Oct 18, 3:15 am

Ireland Wolves face an uphill struggle after a day of toil saw Bangladesh A gain a lead of 67-runs with four first innings still intact in the first unofficial Test in Sylhet.

Sadman Islam’s chanceless century ensured the hosts remained in command of the clash, as he and Nazmul Hossain (69) shared a second wicket stand of 137 during a morning session in which the Irish went wicketless.

Stuart Thompson (1-30) and Andy McBrine (2-63) struck in quick succession in the post-lunch session, but Islam stroked 15 boundaries in his 108 to keep his team in command.

He added 69 for the fourth wicket with Yasir Ali (35), a stand ended by the impressive Nathan Smith (2-42), courtesy of a fine leg-side catch by keeper Stuart Poynter.

Islam finally perished with the hosts still 12 behind the Irish total, Thompson taking a well judged catch on the boundary off McBrine – who has bowled no fewer than 28 overs so far in the second innings.

Nurul Hasan (51*) and Mahadi Hasan (35) added 66 for the 6th wicket to take Bangladesh into a sizeable lead, before George Dockrell dismissed the latter late in the day to revive Irish spirits.

“It was a tough day for the team but we stuck to our task well,” said McBrine afterwards.

“The bowling unit showed great discipline against their batters. They’ve got a bit of a lead but if we finish them off quickly tomorrow, we’ll be right back in the game.

“There’s still a long way to go in the contest with two days left.”

Bangladesh A v Ireland Wolves,

At Sylhet International Stadium, Day 2 of 4

Ireland A 255 (74.5 overs; Simi Singh 121, A McBrine 57, S Terry 20; Ebadat Hossain 2-26, Z Hossain 2-61, Kamrul Rabbi 2-45, Mahadi Rabi 3-47)

Bangladesh A 322-6 (103 overs; Sadman Islam 108, Nazmul Hossain 69, Nurul Hasan 51*, Yasir Ali 35, Mahadi Hasan 35; Nathan Smith 2-42, A McBrine 2-63)

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