Emphatic wins for West Indies and Bangladesh
AHMEDABAD: West Indies opener Chris Gayle tuned up for the Champions Trophy with a blistering 101 off 82 balls in a practice match here on Wednesday.
The left-hander smashed 13 fours and three sixes before retiring to the pavilion as the West Indies piled up 344 for five from 45 overs against a Gujarat team at the Motera stadium.
Runako Morton hit a run-a-ball 91 during a second-wicket stand of 227 with Gayle and Wavell Hinds made 61 off 58 balls.
The tourist won by 173 runs as the locals were restricted to 171 for six despite batting for 50 overs. Seamers Corey Collymore, Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets each.
The West Indies, which won the previous Champions Trophy tournament in England in 2004, opens its campaign with a qualifying match against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
Meanwhile in another match played at Chandigarh, Aftab Ahmed and Shakib Al Hassan helped Bangladesh warm-up for their Champions Trophy qualifying match in style, with an emphatic seven-wicket win against PCA President's XI.
Aftab, who was declared man-of-the-match, smashed 76, aided by two sixes and eight boundaries while Hassan, who hit 66, gave an able support at the other end.
Chasing 206 for victory, Bangladesh made 208 for three in 41 overs with Hassan, who partnered with skipper Habib-ul Basher after Aftab was trapped leg before by Bipul Sharma, completing the formalities.
Earlier, electing to bat, PCA XI began on a disastrous note losing five wickets for just 75. Uday Kaul (47) and pacer Amit Uniyal (34) showed some resistance down the order, but the host could never really recover from the top order collapse.
Skipper Pankaj Dharmani (6) was among the six batsmen who failed to reach double figures. The Punjab team, however, survived to play till the 50th over.
For Bangladesh, Sayed Rasel and Farhad Reza inflicted the maximum damage claiming three wickets each. Abdul Razzak and M. Rafique claimed two scalps each.
Uniyal tried to make early inroads by picking the openers Shariar Nafees (29) and Mohammad Ashraful (6) but Aftab Ahmed murdered the Punjab attack.
The scores: West Indies 344 for five in 45 overs (C. Gayle 101 retd., R. Morton 91, W. Hinds 61, A. Makda three for 65) bt Gujarat XI 171 for six in 50 overs (N. Patel 37).
PCA President's XI 205 in 49.1 overs (Uday Kaul 47, Sunny Sohal 36, Amit Uniyal 34, Sumit Sharma 28; Farhad Reza three for 32, Syed Rasel three for 38) lost to Bangladesh 208 for three in 41 overs (Aftab Ahmed 76, Saqibul Hasan 66 not out, Shariyar Nafees 29). Agencies