Bridgetown, Barbados:Tamim Iqbal hit 72, as Bangladesh drew the opening match of their tour of the Caribbean against West Indies-A on Sunday.
Tamim struck nine fours from 153 balls in close to 3-1/2 hours, as the tourists, trailing by 53 runs on first innings, reached 233 for five in their second innings when the match drew to a close on the third and final day at Kensington Oval.
After suffering a batting collapse in the first innings, Bangladesh used the second innings to gain some valuable practice at the crease ahead of the first Test against West Indies, starting on Thursday at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St. Vincent.
Raqibul Hasan was not out on 49, Imrul Kayes scored 44 in an opening stand of 123 with Tamim, and Shakib Al Hasan made 33, after the tourists needed just five balls into the day to bring the A-Team's first innings to a close on 248.
Barbadian off-spinner Ryan Austin, the leading bowler in the West Indies domestic first-class competition, ended a memorable match with four wickets for 65 runs from 27 overs.
The lanky Trinidad & Tobago-born Austin enhanced his claims for a place in the West Indies squad, when he ended with match figures of nine for 136. Bangladesh play two Tests, three One-day Internationals, and a Twenty20 International on their five-week tour of the Caribbean.
Bangladesh: 195 (Mohammad Ashraful 50, Junaid Siddique 29, Raqibul Hasan 26, Tamim Iqbal 23, Imrul Kayes 21, Mashrafe Mortaza 20; Kemar Roach 17-3-62-5, Ryan Austin 22.5-6-71-5) and 233 for five (Tamim Iqbal 72, Raqibul Hasan 49 not out, Imrul Kayes 44, Shakib Al Hasan 33; Austin 4-65)
West Indies-A: 248 (Devon Thomas 105, Sewnarine Chattergoon 50, Kevin McClean 21; Shahadat Hossain 3-54, Shakib Al Hasan 3-72, Mahmudullah 2-22, Mashrafe Mortaza 2-39)