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Windies dispatch sorry hosts

West Indies kick-started their World Twenty20 defence with a routine 73-run win over out-of-sorts Bangladesh in Dhaka.

The Windies lost their Group Two opener to India, but were far too slick for the tournament hosts to collect their first win and keep semi-final hopes alive.

Dwayne Smith was at his brutal best against Bangladesh, striking a blistering half century and West Indies got their title defence up and running

West Indies posted 171 for seven on the back of opener Dwayne Smith's 72, while an unusually subdued Chris Gayle cobbled together 48 from as many balls.

In a strange innings, four West Indies batsman failed to survive their first ball, but it mattered not as Bangladesh folded to 98 all out in 19.1 overs. Windies leg-spinner Samuel Badree took career-best figures of 4-15.

Bangladesh only snuck through to the Super 10 stage after an embarrassing defeat to tournament rookies Hong Kong, who bowled them out for 108.

Another similarly wretched batting performance - which ensured they will be viewed as the whipping boys of a difficult group - was set off by three early wickets in six balls.

Krishmar Santokie made two of the breakthroughs, most significantly bowling dangerman Shakib Al Hasan first ball to silence the Shere Bangla Stadium.

Bangladesh never recovered as Badree got to work, with the help of some sharp assistance from his team-mates in the field, as the hosts were again ripped out.

West Indies built their score on a 97-run opening stand between Smith and Gayle at the top of the order.

It was Smith who set the pace, Gayle was on just 19 when his partner departed after hitting 10 fours and three sixes. Smith's fun ended when he top-edged Mahmudullah to square leg.

A late clatter of wickets meant West Indies' batting card had a lop-sided look, but their bowlers ensured the work of Smith and Gayle was more than enough.

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