Kemar Roach, Kraigg Brathwaite help West Indies go 1-0 up

West Indies 265 (Brathwaite 94, Blackwood 63, Mehidy 4-65) and 88 for 3 (Campbell 58*, Blackwood 26*, Khaled 3-27) beat Bangladesh 103 and 245 (Nurul 64, Roach 5-53, Joseph 3-55) by seven wickets

John Campbell smashed the winning six as West Indies needed only seven more overs to beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the first Test on Sunday.

West Indies finished on 88 for 3 after resuming the fourth day on 49 for 3 in the second innings, needing 35 more runs to clinch the series opener.

Campbell accelerated his scoring rate on Sunday and finished the match with a six over long off against Najmul Hossain Shanto. He hit nine fours and one six in his 58 not out. Jermaine Blackwood at the other end was undefeated on 26 after the pair came to their team’s rescue with a fourth-wicket partnership of 79.

Out-of-form Bangladesh had given the hosts a scare on Saturday, at one stage reducing the West Indies to 9-3 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

West Indies scored 265 in the first innings. Bangladesh had 103 and 245. Kemar Roach was named Player of the Match for this match haul of 6 for 74.

Bangladesh medium pacer Khaled Ahmed, who took three wickets in 11 balls on day three, was unable to break through again. He finished with 3-27 from eight overs.

The second and final test starts Friday in St Lucia.

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