First One-Day International

West Indies v Bangladesh

Fazeer Mohammed

At St Vincent, May 15, 2004. West Indies won by one wicket. Toss: West Indies. One-day international debut: T. L. Best.

West Indies' last pair clung on to avoid a humiliating defeat after carelessness and complacency left them nine down, and still 12 runs short, in pursuit of a modest 145. Such a tense finale had seemed unlikely when Bangladesh hobbled to 82 for eight in the 33rd over after Tino Best had emulated Clive Lloyd (at The Oval in 1973) by taking two wickets in his first one-day international over for West Indies. Only an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 62 brought Bangladesh some respectability. While Powell was hitting a typically robust 52 in reply, it looked as if West Indies would hardly miss Brian Lara, resting his injured finger as a precaution. But then the collapse began: five wickets for 14, two to panicky run-outs. With the tension mounting and the Bangladeshis hardly believing they were so close to such a triumph, Bradshaw and Edwards crawled to victory. Bradshaw's cool head - and his exemplary two for 11 from ten overs - won him the match award.

Man of the Match: I. D. R. Bradshaw.

© John Wisden & Co