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Windies batter Bangladesh

West Indies got their ICC World Twenty20 campaign back on track with a commanding 73-run win over hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka - who were bowled out for just 98.

The reigning champions suffered a heavy defeat against India in their opening match, while Bangladesh only just made the Super 10s after tasting a surprise defeat to Hong Kong in their last qualifier.

Dwayne Smith smacked 72 and Chris Gayle hit a run-a-ball 48 as the West Indies made 171-7, including losing four wickets, three going to Al-Amin Hossain, in an eventful last over of the 20.

After struggling with the bat in their surprise defeat to Hong Kong in the qualifiers, Bangladesh again slipped up as they dropped to 16-3 in the fourth over.

They could never really recover from that and another catastrophic over halfway through their innings when they lost three more wickets to Samuel Badree, who claimed four in total, meant they could only muster 98 all out.

In a strange innings, four West Indies batsman failed to survive their first ball, but crucially the opening pair of Smith and Gayle stood strong with a 97-run stand that built the foundations for the win.

It was Smith who set the pace, Gayle was on just 19 when his partner departed for 72, after hitting 10 fours and three sixes. Smith's fun ended when he top-edged Mahmudullah to square leg.

Plodded along

In comparison Gayle plodded along, failing to find any flow.

The 34-year-old left-hander's 11 Twenty20 hundreds are the most by any player, but he had not managed even to reach 50 when he was finally caught at long-off in the penultimate over.

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

Windies leg-spinner Badree took career-best figures of 4-15 as Bangladesh produced another unimpressive batting performance which ensured they will be viewed as the whipping boys of a difficult group.

They lost three early wickets in six balls with Krishmar Santokie making 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 work from his team-mates in the field, as the hosts were again ripped out.