Andre Russell bowls West Indies HPC to series win


Lucas Street (Barbados), June 11 (IANS/CMC): Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell wrecked Bangladesh A with a six wicket haul to once again inspire West Indies High Performance Centre to a three wicket win. HPC now have an unassailable two-nil lead in the three-match one-day series.

Russell, bowling with pinpoint accuracy, ripped through the top and lower order batting as Bangladesh A stuttered and stumbled to 179 all out in 46.5 overs at the Windward Cricket Club here on Tuesday.

Russell, HPC's hero in Sunday's opening match with a powerful century that turned the tables against the visitors, finished with six wickets for 28 runs from 8.5 overs, which set the stage for the home side to overhaul the target losing seven wickets in the process.

A top score of 45 not out from Chadwick Walton and 40 from Ashley Nurse led the run chase for HPC, who slipped a bit but recovered to 180 for seven in 38.4 overs to seal the series.

Bangladesh A, who won the toss and elected to bat, lost their openers cheaply to Russell and plunged to 48 for three by the 15th over.

However, an enterprising fourth-wicket partnership of 67 runs between Marshall Ayueb and Naeem Islam attempted to steady the Bangladesh innings.

Ayueb scored 45, while Islam, who also scored 45, featured in two crucial partnerships aimed at rebuilding the innings.

Ashley Nurse also bowled impressively to grab two wickets for 38 runs including an important breakthrough for HPC when he had Islam caught five runs shy of his half-century.

Bangladesh A were always in trouble against the HPC attack and the lower order could not stand up to the challenge as the last five wickets fell for just 28 runs.

HPC suffered an early setback to the chase when Johnson Charles lost his wicket in the second over without scoring but recaptured the momentum when Jermaine Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner put on 51 runs for the second wicket.

HPC slipped again when they lost Bonner for 28 runs, to be precariously placed at 59 for four in the 13th over, but Jonathan Carter and and Walton brought them back on course by putting together 41 runs for the 5th wicket.

Blackwood scored 28, Nurse held the lower order together to be not out on 40, while Carter contributed 26.

The main wicket-takers for Bangladesh A were Robiul Islam (3/59), Farhad Reza (2/22) and Muktar Ali (2/35).

The third and final one day game between HPC and Bangladesh A will be played on Thursday.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh A - 179 all out off 46.5 overs (Nurul Islam 45, Marshall Ayub 45; Andre Russell 6/28, Ashley Nurse 2/38)

West Indies HPCA - 180 for seven off 38.2 overs (Chadwick Walton 45 not out, Ashley Nurse 40 not out, Jermaine Blackwood 28, Nkrumah Bonner 28, Jonathan Carter 26; Robiul Islam 3/59, Farhad Reza 2/22, Muktar Ali 2/35)

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