West Indies warm up with big win
KHULNA, Bangladesh – West Indies followed up powerful batting – led by half-centuries from Lendl Simmons and Devon Thomas – with steady bowling to warm-up for their limited-overs series against Bangladesh with a 118-run victory over a BCB XI on Wednesday here.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine was the most successful Windies bowler with 3-47 from his allotment of 10 overs, as the BCB XI were dismissed for 243 in 49.1 overs on a hard, easy-paced Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium pitch.
Left-arm Veerasammy Permaul supported with 2-52 from his 10 overs and Kemar Roach collected 2-40 from eight overs, as a few BCB XI batsmen got starts without carrying on – Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque both scored 43, Marshal Ayub made 30 and Anamul Haque got 22.
The visitors will now play five One-day Internationals against the hosts with the first two taking place this coming Friday and Sunday at this venue.
The others will be played on December 5, 7 and 8 followed by a Twenty20 International on December 10 at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.
Simmons had struck 12 four and two sixes in the top score of 84 from 81 balls and Thomas smoked five fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 61 from 43 balls, as West Indies, choosing to bat, plundered 362 for seven from their allocation of 50 overs.
The Windies new-ball pair of Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul then kept things on the tight side early, but Imrul and Anamul put on 63 for the first wicket before Andre Russell made the breakthrough in the 15th over.
Russell had Anamul caught at third man, triggering a period of instability in the BCB XI batting, as they slid to 95 for three in the 21st over.
West Indies were held up, when Ayub joined Mominul and put on 71 for the fourth wicket before Roach swung the match decisively.
The West Indies pacer bowled Ayub in the 34th over and the home team soon slumped to 180 for the seven in the 38th over.
Earlier, Simmons stamped his authority from the start. He dominated the first two partnerships, putting on 68 with fellow opener Kieran Powell for the first wicket and 81 with Dwayne Smith for the second wicket.
Simmons was fortunate on 23, when BCB XI captain Jahurul Islam dropped him at mid-on off Farhad Reza before the same bowler was rewarded with the scalp of Powell, bowled playing across a well-disguised slower delivery, in the 10th over.
Simmons gathered a leg-side single off Elias Sunny to reach his 50 from just 42 balls and continued to indulge himself, launching Enamul Haque Jr for back-to-back sixes in the 12th over, and Sunny for consecutive fours in the 19th.
He was bowled in the 24th over, when he swung and missed a delivery from part-time leg-spinner Ayub, who also bowled Smith for 30 two overs later.
A stand of 61 between stand-in captain Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo kept West Indies on the charge, but they were dismissed for 44 and 31 respectively, as the visitors lost three wickets for 37 between the 33rd and 38th overs.
Thomas led the lusty hitting from the lower-order batting and put on 46 with Permaul before Narine joined him to wind up the innings with an unbroken 61 from just 46 balls for the eighth wicket.
WEST INDIES (maximum 50 overs)
L. Simmons b Marshal Ayub 84
K. Powell b Farhad Reza 34
D.R. Smith b Marshal Ayub 30
D.M. Bravo c wkpr Anamul Haque b Elias Sunny 31
*K. Pollard c Ziaur Rehman b Elias Sunny 44
A. Russell b Forhad Reza 18
+D. Thomas not out 61
V. Permaul c Imrul Kayes b Elias Sunny 27
S. Narine not out 21
Extras (lb5, w5, nb1) 11
TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 361
R. Rampaul, K. Roach, D. Sammy did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-149, 3-156, 4-217, 5-236, 6-254, 7-300
Bowling: Al-Amin 9-1-90-0 (nb1, w3); Forhad Reza 10-0-68-2 (w1); Elias Sunny 10-1-71-3; Enamul Haque Jr 10-1-58-0; Marshal Ayub 10-0-63-2 (w1); Asif Ahmed 1-0-6-0
BANGLADESH CRICKET BOARD XI (target: 362 off 50 overs)
Imrul Kayes lbw b Narine 43
+Anamul Haque c Permaul b Russell 22
*Jahurul Islam c Bravo b Permaul 11
Mominul Haque lbw b Roach 43
Marshal Ayub b Roach 30
Ziaur Rehman b Rampaul 1
Asif Ahmed c wkpr Thomas b Narine 6
Soumya Sarker lbw b Narine 1
Farhad Reza lbw b Permaul 3
Elias Sunny not out 37
Enamul Haque Jr c wkpr Thomas b Pollard 10
Extras (lb5, w23, nb8) 36
TOTAL (all out, 49.1 overs) 243
Al-Amin Hossain did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-82, 3-95, 4-166, 5-168, 6-180, 7-180, 8-181, 9-200
Bowling: Roach 8-1-40-2 (nb5, w2); Rampaul 8-1-28-1; Russell 8-0-36-1 (w5); Narine 10-0-47-3 (nb2, w5); Permaul 10-0-52-2 (w6); Smith 3-0-23-0 (nb1, w4); Pollard 2.1-0-12-1 (w1)
Result: West Indies won by118 runs (5 balls remaining)
Players-a-side: 12 (11 bat, 11 field)
Umpires: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh), Masudur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Match referee: Roqibul Hassan (Bangladesh)
Reserve umpire: Morshed Ali Khan (Bangladesh)