Bangladesh Maintain Winning Run In Dominica
Bangladesh 246-9 (Mohammad Ashraful 57, Roach 5-44) beat
West Indies 194 (Smith 65, Abdur Razzak 4-31) by 52 runs
First One-Day International, Dominica
Bangladesh made it three wins in three over the West Indies, adding a 52-run victory in the opening One-Day International in Dominica to their two Test victories earlier in the tour.
Half-centuries from former captain Mohammad Ashraful and stand-in skipper Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh post 246 for nine and 247 was well beyond the home side, who were bowled out for 194 in 43.4 overs.
For Ashraful, his 95-ball innings which included five fours was a welcome return to form and it provided the innings with much-needed foundation after the early departure of Tamim Iqbal, who was caught behind by wicket-keeper Andre Fletcher from the very first ball of the match bowled by Kemar Roach.
Roach impressed again to take five for 44 but not before Ashraful had been run out and Shakib went on to score 54 in 60 balls.
Despite the best efforts of Roach, and a wicket apiece for David Bernard, Nikita Miller and Rawl Lewis, a quick blast of 42 in 39 balls from Mahmudullah ensured that Bangladesh carried some momentum into the second innings.
Their approach of opening the bowling with left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak worked as he had Dale Richards trapped in front for one and the early introduction of Mahmudullah, Shakib and Naeem Islam, all of whom picked up a wicket apiece, had the West Indians in big trouble at 42 for four.
They were rescued by an innings of 65 from Devon Smith but although he was supported by David Bernard (38), his dismissal was the catalyst for a flurry of wickets and the home side went from 120 for four to 194 all out, losing six wickets for just 74 runs.
Chief architect was Razzak, who returned four for 31 while it was Shakib who had Smith trapped in front and Islam who had Bernard caught by Tamim.
There was also a wicket apiece for pace bowlers Syed Rasel and Rubel Hossain, who only bowled 12 overs between them with Rubel the sixth bowler used.
The match was the first ever international staged at Windsor Park and the two sides meet at the same venue for the second match in the three-game series on Tuesday 28th July.
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