Bangladesh romp past Windies
Bangladesh made a whirlwind start to the five-match one-day international series against West Indies by romping to a seven-wicket win in the opening encounter at Khulna.
After dismissing Windies for just 199, Tamim Iqbal (58 off 51 balls) set the new-look Tigers on their way to a comfortable run-chase, which was completed with 58 deliveries to spare.
Off-spinner Sohag Gozi, one of four debutants in the Bangladesh side, claimed 4-29 and fellow spinner Abdur Razzaq chipped in with 3-39 as Sunil Narine, not renowned for his batting prowess, top-scored for West Indies with 36.
The unlikely combination of Narine and Ravi Rampaul shared the highest partnership of the innings for the ninth wicket after Darren Sammy had opted to bat first.
Openers Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons shared 48 runs for the first wicket, which fell in the first over after the powerplay when pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza pinned the latter lbw for 13.
Gazi followed with the prize scalp of Gayle with only his second ball in ODIs - Tamim taking the catch at long-on, with Gayle making 35 in 40 balls.
Gazi then sent Marlon Samuels packing for a duck, but Darren Bravo set about rebuilding the innings as he took 16 off Naeem Islam's only over.
Kieron Pollard (15), Devon Thomas (16), Sammy (10) and Andre Russell (nought) all failed to make significant scores, while Bravo's entertaining knock ended on 35.
That left the score at 133-8 but Narine, with 36 in 45 deliveries, and Rampaul made a major contribution at the back end of the innings. The pair shared six boundaries, while Rampaul also cleared the ropes off Abdul Hasan.
Gazi eventually wrapped things up when he made Narine his fourth victim, leaving 19 balls unbowled.
Tamim then blazed Bangladesh off to the perfect start, crashing eight boundaries and two towering sixes to put his side well above the required-rate.
Opening partner Anamul Haque remained composed at the other end and the pair looked determined to finish the job themselves when taking the score along to 88-0 after 15 overs.
Tamim eventually fell for a typically aggressive 58, however Anamul (41) kept the run-chase on track before Naeem (50no) and captain Mushfiqur Rahim (16no) finished the job.