Wellington, Aug 21: West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard smashed away 89 while Denesh Ramdin chipped in with 74 to help their side overcome a disastrous start to beat Bangladesh by three wickets in their opening ODI at the National Stadium in Grenada. With five fours and six sixes off 70 balls, Pollard added a critical 145 off 132 deliveries with fellow Trinidadian Ramdin after the hosts had slumped to 34 for 5. The West Indies eventually got home at 219 for 7 off 39.4 overs after Bangladesh reached 217 for 9 from its 50 overs.
Al-Amin Hossain claimed four wickets giving just 51 runs from 8.4 overs for Bangladesh, whose 21-year-old opener Anamul Haque hammered 109 off 138 balls after being sent in by the hosts, Stuff.co.nz reported. In only his 20th match, Haque hit 11 fours and one six in his third century at this level, and also shared an opening stand of 41 with Tamim Iqbal, who contributed 26, and a sixth wicket partnership of 53 with Nasir Hossain, who also supported with 26.
However, the Bangladesh innings never got the momentum needed and the final total was well short of par. West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo took gave match figures of 4 for 32 with his medium pace. The hosts’ reply stuttered badly early on as Al-Amin, with support from fellow seamer Mashrafe Mortaza and off-spinner Mahmudullah, reduced them to 34 for 5 after 13.1 overs.
Chris Gayle (3) sliced to third man off Mortaza while Al-Amin picked up Darren Bravo for his individual score of seven and Lendl Simmons for a duck from outside edges to the wicketkeeper. In between, Mahmudullah bowled Kirk Edwards as he missed a sweep. When Bravo clipped to deep square leg for Al-Amin’s third scalp, Bangladesh looked to have taken control of the match, only for Ramdin and Pollard to share a record sixth wicket stand.
Their association was the best sixth wicket partnership for the West Indies against Bangladesh and the best for the wicket at this venue. Bangladesh sensed a way back when Pollard and Ramdin were dismissed shortly after a rain delay of half an hour. But Jason Holder hit 22 not out off 15 balls to see his side home, the report added.