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Recent Match Report – Bangladesh A vs India A 1st Unofficial Test 2022/23

India A 120 for 0 (Jaiswal 63*, Easwaran 53*) lead bangladesh a 112 (Mosaddek 63, Saurabh 4-23, Saini 3-21) with eight runs

Navdeep Saini and Mukesh Kumar helped India A with the opening day honors in the first unofficial Test against Bangladesh A at Cox’s Bazar.
Brought to bat, Bangladesh A was shot out for 112 with Saini and Mukesh taking five of the top six. That the hosts recovered somewhat from 63 for 6 to cross three figures was mainly due to Mosaddek Hossain’s 63.
It wasn’t just India A’s fast bowlers that impressed. Saurabh Kumar, the left arm spinner, raced through the lower ranks to finish with 4 for 23. The achievement is significant as Saurabh could potentially stay back to be part of the test team if Ravindra Jadeja were found unfit for the two-game series later next month.
With the bat, India A’s openers didn’t seem to be in trouble, galloping past Bangladesh A’s total to finish Day 120 without a loss. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s strong first-class initiation got even better as he went unbeaten on 63, with the opportunity to stage a sixth first-class century in his eighth match. On the other hand, Abhimanyu Easwaran, now an India A veteran, was 53 not knocked out.

It was Saini who drew first blood early on when he bowled clean Mahmudul Hasan Joy, one of eight Test caps in Bangladesh’s A side, with a pitch that swung late and beat the perimeter. Mukesh then had top scorer Zakir Hasan in the just concluded NCL first-class competition trailing before bowling cleanly Mominul Haque, who misjudged a nip-backer from around the stumps.

Mominul’s dismissal could be some cause for concern in the Bangladesh camp as it was his first defeat against an overseas team since being dropped from the Test side in the West Indies earlier this year.

Saini wasn’t ready yet. He caught Najmul Hossain Shanto at third slip, before captain Mohammad Mithun carelessly chased a wide. At that time Bangladesh A was 26 for 5.

Mosaddek revived the innings with a half-century of courtesy six fours and three sixes, and after becoming the eighth batter to be dismissed, the hosts managed to add just four more to their run to fold to 112.

India A’s openers were quick in the thick of the action as they calmly posted half-centuries. They reached a total of 14 borders, while the likes of Khaled Ahmed and Taijul Islam battled for consistency. Mohammed Mithun, the captain, also tried four overs from both Nayeem Hasan and Mosaddek, but to no avail.

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