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Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets
Bangladesh defeated West Indies by seven wickets in the opening One-Day International at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on Friday.

Tamim Iqbal and Naeem Islam scored half-centuries while Sohag Gazi took four wickets to beat the West Indies by seven wickets in the first one-day international in Khulna.

Iqbal smashed a 51-ball from 58 studded with eight fours and two sixes while Islam finished with an unbeaten 50, as the hosts achieved a modest 200-run target with 9.2 overs to spare, for a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Gazi took 4-29, the best figures by a Bangldeshi bowler on one-day debut, to restrict the West Indies to 199 after they won the toss and opted to bat.

Iqbal and Anamul Haque for 41 put on a soild 88-run opening stand to ensure the hosts, who were missing key all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan through injury, did not spoil the good work by their bowlers.

Iqbal thumped West Indian spearhead Kemar Roach for two fours and a six in one over to reach his 24th one-day fifty before playing straight into the hands of point off spinner Sunil Narine.

Haque hit seven boundaries off 62 balls before giving a return catch to West Indian skipper Darren Sammy.

Islam, who hit six fours in his sedate 79-ball knock, shared a 45-run third wicket stand with Nasir Hossain for 28 as the hosts comfortably registered a sweet comeback win after losing the Test series 2-0.

The second game in the five-match series will be held on Sunday, December 2.

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Published: 2012-11-30 09:35:06
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