Pollard, Ramdin spur WI

Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin saved the West Indies from a humiliating defeat and engineered a three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international at the National Stadium in Grenada.

Reeling at 34 for five in reply to the tourists’ total of 217 for nine, Pollard’s commanding 89 and Ramdin’s polished 74 turned the match on its head, their 145-run sixth-wicket partnership transforming the improbability of victory into a leisurely canter by the time the winning runs were hit by Jason Holder in the 40th over on Wednesday.

They played positively and exposed the limitations of the Bangladeshi bowling attack as visiting captain Mushfiqur Rahim was at his wit’s end to stem the flow of runs following the early clatter of wickets.

 BANGLADESH Iqbal c Pollard b Holder26  Haque lbw Bravo109 Kayes (run out)9   Rahman c Ramdin b Bravo8   Rahim c Narine b Gayle12  Mahmudullah b Bravo11  N Hossain c Ramdin b Rampaul26  Gazi (run out)2   Mortaza c Pollard b Bravo3   Ahmed (not out)0   Extras (LB-2, NB-1, W-8)11  Total (for 9 wkts, 50 overs)217 Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-69, 3-80, 4-117, 5-141, 6-194, 7-201, 8-217, 9-217. Bowling: Roach 10-0-48-0, Rampaul 10-1-48-1, Holder 9-0-39-1, Bravo 7-0-32-4, Narine 10-1-29-0, Gayle 4-0-19-1.  

WEST INDIES Gayle c A Hossain b Mortaza3   Edwards b Mahmudullah10  Bravo c Rahim b A Hossain7   Simmons c Rahim b A Hossain0   Ramdin b Gazi74  Bravo c Gazi b A Hossain5   Pollard c M’dullah b A Hossain89  Holder (not out)22  Narine (not out)3   Extras (LB-1, W-5)6   Total (for 7 wkts, 39.4 overs)219 Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-20, 3-20, 4-22, 5-34, 6-179, 7-201. Bowling: Gazi 9-1-46-1, Mortaza 8-2-22-1, Mahmudullah 4-0-20-1, A Hossain 8.4-0-51-4, Ahmed 7-0-46-0, N Hossain 2-0-20-0, Rahman 1-0-13-0.      

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