Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ordinary West Indies get ODI licking


Bravo gets a few: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo gets runs during his knock of 35 during the first one-day international against Bangladesh in Khulna, Bangladesh yesterday. —Photo: AP

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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 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 (three for 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.

Captain Darren Sammy (10) and Thomas (16) halted the slide with a 26-run stand off 27 balls but yet again, the Windies lost wickets in clusters as another three tumbled for five runs off 19 balls.

Trying to clear long-on in the 30th over, Sammy was brilliantly taken on the ropes by Naeem Islam, all-rounder Andre Russell was bowled by Abdur Razzak without scoring and Thomas also went aerial with Gazi in the 33rd over to be also held at long-on.

Narine and Rampaul then restored some respectability to the total with a bold partnership that required 64 balls. While Narine struck three fours off 45 balls, Rampaul belted three fours and a six off 35 deliveries.

Tamim then wasted little time in igniting the Tigers run chase, charging off-spinner Marlon Samuels in the first over of the innings, to deposit him to the long off boundary and crashing Rampaul to the ropes at point in the next over.

The attacking left-hander put on 88 off 91 balls for the first wicket with debutant teenaged opener Anamul Haque (41), counting eight fours and two sixes.

Off-spinner Narine dislodged him in the 16th over and Sammy claimed Anamul caught and bowled in the 23rd over at 112 for two, handing West Indies some hope.

However, Naeem Islam anchored two crucial partnerships to see Bangladesh home with time to spare. The right-hander, who hit six fours off 79 balls, posted 45 for the third wicket with Nasir Hossain (28) and put on a further 44 with captain Mushfiqur Rahim (16 not out) for the fourth wicket.