Johannesburg:Bangladesh pulled off an upset six-wicket victory over West Indies to become the first team to romp into the Super Eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup on Thursday.
Aftab Ahmed, who remained unbeaten on 62 and Mohammad Ashraful, named Man of the Match for his brilliant 61-run knock, sealed the victory for Bangladesh.
Ashraful scored the fastest fifty of the Twenty20 World Cup needing just 20 deliveries.
Earlier, opener Nazimuddin was caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan off Ravi Rampaul at one and next to follow him was Tamim Iqbal caught by Chanderpaul off a Rampaul delivery on 10.
West Indian fielders made similar goof-ups like their counterparts, Mohammad Ashraful was dropped by Fidel Edwards at fine leg off a Rampaul Delivery on two.
Aftab Ahmed and Ashraful put up a 109-run partnership in 59 balls to put Bangladesh on course for victory. Aftab also completed his half-century in the process.
Ashraful fell soon after when he was caught by Gayle off a Sarwan delivery. He scored 61 runs in 27 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes.
Earlier, West Indies scored 164 for the loss of eight wickets after being put in to bat by Bangladesh.
Chris Gayle was caught by Alok Kapali off Sayed Rasel at naught in the very first over of the match.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined DS Smith in the middle while Mohammad Ashraful experimented with spin.
However, the West Indian batsmen cashed in on this opportunity with a few fine strokes.
With the help of a six and a boundary Smith and Chanderpaul collected 15 runs in the eighth over and took the total past 50-run mark.
Chanderpaul(37) got out when he was caught by Mashrafe Mortaza off Abdur Razzak. Earlier he was dropped by dropped by Aftab Ahmed at deep midwicket on a delivery off Shakib Al Hasan in the 11th over.
DS Smith(51) lost his wicket on a straight delivery of Abdur Razzak completed his half-century with the help of six boundaries.
MN Samuels contributed 27 runs with the help two six and two boundaries before he was caught by SA Hasan off Ashraful. Next to follow him was D Ramdin (2).
Last over proved the most fruitful for Bangladesh, SA Hasan sent back DJ Bravo, RR Sarwan and DR Smith for 2, 5 and 29 respectively.
Earlier, the match got off to a delay start due to wet pitch.
This is a crucial match for West Indies as if they lose it they will be out of the tournament, while Bangladesh would like to retain its unbeaten status in the Twenty20 format.
For Bangladesh, Hasan took four wickets while Razzak sent back two batsmen, Ashraful and Rasel took one wicket each.
Bangladesh: Abdur Razzak, Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Ashraful (Capt.), Mushfiqur Rahim, Nazimuddin, Shakib Al Hasan, Syed Rasel, Tamim Iqbal.
West Indies: DJ Bravo, S Chanderpaul, FH Edwards, CH Gayle, DBL Powell, D Ramdin, R Rampaul, MN Samuels, RR Sarwan(Capt.), DR Smith, DS Smith.