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2nd unofficial Test, Sylhet, May 23 - 26, 2023, West Indies A tour of Bangladesh
237 & 297
(T:190) 345 & 191/7

W. Indies A won by 3 wickets

Player Of The Match
2/44, 32 & 5/79

Sinclair, McKenzie give West Indies A hard-fought win over Bangladesh A

Chase got tricky as WI stuttered in the afternoon, but an experienced Da Silva took the visitors home

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
The West Indies A players celebrate the fall of a wicket, West Indies A vs Bangladesh A, 2nd unofficial Test, Sylhet. May 26, 2023

West Indies A brought their experience into play to win the game on the final day  •  BCB

West Indies A 345 (McKenzie 91, Carty 68, Sakib 4-59) and 191 for 7 (King 54, Da Silva 47*, Tanvir 4-52) beat Bangladesh A 237 (Shahadat 73, Afif 37, Jordan 5-45) and 297 (Shadman 74, Sukkur 72, Shahadat 50, Sinclair 5-79) by three wickets
Kevin Sinclair's match-haul of 7 for 123, backed up by important runs in both innings from Joshua Da Silva helped West Indies A win the second unofficial Test against Bangladesh A by three wickets in Sylhet. They now have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing 190 on the fourth and final day, it was the captain Da Silva who shepherded the chase after the visitors slipped to 70 for 5 in the afternoon. He added 76 with Brandon King, and then a 41-run unbroken eighth-wicket stand with Akeem Jordan. Da Silva was unbeaten on 47, with seven fours and a six.
King struck six fours and two sixes in his 54 off 78 balls, but when he popped a catch to Shahadat Hossain at silly mid-off, the Bangladesh A side got hope. The hosts were truly back in the game when Tanvir Islam then removed Sinclair in the same over. Da Silva and Akeem, however, kept their calm, scoring the remaining 41 runs in the following 6.5 overs.
Offspinner Sinclair was Player of the Match for his seven wickets, which included a five-wicket haul in the second innings. He took two wickets in the first innings, which Akeem dominated with his 5 for 45.
Sent into bat, Bangladesh A were bowled out for 237 runs in 65.3 overs in their first innings, with Shahadat top scoring with 73, his innings laced with ten fours and two sixes. While he was the ninth man out, the rest of the batters hardly supported him. The captain Afif Hossain cracked seven fours in his 37. Akeem's five wickets apart, Anderson Philip and Sinclair took two each, while Jair McAllister picked up one.
Kirk McKenzie top scored in West Indies A's first-innings response, making 91 with nine fours and three sixes. He added 116 runs for the second wicket with Raymon Reifer. Keacy Carty made 68 - the second highest score in West Indies A's first innings - and added 79 runs with Alick Athanaze. Then then put on another 48 runs with Da Silva for the sixth wicket as the visitors claimed a 108-run lead.
Fast bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib took four wickets while Saif Hassan took two wickets.
The hosts put up a better batting effort second time around. Shadman Islam struck 74 with ten fours, but it was Irfan Sukkur's 72 which gave Bangladesh A an important boost. He struck 12 fours in his 106-ball stay. Alongside Sinclair, Akeem and McAllister were among the wickets in the second innings.
It set up the visitors for a 190-run fourth innings chase on the final day. King, Da Silva and Akeem got them home in the final session.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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