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HPC in driver’s seat against Bangladesh
A solid allround performance put the West Indies High Performance Centre in a strong position against Bangladesh A at the close of the second day in the first four-day match at the Windward Island Club, yesterday. Resuming on five without loss, Bangladesh were dismissed for 140, in reply to the West Indies 292. Pacers Carlos Brathwaithe (4-45), Miguel Cummins (3-25) and Sheldon Cotterel (2-29), all proved too hot to handle. At the close, captain Kraigg Brathwaite (96) was closing in on a century in partnership with Leon Johnson (40), as the HPC ended the day on 170-2, for an overall lead of 322.
Brathwaite lost Assad Fudadin (22) after the pair put on 79 for the first wicket. First innings centurion Jermaine Blackwood fell for a duck to leave the host 80-2. However, Brathwaite and Johnson combined in a third wicket stand which has so far yielded 90 runs. Brathwaite faced 125 balls and struck 10 fours and one six in his stay at the crease while Johnson’s 76-ball knock was studded with three fours and one six. Earlier Bangladesh batsmen found the pace of the Windies quickies too much and only Muktar Ali (31), Shamsur Rahman (28) and Imrul Kayes (32) offered resistance.