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Sohag Gazi shines in Bangla win

Khulna: Off-spinner Sohag Gazi made a memorable ODI debut to help Bangladesh crush West Indies by seven wickets with 58 balls to spare in the opening game of the five-match series, on Friday.

Gazi claimed four wickets for 29 runs as he and spin colleague Abdur Razzak (3-39) ran through the West Indies batting order which failed to justify their decision to bat first and folded for 199 runs in 46.5 overs.

Opener Tamim Iqbal (58) scored his fifth consecutive ODI half-century, while top-order batsmen Anamul Haq (41) and Naeem Islam (50 not out) also contributed as Bangladesh lost three wickets before comfortably overwhelming the target to go 1-0 up in the series.

Tamim set the tone for a successful chase with a 88-run opening stand with Anamul, one of the four debutants Bangladesh fielded in the game.

Tamim’s 58 came off 51 balls with eight fours and two sixes before Sunil Narine had him caught by Kieran Pollard at backward point. Anamul survived some anxious moments before growing in confidence but fell short of his maiden half-century.

Naeem Islam added 45 runs with Nasir Hossain (28) for the third wicket to slam the door on West Indies.

Earlier, the visitors got off to a positive start with the openers raising 48 runs but once Mashrafe Mortaza trapped Lendl Simmons (13) lbw, the West Indies batting order simply came unstuck.

Gazi delighted the packed holiday crowd by removing the dangerous Chris Gayle (35) with his second ball with Tamim leaping high on long on boundary to take a spectacular catch.