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Windies take first win in Bangladesh

West Indies posted their first win of the World Twenty20 Championship when they brushed aside hosts Bangladesh by 73 runs at the Shere Bangla Stadium today.

Sent in, they tallied 171 for seven, with Man-of-the-Match opener Dwayne Smith blasting a top score of 72 from 43 balls while his partner Chris Gayle scored a strangely sedate run-a-ball 48.

The pair added 97 for the first wicket but once Smith departed, the Windies failed to find a meaningful partnership.

They were held back by a brilliant spell from young seamer Al-Amin Hossain who grabbed three for 21, with all three wickets coming in a superb last over that cost just four runs.

West Indies then put the Bangladesh innings into early turmoil with quick strikes, as left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie struck twice in successive deliveries in the fourth over, to reduce the hosts to 16 for three.

Thereafter, only captain Mushfiqur Rahim with 22 showed any fight as Santokie with three for 17 and leg-spinner Samuel Badree, four for 15, crippled the innings leaving the hosts 98 all out off 19.1 overs.

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