Bangladesh have thrashed West Indies by seven wickets to win the first one-day international in Khulna.
After dismissing the visitors for just 199, Bangladesh cruised to their victory target with 58 balls to spare.
Openers Tamim Iqbal (58) and Anamul Haque (41) set the tone with a stand of 88 for the first wicket, with Naeem Islam then making exactly 50 not out as the hosts cantered to an easy win. The victory target would have been even smaller but for a fightback from Sunil Narine (36) and Ravi Rampaul (25) after the West Indies slumped to 133 for eight.
Windies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to bat first, but there were no immediate fireworks from flamboyant opener Chris Gayle, with just three runs in the first three overs.
Lendl Simmons scored the first boundary of the day off the 23rd ball and that seemed to inspire Gayle, who plundered 14 off the fifth over, with two fours and a six off Mashrafe Mortaza. Abul Hasan had Simmons dropped on 12 before Gayle took another maximum and two more fours off the over.
Mortaza removed Simmons for 13 in the first over after the powerplay and Sohag Gazi followed with the prize scalp of Gayle (35 from 40 balls) with only his second ball in ODIs.
Gazi sent Marlon Samuels packing for a duck, but Darren Bravo set about rebuilding the innings as he took 16 off Naeem'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 for eight but Narine, with 36 in 45 deliveries, and Rampaul made a major contribution at the back end of the innings. Gazi (four for 29) eventually wrapped things up when he made Narine his final victim.
Bangladesh's reply got off to the ideal start when Tamim smashed four fours and two sixes in making 58 from 51 balls before being caught off the bowling of Narine. And Anamul struck seven boundaries in his 41 before being caught and bowled by Sammy.
That briefly gave West Indies hope but Naeem made a composed half-century and, after Nasir Hossain made a quickfire 28, Mushfiqur Rahim (16 not out) finished the match in style with a boundary in a final total of 201 for three.
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