Pollard, Ramdin rescue Windies

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All-rounder Kieron Pollard and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Ramdin orchestrated a superb rescue mission, as the West Indies emerged victorious by three wickets over Bangladesh in Wednesday's first ODI at the National Cricket Stadium in St George's, Grenada.

All-rounder Kieron Pollard and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Ramdin orchestrated a superb rescue mission, as the West Indies emerged victorious by three wickets over Bangladesh in Wednesday's first ODI at the National Cricket Stadium in St George's, Grenada.

The hosts climbed to a testing total of 217 for nine on the back of a sterling century from opener Anamul Haque – and later reduced the opposition to 34 for five amid a telling opening spell from fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain.

Pollard and Ramdin, however, righted the preceding wrongs by collecting a redemptive 145-run alliance inside 22 overs. The former proved the aggressor, cracking five fours and a a sextet of sixes en route to a cavalier 89 from 70 deliveries.

Ramdin, meanwhile, cherished a complementary 74 from 76, – six fours and a solitary six included. Triumph eventually arrived with all of 62 delivieres to spare. Haque's century and Al-Amin's four-for, ultimately, went in vain. The hard-hitting Pollard was named Man of the Match, despite stiff competition from skipper Dwayne Bravo.

Bravo, earlier, secured fine figures of four for 32 – and was instrumental in the removal of Haque. Anamul's three-figure was lined with 11 fours and a six – and spanned a patient 138 deliveries.

The second ODI will get underway at the same venue on Friday. The third will be hosted at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts, on Monday. A one-off Twenty20 International will follow 48 hours later.

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