A fine all-round performance by skipper Shakib Al Hasan (54 runs and 1 for 28) supported by Mohammad Ashraful's assuring 57 and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq's 4 wickets for 39 runs helped Bangladesh to notch up their first ever ODI win against West Indies in Dominica on Sunday.
Chasing 247 for victory, the West Indies crumbled against spin yet another time to 194 all out from 43.4 overs at the newest international venue in the Caribbean to hand the Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the three match Digicel Series.
Sent to bat by West Indies Captain Floyd Reifer, Bangladesh had their worst possible start as in-form opener Tamim Iqbal edged Kemar Roach in the very first delivery of the match, but the Tigers bounced back and posted a competitive total of 246 for 9 in 50 overs.
After the initial loss of Tamim, Ashraful and Junaid Siddique (36) steadied the ship for the Tigers by a second wicket 74 run partnership. Shakib Al Hasan continued his good form with bat and chipped in with a useful half-century while Mahmudullah made an enterprising 42 from 39 balls to give the required momentum to the Bangladesh innings.
Promising West Indies Kemar Roach again tormented Bangladesh batting line-up and bagged five for 44 runs.
In reply, West Indies struggled right from the beginning and were soon reduced to 42 for 4 in 12 overs. Devon Smith and David Bernard resurrected the West Indies innings with a 78 runs partnership. Shakib broke the partnership by trapping Smith in front and at the end Bangladesh spin quartet proved too hot to handle for the inexperienced West Indies tail-enders.
The next match of the three match series will be played at the same venue on Tuesday.