Da Silva praises side for series win

DA SILVA…the conditions really suited our style of play, and the conditions were just like home (Photo: Observer file)

SYLHET, Bangladesh (CMC) — West Indies ‘A’ Captain Joshua Da Silva has hailed his side for playing to their true potential in their series of three “Tests” against Bangladesh ‘A’.

The Caribbean side won the series 1-0 after the final Test ended in a draw on Friday at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, where all three matches were played.

West Indies A won the second Test by three wickets the previous Friday, and the first Test also ended in a draw one week earlier.

“The conditions really suited our style of play, and the conditions were just like home,” Da Silva said in a post-match interview after the third Test.

“The pitches had a bit of grass on it and they were good cricket pitches, and our fast bowlers were a bit better than theirs. We just took advantage of what we know, and it turned out to be a good series for us.”

Da Silva, the incumbent senior team wicketkeeper-batsman, was the top scorer in the series with 300 runs from five innings at an average of exactly 100.

Senior team opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of former West Indies Captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul, followed him with 275 at an average of 68.75.

Though Da Silva praised the pacers, Guyana Harpy Eagles off-spinner Kevin Sinclair was the leading bowler in the series with 13 wickets at 25.69 apiece.

The Barbados Pride pace duo of Akeem Jordan and Jair McAllister supported him with 12 wickets at 18.16 and 10 wickets at 20.80, respectively.

“We spoke about the brand of cricket that we wanted to play so we really set out to do it. And credit to the boys for producing a real all-round game and it ended up being a very good series for us,” Da Silva said.

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