Tigers maul lame Windies after poor batting show

KHULNA, Bangladesh,  CMC – An ordinary batting effort crippled West Indies and sent them tumbling to a disappointing seven wicket defeat to Bangladesh in the opening One-Day International here yesterday.

Opting to bat first at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, the tourists were undermined by Man-of-the-Match off-spinner Sohag Gazi’s four-wicket haul, to capitulate to 199 all out off 46.5 overs.
Sunil Narine top-scored with 36 while Darren Bravo and Chris Gayle both got 35, but left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak (3-39) helped Gazi spin a web around West Indies.

Floundering at 133 for eight in the 33rd over, West Indies needed a 57-run ninth wicket partnership between tail-enders Narine and Ravi Rampaul (25) to reach their eventual total.

In their turn at the crease, Bangladesh cruised courtesy of contrasting half-centuries from opener Tamim Iqbal (58) and Naeem Islam (50 not out), to draw first blood in the five-match series.
West Indies showed none of the momentum gained from their Test series win, producing a lame performance to gift the Tigers much needed confidence.

Defeat was furthest from their minds, however, when Gayle exploded at the top of the order as he put on 48 for the first wicket with Lendl Simmons (13).

The big-hitting left-hander threatened something special, pummelling four fours and two sixes off 40 balls. He was particularly severe on seamer Mashrafe Mortaza, taking two fours and a six off the right-armer’s third over, the fifth of the innings, which cost 14 runs.

He also took a turn in pacer Abul Hasan, belting him over cover for his second six and following up with two thumping fours in the tenth over of the innings that went for 16.

Simmons, dropped on 12 by Gazi at mid-on off Abul Hasan, added just one before he departed lbw to Mashrafe Mortaza in the 11th over, triggering a collapse that saw three wickets fall for two runs in the space of 20 balls.

Gayle holed out to long-on in the next over off Gazi and Marlon Samuels faced nine balls without scoring before edging a drive at the off-spinner to Mahmudullah at slip at 50 for three. Bravo, whose knock included four fours and a six off 41 balls, repaired the damage in a 50-run, fourth wicket stand with Kieron Pollard (15).

But just when West Indies seemed to be climbing out of the mire, Pollard pulled an ordinary delivery from Abdur Razzak to short mid-wicket and four balls later in the next over, Bravo suffered a bad mix up with Devon Thomas and perished via the run out route.


L Simmons lbw b Mashrafe Mortaza                                           13
C Gayle c Tamim Iqbal b Sohag Gazi                                           35
D Bravo run out                                                                               35
M Samuels c Mahmudullah b Sohag Gazi                                     0
K Pollard c Mashrafe Mortaza b Abdur Razzak                         15
+D Thomas c Abdur 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 wkp 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, 23), 5-102 (Bravo, 23.4), 6-128 (Sammy, 29.1), 7-130 (Russell, 30.4), 8-133 (Thomas, 32.2), 9-190 (Rampaul, 43), 10-199 (Narine, 46.5)
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 (w1), Naeem Islam 1-0-17-0, Mahmudullah 9-0-29-1 (w2).
Tamim Iqbal c Pollard b Narine                                                    58
Anamul Haque c & 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
Did not bat: Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Abul Hasan, Abdur Razzak.
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.
Series: Bangladesh lead five-match series 1-0.
Toss: West Indies:
Man-of-the-Match: Sohag Gazi.
Umpires: Enamul Haque, Ranmore Martinesz; TV – Anisur Rahman.

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