McKenzie (86), Chanderpaul (70*) among the runs for West Indies ‘A’ in Bangladesh

SUMMARY: West Indies ‘A’ 220-2 from 68 overs (Kirk McKenzie 86, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 70*, Alick Athanaze 35*, Raymond Reifer 26; Saif Hassan 1-14, Musfik Hasan 1-15)

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Kirk McKenzie missed out on a hundred and fellow opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul was nearing one as West Indies ‘A’ enjoyed a productive day with the bat against Bangladesh ‘A’ in Sylhet.

By stumps on a shortened day one of the first unofficial Four-Day ‘Test’, West Indies ‘A’ reached 220-2 from 68 overs, a position made possible by a century opening partnership between McKenzie and Chanderpaul.

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McKenzie, fresh off scores of 221 and 50 for West Indies Academy in the just concluded Headley/Weekes Tri-Series, extended his fine form with 86 off 124 balls (12x4s, 1×6), adding 130 for the first wicket with Test opener Chanderpaul.

Chanderpaul batted to the close, ending the day on 70 not out off 190 balls (5x4s), eyeing an eighth First-Class ton.

Raymon Reifer fell for 26 off 42 (4x4s), but another in-form batter Alick Athanaze joined Chanderpaul in an unbroken third-wicket stand so far worth 60.

Athanaze is unbeaten on 35 off 52 (6x4s). Saif Hassan (1-14) and Musfik Hasan (1-15) are the wicket-takers for Bangladesh ‘A’ thus far.

West Indies ‘A’ and Bangladesh ‘A’ will play three Four-Day ‘Tests’, with all games in Sylhet.

MATCH SCHEDULE

May 16-19: 1st ‘Test’

May 23-26: 2nd ‘Test’

May 30 to June 2: 3rd ‘Test’

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