Thursday 13 October 2011 

Simmons Century Sets Up 40-Run Win For West Indies

Simmons Century Sets Up 40-Run Win For West Indies
Simmons Century Sets Up 40-Run Win For West Indies
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West Indies 298-4 (Simmons 122, Samuels 71) beat
Bangladesh 258-7 (Shaib Al Hasan 67no) by 40 runs
First One-Day International, Dhaka

Lendl Simmons stroked his maiden One-Day International century to help set up a 40-run win for the West Indies over Bangladesh in the first match in Dhaka.

Simmons made 122 and Marlon Samuels 71 as the tourists put in an impressive batting display to post 298 for four before Bangladesh were restricted to 258 for seven in reply.

Both Simmons and Samuels started their innings watchfully before accelerating to good effect, both men hitting two sixes as they faced 124 and 78 balls respectively.

Samuels was at the crease before a wicket had fallen after Adrian Barath (21) was forced to retire hurt under new ICC rules banning the use of a runner and 217 runs were scored before Bangladesh did take a wicket.

It came when Simmons was caught by Alok Kapali off Rubel Hossain and Samuels followed soon after to the same combination.

However, there was no respite for Bangladesh, who fielded poorly and let things slip alarmingly after a tight first 20 overs, as Darren Bravo made an eye-catching 20 in 19 balls and Kieron Pollard a belligerent 41 in 25 deliveries to push the West Indies close to 300.

Hossain struck again to remove Pollard and finish with figures of three for 65 while Shafiul Islam, who bowled Bravo, was the other man to take a wicket.

In reply, Bangladesh's top order also started circumspectly, Tamim Iqbal (21), Naeem Islam (52) and Imrul Kayes (42) playing watchfully but without either going on to register a big score like Simmons had or accelerating.

That put Bangladesh under pressure, as did the cheap dismissal of Mohammad Ashraful for two, who was removed by Ravi Rampaul who had been brought into the attack by stand-in captain Denesh Ramdin just prior.

Former skipper Shakib Al Hasan did his best to take the fight to the West Indies, but he had been left with far too mountainous a task and despite closing on 67 not out in 58 balls, his side fell well short.

New captain Mushfiqur Rahim (21), Kapali (20) and Nasir Hossain (9) were the other players to fall as the West Indies closed out victory with Rampaul, Andre Russell and Samuels all taking two wickets.

The second game in the three-match series is on 15th October.

© Cricket World 2011

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