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West Indies vs Bangladesh 1st ODI: First Blood To Bangladesh

By on July 27, 2009

Bangladesh vs West Indies - Abdur Razzak

Bangladesh 246 for 9 (Ashraful 57, Shakib 54, Roach 5-44) beat West Indies 194 (Smith 65, Razzak 4-39)
by 52 runs…

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq took 4-39 as Bangladesh won the first one-day international against West Indies by 52 runs in Dominica.

Only Devon Smith looked like preventing the tourists from emerging victorious from the series opener at Windsor Park, the Windward Islands batsman making 65 from 84 balls.

David Bernard threatened briefly with a pedestrian 38 but a target of 247 was never really within reach and the Windies were eventually bowled out for 194 from only 43.4 overs.

The home side made a dreadful start, with both openers back in the pavilion with the score on eight.

Captain Floyd Reifer soon joined them after making only three, with Travis Dowlin the fourth man to depart with only 42 on the board.

Smith and Bernard finally put together a meaningful partnership with 78 for the fifth wicket but Smith’s departure, trapped leg before wicket by Shakib Al Hasan, signalled the end for West Indies.

Bernard soon followed and the tail failed to wag as Bangladesh cruised to a comfortable win.

Earlier, Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib hit half-centuries as Bangladesh set the Windies a victory target that was to prove elusive.

The tourists recovered well after losing opener Tamim Iqbal to the first ball of the match, with Ashraful and Junaid Siddique putting on 74 for the second wicket.

Ashraful led the way with 57 while Shakib later chipped in with a useful 54 as the Bangladesh batsmen dodged the rain.

Mahmudullah made a 39-ball 42 – a knock that included two fours and two sixes – in the middle order but the tail struggled to make a significant contribution as Bangladesh racked up 246 for nine from their 50 overs.

Kemar Roach was the pick of the Windies attack with 5-44 from his allocation of 10 overs.

The second one-dayer takes place at the same venue on Tuesday.

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