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Pollard, Ramdin take West Indies to victory

Duo put on 145 runs after host reduced to 34 for 5 to star in three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first ODI

Pollard, Ramdin take West Indies to victory - Cricket News
Pollard and Ramdin put on 145 runs to star in three-wicket win over.
Kieron Pollard hit 89 and Denesh Ramdin contributed 74 as the West Indies overcame a disastrous start to beat Bangladesh by three wickets in the first One-Day International at the National Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday (August 20). 

The West Indies had slumped to 34 for 5 in reply to Bangladesh's' total of 217 for 9, but Pollard and Ramdin came together for a 145-run sixth-wicket partnership off just 131 balls to turn the match around. The West Indies eventually achieved victory in just 39.4 overs.

Al-Amin Hossain, the medium pacer, emerged with the bowling honours for Bangladesh, taking three of the first five West Indies wickets to fall and finishing with 4 for 51. He added the scalp of Pollard, who fell after a 70-ball knock while attempting to hit another six, caught in the outfield by Mahmudullah.

Earlier, Anamul Haque's century held the Bangladesh innings together. Put in on a pitch on which strokemaking wasn't always easy, Anamul hit 109 even as the rest of the top order fell without making big scores.

Dwayne Bravo, the captain, was the most successful West Indies bowler, finishing with 4 for 32, including the wickets of Mashrafe Mortaza and Anamul in the final over of the innings. 

Anamul's knock comprised 138 deliveries during which he struck 11 fours and the lone six of the innings, a top-edged hook off Ravi Rampaul. He shared an opening stand of 41 with Tamim Iqbal, who contributed 26, before miscuing a pull off Jason Holder for Pollard to take the catch at short midwicket. 

Wickets continued to fall at the other end until Nasir joined Anamul at 141 for 5 in the 34th over, the pair putting on 53 runs to give the innings a bit of momentum before Nasir (26) departed, caught at the wicket off a miscued swing off Rampaul. 

The bowlers didn't allow Bangladesh to finish with much of a flourish, to ensure the West Indies didn't have a steep chase. Eventually, that proved crucial with the target within reach even after the top-order wobble, thanks to Pollard and Ramdin.

The second of the three-match ODI series will take place at the same venue on Friday.

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