Mon, Dec 03, 2012 - Page 20 News List

Records shatter in Bangladesh’s win

AFP, KHULNA, Bangladesh

Anamul Haque became the third-youngest Bangladeshi to hit a century before the home team spun out the West Indies for their biggest one-day-international (ODI) win of 160 runs in Khulna yesterday.

Anamul scored a dominating 120 in Bangladesh’s imposing 292-6, before spinners Abdur Razzak (3-19) and Sohag Gazi (3-21) dismissed the tourists for a low score of 132 in 31.1 overs in the second ODI for a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

The hosts took a giant leap yesterday as they achieved their biggest ODI win, improving on their 146-run win over Scotland in Dhaka six years ago.

The West Indies were never in the hunt for the big target chase, losing wickets at regular intervals as the Bangladeshi spinners once again made stroke-play difficult for the batsmen on a slow pitch.

Only Darren Bravo (28) and Kieron Pollard (25) offered some resistance as the top-order West Indian batsmen Chris Gayle (15), Marlon Samuels (16) and Lendl Simmons (nine) failed once more.

Gayle hit two boundaries and a six before edging paceman Mashrafe Mortaza to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, while Simmons and Samuels were dismissed by Gazi.

Bravo added 41 for the third wicket with Samuels before left-arm spinner Razzak struck thrice, dismissing Dwayne Smith (nought), Bravo and Devon Thomas (nought).

Earlier, it was the 19-year-old right-hander Anamul who in only his second ODI set up the win with a solid 174-run partnership with Rahim (79).

Anamul pulled a short ball from Ravi Rampaul in the 47th over to become the third-youngest Bangladeshi and the eighth-youngest in the world to score a century, behind countrymen Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan.

Anamul faced 145 balls and hit 13 fours and two sixes, lifting the innings during a sixth-wicket stand of 64 with Mominul Haque (31) as the hosts scored 86 in the last 10 overs.

The Anamul-Rahim stand is a new record for Bangladesh-West Indies ODIs, beating the 146 between Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels in Dhaka 10 years ago. It also is the highest total by Bangladesh in all ODIs against the West Indies.

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