Gayle attacks: West Indies opener Chris Gayle goes for the boundary during the first One Day International against Bangladesh in Khulna, Bangladesh yesterday. –Photo: AP

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West Indies vice-captain Kieron Pollard has lamented the indisciplined batting that plunged the Caribbean side to a surprise seven-wicket defeat in the opening One-Day International against Bangladesh yesterday.

Opting to bat first, West Indies were dismissed for an inadequate 199 off 46.5 overs, and opener Tamim Iqbal (58) and Naeem Islam (50 not out) then stroked half-centuries to see the Tigers home safely.

"We did not get many runs on the board and Bangladesh showed us how we should have batted on that pitch. They played better than us and we gifted our wickets away and they gladly accepted," Pollard told a media conference.

"Bangladesh had a very good day. We gifted our wickets away. They weren't bowling anything magical. I think we have to blame ourselves for the way we batted."

He continued: "I think it is a matter of patience and a matter of playing each ball on its merit. We did not do enough of it in this match.

"We played injudicious strokes at times when we needed to buckle down and build partnerships and when we were able to build partnerships we gave it away."

West Indies got an opening stand of 48 from Chris Gayle (35) and Lendl Simmons (13), but then lost wickets in clusters as off-spinner Sohag Gazi (four for 29) and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak (three for 39), crippled the innings.

At one point, the Windies were reeling at 133 for eight before Sunil Narine, who top-scored with 36 and Ravi Rampaul (25) combined in a 57-run, ninth wicket stand to add respectability to the total.

Pollard, who was also guilty of a loose shot that led to his dismissal for 15, said the Caribbean side now had to take responsibility for their shortcomings and regroup quickly.

"At the end of the day, we have to accept where we went wrong and we can't look for excuses. It is about regrouping," the right-hander stressed.

"This is international cricket and we, as batsmen, have to take it upon ourselves to bat 50 overs and not let the tail bat for 10 to 15 overs like they did here."

He added: "We didn't turn up as we would have liked to start this ODI series, but there are four more games to go and there is a lot of cricket left to be played.

"It is a matter of us regrouping as international cricketers —and professionals — and giving a good account of ourselves and winning in these conditions because we have done it before."

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