Kirk Edwards leads the way to West Indies first win in Road Safety World Series

By March 13, 2021

Kirk Edwards had a top score of 46 and Brian Lara scored an unbeaten 31 to spur West Indies Legends to their first win, a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh Legends in the Road Safety World Series Friday night.

Chasing a competitive score of 169 for 7 from Bangladesh, the West Indies got off to a flyer with William Perkins and Ridley Jacobs racing to 29 in 16 balls when Perkins was dismissed for 22 having faced 14 balls.

His dismissal brought Dwayne Smith to the crease but after looking threatening hitting two fours in the first four balls he faced, was bowled by Abdur Razzak for 10 with the score on 41.

He was replaced by Edwards, who together with Ridley Jacobs, mounted a 72-run third-wicket partnership in just 43 balls. Edwards was particularly savage on the Bangladesh bowlers smashing six fours and two sixes in his 28-ball stay at the crease before he, too, was bowled by Razzak.

Twelve runs later, Jacobs was run out for 34 on the last ball of the 14th over with the West Indies still needing 45 runs from 36 balls.

Tino Best came and went, bowled for five by Mohammad Rafique. Meanwhile, Brian Lara, who took some time to get going, hit three fours in his unbeaten 31. He and Mahendra Nagamootoo, who hit two fours in his 16 not out from 10 balls, got the West Indies across the line at 173 for 5 with seven balls to spare.

Razzak took 2-34.

After being sent to bat by the West Indies, Nazimuddin and Mehrab Hossain took full advantage smashing the West Indies bowling to all parts, scoring 64 at better than eight runs an over. It took a run out from the last ball of the eighth over to end the partnership, Nazimuddin coming up short of the crease after smashing three fours and two sixes in his 24-ball 33.

Hossain and Aftab Ahmed added 27 for the second wicket when Tino Best had the latter caught behind for 31 mid-way the 15th over. He hit four fours and a six in his 21-ball stay. Four balls later, Ryan Austin bowled Hossain for 44 and then trapped Razzak lbw for a duck.

Bangladesh kept the scoring rate up thanks to Mohammed Sharif, who hit three sixes on his way to 26 from just 13 balls. He was eventually dismissed by Suilemann Benn, who also removed Khaled Mashud and Mohammad Rafique to finish with 3-17. Austin paid a high price for his two wickets, conceding 42 runs from his four overs.

Best had figures of 1-33.

 

 

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