Pollard, Ramdin rally WI
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC):
A century stand between Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin rescued an imploding West Indies and spurred them to a three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first one-day international (ODI) at the National Stadium yesterday.
Pollard and Ramdin compiled 145 runs for the sixth wicket to pull the home team from the jaws of defeat following a top-order batting collapse that left them reeling on 34 for five.
Pollard started slowly but accelerated his innings later to finish with a top score of 89, while Ramdin scored 74, starting quickly, but curbing his enthusiasm later in the innings.
After their impressive counter-attack, the two batsmen perished in the dying stages of the chase to give Bangladesh a chance to make a comeback.
Jason Holder hit three fours to reach 22 and kept his nerve with Sunil Narine to ensure West Indies take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Al-Amin Hossain, who finished with 4-51, snatched three early wickets as the Caribbean side slumped to 20-3, chasing the visitors' 217 for nine.
All the top-order batsmen were dismissed cheaply, Chris Gayle scoring three, Kirk Edwards 10, Darren Bravo seven, and Lendl Simmons nought.
But the efforts of the two Trinidadians were vital in guiding West Indies to their win by forcing Bangladesh to concede a match-winning position.
Pollard struck five fours and six sixes from 70 balls, while Ramdin, who faced 76 balls, accounted for six fours and a six to transform the match and carry West Indies to the brink of victory before the partnership expired.
A brief rain delay may have interfered with the flow of the partnership, with Ramdin departing shortly after, playing on to the base of his off stump.
Less than three overs later, Pollard's whirlwind innings ended as he mistimed a shot aimed for over the long on boundary and was caught.
Earlier, Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque reached his third ODI century to guide his team to a competitive total.
His knock came off 133 balls with nine fours and one six after West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo won the toss and asked Bangladesh to bat first.
Haque held the innings together but was alone as wickets fell regularly, with West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo taking four for 32 runs in his seven overs.
Haque and Nasir Hossain scraped together 53 runs for the sixth wicket, Hossain contributing 22, the same score as opener Tamim Iqbal.
The second ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh is also scheduled for the National Sadium in Grenada, tomorrow.