Stunning Recovery Sets Up West Indies Win
West Indies 219-7 (Pollard 89, Ramdin 74) beat
Bangladesh 217-9 by three wickets
First One-Day International, Grenada
After Anamul Haque's century had helped Bangladesh post 217 for nine, the West Indies were reeling after losing five wickets in 13.1 overs.
However, restorative batting from Ramdin (74) and Pollard (89) turned the match around with a 145-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
And although both lost their wickets in the closing stages, the West Indies got home with more than 10 overs to spare to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Overs remaining were never the problem for the home side, allowing Ramdin and Pollard to build their partnership slowly, before accelerating once well set.
After reaching his seventh ODI half-century, Pollard went on to make 89 in 70 balls with five fours and six sixes and Ramdin scored 74 in 76 with six fours and a maximum.
That they were together as early as they were was down to a combination of poor batting and disciplined Bangladesh bowling in defence of a score that always looked to be on the low side.
Al-Amin Hossain was Bangladesh's all-action hero in the opening overs of the run chase, taking the catch to remove Chris Gayle off Mashrafe Mortaza for three and then having both Darren Bravo (7) and Lendl Simmons (0) caught by Mushfiqur Rahim.
After a frustrated Kirk Edwards was bowled by Mahmudullah for 10, Al-Amin struck again to have Dwayne Bravo caught - inexplicably pulling to deep backward square - by Sohag Gazi for five.
Not many teams could win from the perilous position of 34 for five but one of the West Indies' strengths is their batting depth so with Pollard in at seven, they knew if they survived for long enough they would stay in the game.
For more than 20 overs they kept the tourists at bay, rotating the strike and then taking them on until eventually Ramdin was bowled by Gazi as he tried to cut.
The scoreboard had just ticked past 200 when Pollard fell, brilliantly caught by Mahmudullah off Al-Amin but it was too late for Bangladesh and their chance had gone.
In the end, Jason Holder hurried the West Indies home with an unbeaten 22 in 15 balls to break Bangladeshi hearts.
Earlier, Anamul had propped up Bangladesh's total with a third ODI century, making 109 in 136 balls with 11 fours and a six.
After Tamim Iqbal had laboured over 26 in 47 balls, Anamul received little support as Imrul Kayes (9), Shamsur Rahman (8), Rahim (12) and Mahmudullah (11) all departed cheaply.
With the score at 141 for five, Nasir Hossain offered some stickability with 26 in 40 balls but unlike the West Indians later, having been in for a while, neither player could provide sufficient acceleration.
Ravi Rampaul, Holder and Gayle took a wicket apiece as Dwayne Bravo returned four for 32 in seven overs to limit Bangladesh.
None of the six bowlers used by the West Indies conceded more than 4.8 runs per over, such was the measure of control they imposed.
Such control was eventually beyond Bangladesh when they came to bowl, despite Al-Amin ending with four for 51, although their early burst with the ball almost swung the game their way.
It was not to be however, and on the day that the West Indies parted company with their head coach, thanks to Ramdin and man-of-the-match Pollard they managed to start life without Ottis Gibson with a victory.
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