WATCH LIVE: WI U-19 v BAN U-19
Guyana Chronicle article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Both West Indies and Bangladesh Under-19 teams will be looking for a series lead tonight at the conclusion of their third match of their seven-match series at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, after they shared the first two equally.
West Indies won the first encounter, which, like today’s match, was a day/night affair at the same venue, by six wickets last Monday, before Bangladesh rebounded to take the second one by 63 runs at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground two days lafer.
While the Windies will be without the services of Brandon King, who picked up a hand injury during training and is on his way back to Jamaica to continue his rehabilitation work, they will be bolstered by the inclusion of 17-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman Nicolas Pooran.
Certainly, he will be taking over the glove work from Tristan Coleman for this fixture which bowls off at 13:30hrs today, but of more concern to the Windies coach Roderick Estwick is the line and length of his fast bowlers, who were erratic in the second fixture where they give away 26 wides, coupled with four no-balls.
It was a vast difference from the bowling they displayed in the first game, where they kept the Bangladeshis under a tight lid, backed by the spin of skipper Ramaal Lewis and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai.
Added to that, Jeremy Solozano, who led the team for the second game, and Tagenarine Chanderpaul are the lone players in the Windies Under-19 lineup who have first class experience, prior to Pooran joining the squad.
But on Wednesday, they seemed at sea against the spin of Bangladesh’s Mehedi Hassan Miraj, Musaddek Hossain Saikat and their team’s chief destroyer Javed Rahuttul, on a pitch that was offering tremendous assistance to the spinners.
How they fare today on a Providence track which is normally slow for the second innings is a question only they can answer, since their inability to get the ball away, even though they posted 70 for the second wicket, left the other batsmen with a high scoring rate in order to achieve a win.
Leroy Lugg had a good score in the first encounter and should be looking to repeat that performance tonight, while Shimron Hetmyer had a fabulous start last Wednesday, but failed to capitalise even though he was given a life.
However, while the Young Windies will be looking to correct certain deficiencies, their opponents will also be looking to rectify a few of their own, mainly in the batting department.
One concern is opener Joyraj Emon, who has struggled to post a decent total at the top of the innings alongside Sadman Islam Anik, falling for 3 and 1 in the first two matches. Hopefully, he can come good today and join Anik and the middle order trio comprising Uddin Jashim, Nazmul Hasan Shanto and Musaddek Hossain Saikat, and get among the runs.
Shannon Crawford and Imran Moakan will be the umpires in the middle for this one, while Colin Alfred will execute the duties of third umpire, with former West Indies fast bowler Colin Stuart as Match Referee.