Bangladesh A team spinners Mehedi Hasan, Jubair Hossain and Sunzamul Islam shared six wickets between them to help the hosts take command of the four-day match against Ireland A team on the opening day at Sylhet International Stadium in Sylhet on Wednesday.
Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan collected 3 for 30, leg-spinner Jubair claimed two wickets and left-arm spinner Sunzamul bagged one wicket as the visitors were bundled out for 255 in 74.5 overs despite a scintillating century by their batsman Simi Singh.
At stumps, the hosts were 38 for one with opener Sadman Islam was batting on 22 and skipper Nazmul Hossain was not out on 15 in reply to the visitors’ first innings total.
Bangladesh had their moments of control in the opening session. After Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie opted to bat first, Bangladesh’s bowlers turned in a better performance with the ball and picked up three wickets before lunch including captain Balbirnie’s wicket.
Simi Singh, who struck 121 off 159 balls, then put on 79 run for the fourth wicket with Sean Terry (20) until Terry was caught behind the stumps off paceman Ebadat Hossain. The visitors were 108 for four at that stage.
From there, it was all downhill for the Irishmen; Simi Singh kept the runs ticking over as much as he could but his partners kept disappearing at the other end.
Off spinner Mehedi, who took the place of injured Saif Hasan, showed his ability by rattling the visitors’ middle-order. Mehedi’s wickets included the prized scalp of skipper Andrew Balbirnie for 10 and centurion Simi Singh.
Simi’s innings was laced by 10 fours and four sixes.
Spinner Andrew McBrine showed some resistance at late-order by slamming 62-ball 57. He added 48 runs with Simi Singh for the ninth wicket and 38 runs with last man Nathan Smith.
Pace duo Kamrul Islam and Ebadat took two wickets apiece.
In response, the hosts had a shaky start as their opener Zakir Hasan was removed early in the third over.
After a quick fall of opener Zakir Hasan, skipper Nazmul Hossain and opener Sadman Islam finished the day without further loss.
Irish paceman Nathan Smith took the solitary wicket.