By Sean Devers
The seven-match ODI under-19 series between West Indies and Bangladesh was used as preparation for next February’s under-19 World Cup and it clearly exposed the inability of the home team’s batsmen, Jeremy Solozano apart, to play quality spin bowling.
By the time the series was done and dusted, Bangladesh had won the deciding match yesterday at Everest by 67 runs to win the series 4-3 as their spinners continued to befuddle the West Indian teenagers.
Set 169 to win after dismissing the visitors for 168, the home team collapsed to 101 all out with more than 15 overs to spare as only Trinidadian left-hander Solozano, who was left stranded on 35, looked mentally or technically equipped to handle the spinners on another track that again more suited Bangladesh.
The left-handed Sadman Anik top-scored with 48, while Wicketkeeper Uddin Jashim (33) and Skipper Mehedi Miraj (28) contributed important runs for Bangladesh who were troubled by the pace of Barbadian left- arm pacer Jerome Jones who finished with 5-24, including a hat-trick. Antiguan pacer Alrazzari Joseph (2-48) also bowled well.
Left-arm spinner Uzaman Nehad captured 5-12 from 7.5 overs while Miraj bagged 4-25 from 10 overs of off-spin as only Solozano who came to the crease in the second over and remained unbeaten at the end, showed the right temperament as wickets tumbled around him.
Skipper Ramaal Lewis (19) and Pooran (10), who got off the mark with a six and followed it up with a glorious cover-driven boundary next ball, managed to reach double figures in another disappointing batting performance by the West Indies who have lost now eight of their 13 under-19 ODIs against Bangladesh.
The game, which began 30 minutes late due to early morning rain which affected the outfield, was riddled with Umpiring errors much to the disappointment of a large and noisy working day crowd.
Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat in bright sunshine on a bald straw-colored pitch and heavy outfield and were given a solid 43-run opening partnership between Emon Joyraj (26) and Anik before Joyraj edged a cut to give Nicholas Pooran the first of his five catches as Joseph made the break-through in the 10th over.
Jashim was bowled by Lewis at 99-2 and left-arm spinner Fabian Allen removed Mossadek Saikat and Nazmul Shanto to controversial catches at the wicket before they had scored off consecutive balls, as the tourists lost three wickets for two runs to slip to 101-4.
When Anik was trapped LBW to Jones and Miraj was bowled behind his back by Joseph as he walked across his stumps, Bangladesh were in trouble on 146-6.
Javed Rahuttul (7) was caught behind by Pooran as 167-7 before Jones polished off the innings in three balls in the same over to register the second hat trick in the series following the one from Bangladesh’s leg-spinner Likhon Zubair at Providence.
Jones got rid of Rabbi Yasir for 20 and then trapped Nehad and Zubair for ducks as the visitors, on their first trip to the West Indies, lost their way.
When West Indies began their reply they quickly lost both Guyanese openers Tagenarine Chanderpaul (5) and Shemron Hetymer (6) as Miraj who opened the bowling, struck in quick succession to leave the score on 18-2.
Solozano, who appeared fortunate to survive a confident LBW shout on one, and Tristan Coleman carried the score to 32 before he (8) played a brainless shot at a time when he was required to stay with Solozano. He was taken in the deep of Nehad, who trapped Tarryck Gabriel LBW for a duck three runs later. When Miraj had the potentially dangerous Pooran LBW and Allen was bowled without scoring by Nehad, West Indies had collapsed to 51-6.
Lewis (19) and Solozano took their team to 84 before Lewis played an injudicious drive, trying to clear mid-on, and was caught by the fielder on the 30-year circle.
A shocking umpiring decision from Shannon Crawford caused the demise of Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai for four.
Motie-Kanhai edged a ball which was clearly taken on the first bounce by Yasir at slip. Yasir led the Bangladesh appeal and Umpire Colin Alfred consulted with Crawford from Square-leg who upheld the appeal despite both the West Indies team analyst his counterpart from Bangladesh, reviewing the TV replays and confirming that the ball had bounced well in front of Yasir.
They, along with the entire Media covering the game then shouted to Alfred that the ball had bounced. However Alfred indicated that it was Crawford (who ignored the calls to rescind his verdict) who had made the decision.
From 91-8 Nehad soon had Jones and Joseph, who both failed to score, bowling playing back to balls that they have been forward to leaving Solozano stranded at the other end.
West Indies will tour Bangladesh from December 2-22 for a seven match ODI under-19 series after which the West Indies World Cup squad should be selected.
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