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The Report by Mohammad Isam in Khulna
November 28, 2012
West Indians 361 for 7 (Simmons 84, Thomas 61*) beat BCB XI 243 (Kayes 43, Mominul 43, Narine 3-47) by 118 runs
Series/Tournaments: West Indies tour of Bangladesh
The West Indians warmed up perfectly for the five-ODI series with a 118-run win over BCB XI in Khulna, where most of their batsmen and bowlers had time in the middle. Opening batsman Lendl Simmons led the domination with a quick half-century after acting captain Kieron Pollard decided to bat on a placid track.
Simmons hit 12 fours and a couple of clean sixes during his 82 off 81 balls but the next four batsmen were all dismissed in the thirties. Pollard was his usual brutal self during a 28-ball 44. However, it was wicketkeeper Devon Thomas who was happiest, making an unbeaten 61 that took the West Indians' total past 350. Thomas struck three sixes and five fours during his 43-ball innings and 97 runs came off the last ten overs.
Elias Sunny took three wickets while Marshall Ayub and Farhad Reza claimed two each. The most impressive part of BCB XI's bowling was the three consecutive yorkers that Reza delivered to Andre Russell in the 38th over, with the West Indies allrounder getting bowled by the last of those deliveries.
BCB XI began the chase of 361 with a 63-run opening stand. Opener Imrul Kayes, who is not in contention for a place in the Bangladesh ODI squad, batted fluently but fell for 43. Anamul Haque, who is set to make his ODI debut in Khulna, struggled and made just 22 off 42 balls.
Mominul Haque scored 43 off 57 balls, but once he and Ayub fell, the innings was all but over. Sunny was unbeaten on 37 off 29 balls and BCB XI were bowled out for 243 runs in 49.1 overs.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondentFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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