Windies, Bangladesh win

Ahmedabad, October 4 :

West Indies opener Chris Gayle tuned up for the Champions Trophy with a blistering 101 off 82 balls in a practice match today.

The left-hander smashed 13 fours and three sixes before retiring to the pavilion as the West Indies piled up 344-5 from 45 overs against a Gujarat team.

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 tourists won by 173 runs as the locals were restricted to 171-6 in 50 overs. Seamers Corey Collymore, Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets each. The West Indies, who won the previous Champions Trophy tournament in England in 2004, open their campaign with a qualifying match against Zimbabwe on Sunday.

Brian Lara’s men will also play Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the round-robin league with the top two advancing to the tournament against Australia, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and England.

In an another match at Chandigarh, Bangladesh registered a seven-wicket victory. Aftab Ahmed top-scored with 76 and Saqibul Hasan hit an unbeaten 66 as the tourists surpassed Punjab Cricket Association President team’s total of 205 with nine overs to spare.

Bangladeshi seamers Syed Rasel and Farhad Reza grabbed three wickets apiece, while Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak finished took two each.