Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Saini, Saurabh give India A opening-day honours

India A 120 for 0 (Jaiswal 63*, Easwaran 53*) lead Bangladesh A 112 (Mosaddek 63, Saurabh 4-23, Saini 3-21) by eight runs

Navdeep Saini and Mukesh Kumar helped India A take the opening-day honours within the first unofficial Take a look at towards Bangladesh A in Cox’s Bazar.
Put in to bat, Bangladesh A have been shot out for 112, with Saini and Mukesh choosing up 5 of the highest six. That the hosts recovered considerably from 63 for six to cross three figures was primarily right down to Mosaddek Hossain‘s 63.
It wasn’t simply India A’s quick bowlers who impressed. Saurabh Kumar, the left-arm spinner, ran by means of the decrease order to complete with 4 for 23. The efficiency is critical given Saurabh might presumably keep again to be a part of the Take a look at squad ought to Ravindra Jadeja be dominated unfit for the two-match sequence later subsequent month.
With the bat, India A’s openers seemed in no bother, galloping previous Bangladesh A’s whole and ending the day 120 with out loss. Yashasvi Jaiswal‘s sturdy first-class initiation acquired even higher as he remained unbeaten on 63, with a chance of mentioning a sixth first-class century in simply his eighth match. On the different finish, Abhimanyu Easwaran, now an India A veteran, was 53 not out.

It was Saini who drew first blood early when he clear bowled Mahmudul Hasan Pleasure, one in every of eight Take a look at caps within the Bangladesh A facet, with a supply that swung late and beat the skin edge. Mukesh had then Zakir Hasan, the top-scorer within the just-concluded NCL first-class competitors, caught behind earlier than clear bowling Mominul Haque, who misjudged a nip-backer from across the stumps.

Mominul’s dismissal might be some trigger for fear within the Bangladesh camp because it was his first knock towards an abroad crew since being dropped from the Take a look at facet in West Indies earlier within the yr.

Saini wasn’t executed but. He acquired Najmul Hossain Shanto caught at third slip, earlier than captain Mohammad Mithun carelessly chased a large one. At that time, Bangladesh A have been 26 for five.

Mosaddek resuscitated the innings with a half-century courtesy six fours and three sixes, and after he grew to become the eighth batter to be dismissed, the hosts managed so as to add simply 4 extra to their rating to fold for 112.

India A’s openers have been rapidly into the thick of issues as they calmly posted half-centuries. They struck 14 boundaries in all, because the likes of Khaled Ahmed and Taijul Islam struggled for consistency. Mohammed Mithun, the captain, additionally tried 4 overs every of Nayeem Hasan and Mosaddek, however to no avail.

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