indies A v Bangladesh A, 1st unofficial Test, Antigua, 1st day November 6, 2011

Russell ton gives West Indies A the advantage

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West Indies A 352 for 8 (Russell 128, Hyatt 92, Permaul 5*) v Bangladesh A

Danza Hyatt and Nkruma Bonner steadied West Indies A after their openers failed, before Andre Russell, with an entertaining hundred, and Carlos Brathwaite punished Bangladesh A following a middle-order wobble. Kamrul Rabbi then struck twice towards the end of the day to limit the damage.

Medium pacer Rabbi removed Kyle Corbin for a duck and Rajindra Chandrika for 9 to reduce West Indies A to 11 for 2. Hyatt and Bonner then set about rebuilding the innings, with the former the more aggressive of the pair. Hyatt reached his 50 just before lunch, from 66 balls, and together with Bonner took their side to 100 for two at the break. They extended their partnership to 115 before Bonner was caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Suhrawadi Shuvo for 43. Two more quick wickets followed, with Jonathan Carter falling to Shuvo for a duck and Devon Thomas for 2 to Robiul Islam, leaving the visitors tottering at 131 for 5.

That brought Russell to the crease and he proceeded to play with his typical freedom, forcing Bangladesh on to the back foot. He added 58 with Hyatt for the sixth wicket before Hyatt was unfortunately run out eight short of a hundred, having struck 11 fours and two sixes in his 157-ball knock. Brathwaite, though, picked up where Hyatt left off as West Indies A continued to punish the Bangladesh A bowlers.

Such was Russell's confidence that on 98 he chose to play a reverse sweep to bring up his hundred. In all he struck 18 fours and four sixes in his 128, adding 155 with Brathwaite, who was not to be left behind,reaching his 50 from 67 balls.

Just when it seemed they would take the game away from the hosts, Rabbi struck twice in the last half-hour, first bowling Russell and then trapping Brathwaite lbw for 62 in the final over of the day to leave West Indies A on 352 for 8.

"We needed big partnerships and what we did was try to be positive and stay confident," Russell said. "I back myself because I know I have the strength to get the ball away so when they [the Bangladesh A bowlers] give me the opportunities I made use of them."

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  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    I have been looking at this WI domestic cricket scoreboard does not get posted until the next day when other countries gets live scoreboard.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Nasir Hossain is the next star Bangladeshi batsman

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Almost unbelievable; I keep expecting that it will improve. Even at the end of day two the scoreboard for day one is still unavailable!

  • kent on November 6, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Andre Russell is a very good prospect for West Indies. I have made that point in several posts earlier. He should be a regular member of the present West Indies side. He is certainly a very good fast bowling allrounder, the likes of whom we have not seen in the West Indies for many a year. He is in the mould of the great Keith Boyce and Bernard Julien. His selection in the side will allow the team many options. Selectors I beg you, pick this young man, he adds strength and vigour to the bowling attack and depth and robustness to the batting. he has also demonstrated that he is very much at home in the limited overs game. He is an excellent asset to the team!!

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2011, 21:56 GMT


  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Typical of W.I cricket! Almost an hour from the end of the second day's play and the score card for the first day has not been posted.

  • Md.Ziaur on November 6, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Well done russel for his match saving score against Bangladesh A, It could have change the score board if Hyatt or russel didn't score. Thanks to WI board to arrange this kind of tour , either it's on home ground or outside . Atlest we know our recent performed domestic stars are still capable to face international Stage & which point they must improve. Also it's help to get back our off form running national side player which they struggling with recent form . But still surprise when I see there is no spin narine , all rounder jn Mohammed , santoki are not included in the home side against ban A .please selector do not kill young star sprite in this way from any game . Thanks....

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Why should Ramdin be captain what has he done to deserve a place

  • Riad on November 6, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    I see you have been reading my posting Emanuel Cummings. That would make soooo much sense but unfortunately WICB and the selectors aren't as cerebrally gifted as we are.

    Second point why is Sunil Narine actually playing in this match?

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Get rid of Sammy, Gibson, & most of the West Indies board then we will be on the road to improving West Indies fortunes. Come on guys what are u all waiting for?

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