Debutant Gazi spins Bangladesh to victory

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 13:09 [IST]
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Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 30: Debutant offspinner Sohag Gazi took 4/29 to power Bangladesh to a seven-wicket victory over West Indies in the opening One Day International of the five-match series here on Friday.


Gazi's superb spell of bowling in 9.5 overs kept West Indies to 199 all out in 46.5 overs. Bangladesh chased down the target, losing three wickets, in 40.2 overs. Gazi was well supported by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak who took 3/39 in 10 overs.

Debutant Gazi shines for Bangladesh

The 21-year-old Gazi won the Man-of-the-match award.

Opener Tamim Iqbal was the topscorer with 58 while Naeem Islam remained unbeaten on 50.

Bangladesh had four debutants in this game. Apart from Gazi, Abul Hasan, Anamul Haque, and Mominul Haque played their maiden ODIs. Hasan, recently in the Test series against the same opponent, had hit a century on debut batting at number 10.

It was a great effort from the hosts in the absence of their mainstay all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who did not play today due to an injury.

When West Indies batted, it was left to Sunil Narine to add some respectability to the total. He made innings high of 36. The next best came from Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo, both making 35 apiece.

The second match of the series will be played a the same venue on Sunday.


Story first published:  Friday, November 30, 2012, 15:44 [IST]
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