KHULNA, Bangladesh – Kyle Hope made hay before the rain came, plundering an impressive double hundred, as the Sagicor High Performance Centre continued their run feast against the Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy today.
The 23-year-old Hope was undefeated on 214, leading the Sagicor HPC on 521 for eight in their first innings on the second day of their four-day, tour match at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium before rain that started during lunch prompted an early close.
Hope reached his milestone from 244 balls with the last of his two sixes off Nazmul Islam and has also struck 19 fours and two sixes from 254 balls in 397 minutes.
He was the glue that kept the Sagicor HPC batting together in the face of workmanlike spells from the BCB Academy bowlers of whom Shaker Ahmed was the most successful with 4-113 from 25 overs and Nazmul 2-127 from 34 overs.
Veerasammy Permaul, a graduate from the first squad of the Sagicor HPC, made 42 and put on 93 for the eighth wicket with Hope to further dampen the spirits of the BCB Academy.
Apart from the stability of Hope and Permaul, the Sagicor HPC stumbled through the morning period, after they resumed from their overnight total of 394 for five.
Their captain Carlos Brathwaite was dismissed in the fourth over of the day for eight, falling to Shaker, who also pouched wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton six overs later for five, leaving the Sagicor HPC 421 for seven.
Permaul, the current West Indies A-Team captain, again gave solid proof of his ability with bat, gathering two fours and two sixes from 50 balls in 80 minutes.
He ushered Hope to his double hundred before Kamrul Islam Rabbi bowled him in the penultimate over before the interval.
The Sagicor HPC team is on a month-long trip to Bangladesh. (windiescricket)