Gazi attracts gazes
One-day international debutant Sohag Gazi’s four economical wickets set up Bangladesh’s convincing victory over West Indies at Khulna in the first game of five.
The 21-year-old off-spinner’s 4-29 from 9.5 overs limited the Windies to 199 all out and solid contributions from the hosts’ top order ensured a seven-wicket win with 58 balls to spare.
Tamim Iqbal put the Tigers on course with 58 from 51 deliveries and Naeem Islam’s 50 not out saw them to a surprising success given their 2-0 Test series loss.
Gazi had impressed with 12 wickets in the two-Test rubber and was one of four ODI new boys today along with Abul Hasan, Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque - the latter covering for the injured Shakib Al Hasan.
Bangladesh’s target would have been smaller but for a fightback from Sunil Narine and Ravi Rampaul after the tourists, who won the toss, slumped to 133 for eight.
Flamboyant opener Chris Gayle got West Indies going by plundering two fours and a six in an early over bowled Mashrafe Mortaza.
Gazi dropped Lendl Simmons at mid-on off Abul before Gayle took another maximum and two more fours later in the over that completed the compulsory powerplay.
Eight balls later both opening batsmen were gone, however, Simmons lbw to Mortaza and Gayle holing out to long-on for 35 from Gazi’s second delivery. Gazi struck again in his next over, having Marlon Samuels held at slip for nought.
Darren Bravo countered, taking 16 off Naeem’s only over, but Kieron Pollard went by pulling Abdur Razzaq to midwicket and, next over, Bravo was run out for 35 after a mix-up with Devon Thomas.
Following a brief impasse, two wickets again fell in as many overs with Darren Sammy holing out to long-on off Mahmudullah and Andre Russell being bowled by Razzaq without scoring. Thomas became another long-on catch to give Gazi his third wicket and leave West Indies eight down.
Narine and Rampaul rebuilt, adding 57 in 10.4 overs until Razzaq, who took 3-39, had the latter caught behind for 25. Gazi ended the innings in the 47th over by trapping Narine lbw for 36.
In reply Tamim dominated an opening stand of 88 in 15.1 overs with Anamul until Narine had him held at backward point.
Anamul was caught and bowled by Sammy and Nasir Hossain chipped Russell to point for 28 at almost a run a ball, but Naeem and Mushfiqur Rahim completed victory.