Khulna - Tamim Iqbal and Naeem Islam scored
half-centuries while Sohag Gazi took four wickets as Bangladesh beat the
West Indies by seven wickets in the first one-day match in Khulna on
Iqbal smashed a 51-ball 58 studded with eight fours and
two sixes while Islam finished with an unbeaten 50 as the hosts achieved
a modest 200-run target with 9.2 overs to spare, for a 1-0 lead in the
Gazi took 4-29, the best figures by a
Bangldeshi bowler on one-day debut, to restrict the West Indies to 199
after they won the toss and opted to bat.
Iqbal and Anamul Haque
(41) put on a soild 88-run opening stand to ensure the hosts, who were
missing key all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan through injury, did not spoil
the good work by their bowlers.
Iqbal thumped West Indian
spearhead Kemar Roach for two fours and a six in one over to reach his
24th one-day fifty before playing straight into the hands of point off
spinner Sunil Narine.
Haque hit seven boundaries off 62 balls before giving a return catch to West Indian skipper Darren Sammy.
who hit six fours in his sedate 79-ball knock, shared a 45-run third
wicket stand with Nasir Hossain (28) as the hosts comfortably registered
a sweet comeback win after losing the Test series 2-0.
21-year-old off-spinner Gazi derailed the West Indians by dismissing
Chris Gayle off the second ball of his one-day career for 35 and had
Marlon Samuels (nought) in his second over.
Gayle, who hit four
fours and two sixes during his 40-ball knock, gave the West Indies a
sound 48-run start with Lendl Simmons (13) but once the spinners came on
to bowl the batsmen struggled.
The West Indies were in danger of
getting out for below the 150-mark but Narine, who top-scored with 36,
added 57 for the ninth wicket with Ravi Rampaul (25) to lift the total.
who also dismissed Devon Thomas for 16, ended the innings by trapping
Narine leg-before in the 47th over to improve on Rubel Hossain's 4-33
against Sri Lanka in Dhaka in 2009 - the previous best ODI figures on
debut by a Bangladeshi.
Darren Bravo also shaped well for his
41-ball 35 which included four fours and a six before he was run out as
the West Indies lost their way from 100/3 to 133/8.
spinner Abdur Razzak dismissed big-hitters Kieron Pollard (15) and Andre
Russell (nought) before dismissing Rampaul to finish with 3-39.
The second match will also be played in Khulna on Sunday.