Updated: Tuesday, 25 March 2014 23:38 | By Agence France-Presse

Smith lifts Windies to 171-7 against Bangladesh

Dwayne Smith smashed 72 off 43 balls as the West Indies posted a commanding 171-7 against Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 Super-10 group two match in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Smith lifts Windies to 171-7 against Bangladesh

West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith plays a shot during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament cricket match between Bangladesh and West Indies at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 25, 2014 - by Punit Paranjpe

Chris Gayle hit a run-a-ball 48 in a match the defending champions must win to stay in contention for the semi-finals, after losing their first game to India by seven wickets on Sunday.

The West Indies plundered 44 runs from the 17th to the 19th overs to move to 167-3, before losing four wickets in the final over bowled by seamer Al Amin Hossain.

Hosts Bangladesh are playing their first match in the Super-10s after qualifying with the Netherlands from the first round.

Smith dominated an opening stand of 97 by slamming 10 boundaries and three sixes, outscoring the unusually dour Gayle, whose contribution in the partnership was 19.

Smith reached his half-century off 33 balls in the 10th over with a fourth consecutive boundary off spinner Sohag Gazi.

The West Indies lost two wickets for one run as Smith top-edged a sweep off Mohammad Mahmudullah, and new batsman Lendl Simmons was stumped off a wide from Shakib Al Hasan.

Gayle opened out after Smith's dismissal, and hit two sixes and three fours before holing out in the deep off Ziaur Rahman in the 19th over.

India, Pakistan and Australia are the other teams in the group, from which two will advance to the semi-finals.

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