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Joy ton helps Bangladesh A salvage draw

Bangladesh A eventually lost the 3-match series 1-0

Update : 03 Jun 2023, 03:10 AM

Opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy hit an unbeaten 114 as Bangladesh A saved themselves by salvaging a draw in the third and final unofficial Test against the West Indies A at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Friday.

Bangladesh A eventually lost the three-match series 1-0.

They drew the first Test, largely thanks to rain before losing the second Test, which was also a rain-affected game, by three wickets.

The result might have been 2-0 unless Joy came up with unwavering resolve in the face of some disciplined Windies A bowling.

Resuming the day on 47 for no loss and requiring 414 runs for an improbable victory, Joy showed the stubbornness that was needed to save the Test.

Joy smashed 14 fours in his 268-ball knock during which he stayed at the crease for 422 minutes as Bangladesh A closed the fourth and final day on 306/4, after being set 461 to win the encounter.

The right-hander and his opening partner Zakir Hasan put on 93 to give the side a good start.

After Zakir's departure for 43, Bangladesh A suffered hiccups as the likes of Mominul Haque (five) and captain Saif Hasan (38) were removed in quick succession.

Joy then combined for a 117-run partnership with Yasir Ali to frustrate the visitors.

Yasir, who looked compact, was out for 67 after hitting six fours and four sixes.

Accompanied by Shahadat Hossain Dipu, who was not out on 20, Joy saw off the day to salvage a draw for the home side.

Earlier, electing to bat first, the West Indies A posted 445 before being all out in their first innings.

They thereafter took a 240-run lead after bowling Bangladesh A out for 205.

Instead of enforcing the follow-on, the tourists chose to bat and declared the second innings on 220/5.

DAY 4, 3RD 4-DAYER

West Indies A 445 & 220/5d drew with Bangladesh A 205 & 306/4 in 91 overs (Joy 114*, Yasir 67)

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