Da Silva 68 unable to prevent Windies A defeat

Gros Islet – A half-century from Joshua da Silva went in vain, and West Indies A plunged to a 44-run defeat to Bangladesh A in their second One-day match on Thursday.

Asked to chase a challenging 278 for victory at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, the hosts could only muster 233 for nine off their allotted overs, with captain da Silva top scoring with 68 off 80 balls.

West Indies A looked on course to overhaul their target when they reached 155 for two in the 34th over, but they lost seven wickets for 78 to find their chase derailed.

Opener Mohammad Naim had earlier stroked 103 off 116 balls, and Bangladesh A gathered 277 for six off their 50 overs after being sent in.

The left-handed Naim struck 14 fours and a six, posting 57 for the second wicket with Saif Hassan and a further 93 for the third wicket with Mohammad Mithum, who made 28.

When Naim eventually perished in the 33rd over, Sabbir Rahman picked up the mantle, slamming a brisk 62 off 58 balls with half-dozen fours and a six.

He added 69 for the fifth wicket with Shahadat Hossain and 43 for the sixth wicket with Zaker Ali Anik.

Da Silva then led West Indies’ initial strong reply, lashing eight fours, mounting a 94-run first wicket stand with Tagenarine Chanderpaul, whose 38 needed 60 balls.

Once the pair were separated, Teddy Bishop punched 31 off 43 balls bating at three, but he was part of a middle-order collapse in which five wickets tumbled for 10, and the innings were in turmoil at 165 for seven at the start of the 38th over.

Bryan Charles countered with an unbeaten 32 off 38 balls batting at eight, but the effort came far too late to save the hosts.

The three-match series is tied 1-1.


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