WI stumble in first ODI
KHULNA, Bangladesh – West Indies' failed to fire, and Tamim Iqbal and Naeem Islam followed the cue of their bowlers to lead Bangladesh to a seven-wicket victory in the first One-day International on Friday here.
Several of batsmen got starts, but failed to carry on, as the Windies were dismissed for 199 in 46.5 overs, after choosing to bat in the match at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
Sunil Narine led the way with a career-best 36, Chris Gayle made 35, Darren Bravo got 35 and Ravi Rampaul added 25, as the West Indies batting was undermined by ODI newcomer, off-spinner Sohag Gazi with 4-29 from 9.5 overs and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak with 3-39 from 10 overs.
By the time it was the Windies’ turn to field, the pitch had become a batsman’s paradise, and Tamim gave Bangladesh a flying start with 58 from 51 balls in his typical belligerent style before Naeem arrived to nurse them over the threshold with an unbeaten 50 off 79 balls.
Before a sold-out crowd, the victory was formalised with 19 balls remaining, when a short ball from Ravi Rampaul was fittingly pulled by Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim to the wide long-on boundary for four.
The result meant that the Caribbean side now trail 0-1 in the five-match series, which continues on Sunday at the same venue before switching next week to the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka for the last three matches and a Twenty20 International.
Narine and Rampaul mixed resolute batting with a few crisp strokes, adding 57 for the ninth wicket to give West Indies a respectable total, after they slumped to 133 for eight in the 34th over.
Rampaul was caught behind from a top-edged sweep off Razzak in the 43rd over before Narine was lbw essaying a sweep off Gazi almost four overs later to bring the innings to a close.
Gayle and Lendl Simmons had given the Windies a steady, if not spectacular start of 48, but the two openers and Marlon Samuels fell for the addition of just two runs in the space of 21 balls, leaving the visitors 50 for three in the 14th over.
The visitors’ new vice captain Kieron Pollard came to the crease and put on an even 50 for the fourth wicket with Darren Bravo before he was caught at short mid-wicket off Razzak and his left-handed compatriot was run out four balls later, backing up too far, sinking West Indies to 102 for five in the 24th over.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy temporarily stemmed the flow of wickets with Devon Thomas, but the two of them and Andre Russell fell essaying ill-advised strokes before Narine and Rampaul beefed-up the total.
The Windies hunted early wickets to put Bangladesh under pressure, opening the bowling with Marlon Samuels opposite Rampaul, but they never came, as Tamim and Anamul Haque shared 88 for the first wicket.
Narine made the breakthrough for West Indies in the 16th over, when Tamim was caught at backward point, but there was no scoreboard pressure on the Bangladeshis, and though they lost Haque for 41 and Nasir Hossain for 28, they coasted to victory much to the delight of the crowd.
WEST INDIES (maximum 50 overs)
L. Simmons lbw b Mashrafe Mortaza 13
C. Gayle c Tamim Iqbal b Sohhag Gazi 35
D.M. Bravo run out (Sohag Gazi) 35
M. Samuels c Mahmudullah b Sohag Gazi 0
K. Pollard c Mashrafe Mortaza b Abdur Razzak 15
+D. Thomas c Razzak b Sohag Gazi 16
*D. Sammy c Naeem Islam b Mahmudullah 10
A. Russell b Abdur Razzak 0
S. Narine lbw b Sohag Gazi 36
R. Rampaul c Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak 25
K. Roach not out 3
Extras (lb1, w10) 11
TOTAL (all out, 46.5 overs) 199
Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Simmons, 10.3 overs); 2-48 (Gayle, 11.2); 3-50 (Samuels, 13.5); 4-100 (Pollard, 22.6); 5-102 (Bravo, 23.4); 6-128 (Sammy, 29.1); 7-130 (Russell, 30.4); 8-133 (Thomas, 32.2); 9-190 (Rampaul, 42.6)
Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 9-2-39-1; Abul Hasan 8-0-45-0 (w1); Sohag Gazi 9.5-2-29-4 (w2); Abdur Razzak 10-1-39-3 (w5); Naeem Islam 1-0-17-0; Mahmudullah 9-0-29-1 (w2)
BANGLADESH (target: 200 off 50 overs)
Tamim Iqbal c Pollard b Narine 58
Anamul Haque c and b Sammy 41
Naeem Islam not out 50
Nasir Hossain c Pollard b Russell 28
*+Mushfiqur Rahim not out 16
Extras (lb2, w5, nb1) 8
TOTAL (3 wkts, 40.2 overs) 201
Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abul Hasan, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-88 (Tamim Iqbal, 15.1 overs); 2-112 (Anamul Haque, 22.4); 3-157 (Nasir Hossain, 31.3)
Bowling: Samuels 3-0-14-0 (w2); Rampaul 7.2-0-41-0; Roach 7-0-48-0 (w1); Narine 8-1-39-1 (nb1); Sammy 8-0-29-1; Russell 7-0-28-1 (w2)
Result: Bangladesh won by seven wickets (19 balls remaining)
Series: Bangladesh lead five-match series 1-0
Umpires: Enamul Haque (Bangladesh), Ranmore Martinesz (Sri Lanka)
TV Replay umpire: Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire: Masudur Rahman (Bangladesh)