Guyana Chronicle article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Having had a chance to see the opposition on a docile Guyana National Stadium track last Monday when his side romped to a comfortable six-wicket victory, head coach of the West Indies Colts, Roderick Estwick, will certainly be putting together a combination that will continue that winning habit for today’s encounter at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.

Asked to bat first in hazy conditions in the day/night fixture, the Bangladeshis, who had demolished Guyana by 111 runs in their warm-up fixture two days before this one, crumbled for 135 against the bowling of Alzarri Joseph (3 for 30) and Marquino Mindley (2 for 15).


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There was a wicket each for Tarryck Gabriel, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, skipper Ramaal Lewis and Ray Jordan, before opener Leroy Lugg stroked an authoritative 69, along with Jeremy Solozano 27 and Tristan Coleman’s unbeaten 20, to steer the Windies Colts to 138 for 4 from 34.4 overs.

However, one concern which would be plaguing Estwick, was the way his batsmen needlessly threw their wickets away when they were approaching the finish line, especially Lugg and Gabriel, who both fell to part-time bowlers.

In his first invited comment with Chronicle Sport, Estwick said he would be looking for patience from the young and energetic bunch of players, whose attitude towards work was exemplary.

After doing all the hard work at the top of the innings, Lugg gifted his wicket away, courtesy of a top edge off Nazmul Hasan Shanto with four needed for victory, while Gabriel picked out Abu Haider Rony at wide mid-on, two runs later.

“Yesterday (Monday) was an okay performance and I am not going to get too excited about it. One or two of the things we asked the players to implement they got done while there are one and two things they did not do, so there are still areas we need to improve.

“We got carried away with the process as we were approaching the win and we know we are still short as we are operating about 50% and we need to improve in a lot of areas, as we go forward in this series, and even the return one in Bangladesh later this year,” said Estwick.

The former Barbados fast bowler believes that the footage gained from the warm-up game against Guyana, coupled with the first match by his analyst, would serve them in good stead for the remaining six matches.

“We got some footage. Our analyst was kind enough to go down and watch the game they played against Guyana, so we went into the game knowing of their strengths and weaknesses and obviously we would have gotten some more footage when we played against them on Monday,” said Estwick.

While he stopped short of disclosing the playing 11 for today’s encounter which will be supervised by Colin Alfred and Gyananand Sukhdeo, with Shannon Crawford as the third official, Estwick did say there will be a rotation of players since it is the management’s decision to give everyone a chance.

West Indies Squad: Fabian Allen,  Jofra Archer,  Tagenarine Chanderpaul,  Bryan Charles, Tristan Coleman, Taryck Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer,  Jerome Jones,  Ray Jordan, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King,  Ramaal Lewis, Leroy Lug, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai and Jeremy Solozano.

Bangladesh Squad: Mehidy Hassan Miraj (captain), Jashim Uddin (vice-captain), Sadman Islam Anik, Nazmul Hasan Shanto, Munim Shahriar Jummon, Yasir Ali Chowdhury Rabbi, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Abu Sarker Saeed, Joyraj Emon, Abu Haider Rony, Pradhan Rifat, Hasan Nahid, Nihad Uz Zaman, Jubair Hossain and  Ferdous Rahatul.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 19:36