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Mohammed, Cariah blast hundreds
Jason Mohammed and Yannic Cariah followed Evin Lewis and registered hundreds yesterday as the young T&T batters run riot against a hapless Canada on the second day of the three-day clash at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva.
A confident looking Mohammed struck 112 and Cariah an even 100, as T&T replying to the Canadians 135 all out, declared their first innings at 456 for seven – a lead of 321 runs.
At the close the Canadians reached 94 for four in their second innings – needing another 228 runs to make T&T bat again.
Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera gave them a bright opening stand of 80 runs but the T&T spinners struck late in the evening, sending back four batsmen in the space of seven runs. Off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth collected both openers Patel (32) and Gunasekera (44), while leg-spinner Imran Khan took care off Amabir Hansra (5) and left arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh snared Usman Limbada for the duck.
T&T started the day on 194 for three and immediately lost skipper Denesh Ramdin, whose off bail was dislodged by pacer Jeremy Gordon. Mohammed, the other overnight batsman was joined by all rounder Imran Khan and they took the score to 138 before Khan fell for 18.
Mohammed, growing in confidence, was joined by the left handed Cariah and it was leather chasing for the visitors after that. Mohammed batting under pressure, whilst his youngest brother Fyzodeen was on the operating table at the Sangre Grande General Hospital, played a superb innings, and show glimpses of the ability which has kept him in the minds of the West Indies selectors since his days as a youth player.
On Sunday, Fyzodeen who normally plays for the All Apaches cricket club in Barrackpore was involved in a very serious diving accident in Toco. He spent four hours under the scalpel yesterday and as soon as he recovered consciousness he asked how many runs did Jason score. Jason would have brought some sort of relief to him as he scored his first century of the season and together with Cariah, they took T&T to a position of real strength. The duo added 119 runs for the fifth wicket and batted with confidence against a tiring Canada attack.
Mohammed was severe on anything short, pulling and cutting with power and grace, while Cariah preferred the off-drive much to the delight of the handful of spectators at the central facility. Mohammed was finally dismissed caught at long-off with his score on 112. He batted for 212 minutes in which time he faced 168 balls, 18 of which he sent rolling over the ropes and one over it for six.
After his dismissal, Cariah found an able ally in Rayad Emrit and they added a further 87 runs for the sixth wicket. Cariah brought up his century in the process off 131 balls with 14 fours in 189 minutes batting. When Ramdin called in his troops to end Canada’s agony, the score read 456 for seven and Emrit was left unbeaten on 47 in 85 minutes off 38 balls with seven fours and a six.
The match enters its third and final day today beginning at 10 am.
T&T vs Canada
Canada 1st inns 135 all out
T&T 1st inns
J Guillen c Daesrath b Siddiqui 58
E Lewis c Patel b Siddiqui 101
M Barclay lbw Hansra 4
J Mohammed c Daesrath b Cheema 112
D Ramdin b Gordon 1
I Khan c Hamza b Gordon 18
Y Cariah b Siddiqui 100
R Emrit not out 47
A Jaggernauth not out 1
Extras b2, nb6, w2, lb4 14
Total for 7 wkts dec 456
Fall of wkts: 130, 155, 193, 194, 238, 357, 442.
Bowling: J Gordon 18-1-83-2, M Aulakh 1-0-6-0, A Hansra 11-3-46-1, R Pathan 13-0-91-0, J Siddiqui 17-1-94-3, R Cheema 19-5-85-1, H Patel 8-1-23-0, D Daesrath 2-0-13-0, R Gunasekera 2-0-9-0.
Canada 2nd inns
H Patel c Guillen b Jaggernauth 32
R Gunesekera c Khan b Jaggernauth 44
U Limbada c Guillen b Kantasingh 0
A Hansra lbw Khan 5
Extras b5, lb1 6
Total 4 wkts 94
Fall of wkts: 80, 81, 87, 87.
Bowling: S Gabriel 4-0-16-0, R Emrit 6-1-15-0, K Kantasingh 12-5-25-1, A Jaggernauth 13-7-24-2, I Khan 5-1-8-1.