Chris Gayle/File Photo

Chris Gayle/File Photo

ST GEORGE’S, August 22, 2014 (AP) — Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo hit half-centuries as the West Indies posted 247-7 off 50 overs against Bangladesh in the second one-day international at the National Stadium on Friday.

Opener Gayle slammed five sixes and three fours in his 67-ball 58 while fellow left-hander Bravo struck two fours and a six to score 53 off 82 deliveries.

There were useful contributions from Lendl Simmons (40), Denesh Ramdin (34) and Kieron Pollard (26).

Mashrafe Mortaza led Bangladesh with 3-39, his tally taking him past Shakib-al-Hasan as the second most prolific wicket-taker for his country in this format. Fellow seamer Al-Amin Hossain took 2-60.

Al-Amin gave Bangladesh an encouraging start after the tourists won the toss and chose to bowl first, with the 24-year-old taking out the off stump of Kirk Edwards (0) to leave the score at 5-1 in the second over.

Gayle and Bravo shared a second-wicket stand of 88 to rally the hosts.

When Gayle holed out to deep midwicket off Mahmudullah’s off spin, Bravo forged another solid partnership of 51 with Ramdin.

Bravo was eventually lbw to Sohag Gazi’s off spin and, when Ramdin edged Al-Amin through to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, the innings was at a crossroads at 171-4 in the 40th over.

Simmons labored for 61 deliveries for his 40 but Pollard, fresh off his 89 in the first match, hit 26 off 20 to energize the hosts.

Sunil Narine and Jason Holder each hit a six in the final two overs to also boost the total.

West Indies won the first ODI by three wickets on Wednesday.

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