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Junior West Indies cricket team not faring well in Bangladesh

Junior West Indies cricket team not faring well in Bangladesh

Junior West Indies cricket team

Bangladesh Under-19s vs West Indies Under-19s

West Indies Under-19s delivered another weak batting effort to go down by 171 runs in their second one-day warm-up game against Bangladesh Under-19s yesterday.

 

In a worrying sign ahead of their campaign in the ICC Youth World Cup next week, the Caribbean side could only muster 128 all out off 49.3 overs, in pursuit of 300 for victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

 

Keemo Paul, batting at number seven, top-scored with 25 while opener Gidron Pope hit 23, but were the only two batsmen to pass 20. The two Trinidadians on the team Gyd Goolie – he made a boundary-less ten from 26 balls and Kirstan Kallicharan, at 16, the youngest in the squad, – he made 5 from 22 balls batting at number 8. Both earned their picks on the team because of consistently impressive batting and bowling performances in home and regional youth tournaments.

 

Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed Shawon once again tormented the Windies Under-19s, picking up three for 19 while left-arm seamer Mehedi Hasan Rana claimed three for 35.

 

Seamer Mohammad Saifuddin finished with two for 18.

 

Pope and Shahid Crooks, who made 17, shared 31 for the fourth wicket to steer their side to 74 for three but once they were separated, the last seven wickets tumbled for 54 runs.

 

Earlier, Bangladesh Under-19s piled up a daunting 299 for five after opting to bat first.

 

Left-hander Pinak Ghosh stroked 109 off 135 balls with nine fours to lead the way while Nazmul Hossain chipped in with 79 and Mehedi Hasan, 54.

 

Bangladesh were stuttering at 44 for two in the 11th when Ghosh and Nazmul came together to add 179 for the third wicket – a partnership which deflated the Windies Under-19s.

 

Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph was the best bowler with two for 50.

 

On Monday, the Windies lost the opening game by eight wickets in Mirpur in another poor showing with the bat.

The final warm-up game will be played Saturday at the same venue before West Indies Under-19s play their opening game of the 16-nation Youth World Cup on January 22 in Fatullah.

The West Indies who are grouped with England, Fiji and Zimbabwe for the preliminary round have never won the Cup tournament.

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