A 145 run Counter attacking stand between Trinidadians Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin saved the blushes for West Indies in their first ODI against Bangladesh by 3 wickets with more than 10 overs to spare at Grenada. This victory will be a welcome for the team as they were facing a crisis after the WICB sacked the coach Ottis Gibson hours before the match.
Pollard and Ramdin rescued West Indies when the hosts were reduced for 34-5 in 13 overs after some disciplined bowling from Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain and Mahmudullah. Ramdin and Pollard ensured that the building parts were put in place and took some quick singles and twos before Pollard got into his groove. Pollard struck five boundaries and six towering success in his 70 ball 89.
On the other hand, Ramdin played the role of anchor and to his part he supported Pollard in their partnership and reached his fourth half century at almost run a ball. Ramdin got out after scoring 74 from 76 balls and it was left to Jason Holder to accompany Pollard in guiding the windies home. Pollard got out when 18 runs were needed in over 14 overs and Holder finished the innings with a flourish.
Earlier, a fighting innings from Anamul Haque took Bangladesh to 217 for 9 in 50 overs. Tamim Iqbal got a start but failed to convert it as wickets were tumbling consistently and in the other end, Haque stood firm and the visitors over the 200 mark. Haque eventually got out in the final ball of the innings. Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-32 in his 7 overs.
Kieron Pollard was named the man of the match for his match winning knock. The second ODI will take place in St. Georges on August 22.