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Cricket World Cup 2019: Bangladesh Ride on Shakib's All-Round Showing

Cricket World Cup 2019: Bangladesh Ride on Shakib's All-Round Showing Photo: TT
Shakib al Hasan Drove Bangladesh to a Win over West Indies

Bangladesh beat the West Indies by seven wickets, as they successfully completed the second highest run chase in World Cup history.

Bangladesh won the toss in Taunton and invited the West Indies to bat first, enjoying an early breakthrough when Mohammad Saifuddin had Chris Gayle caught behind without scoring. However, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope then added 116 for the second wicket until Lewis, who had made 70, including 2 sixes, was caught by a substitute fielder off Shakib al Hasan. Nicolas Pooran scored a brisk 25, but he became the third wicket to fall, caught by Soumya Sarkar, with Shakib again the bowler.

Shimron Hetmyer joined Hope at the crease, and the pair shared a stand of 83 until Hetmyer, who had reached 50, and had struck 3 sixes, fell to the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman, caught by Tamim Iqbal. Three balls later, Mustafizur struck again, removing Andre Russell, caught behind. Captain Jason Holder scored 33, off just 15 balls, including 2 sixes, but he became the sixth man to fall, caught by Mahmudullah, with Saifuddin the bowler.

Hope had anchored the innings reining in his attacking instincts on behalf of the team but he fell for 96, four short of his century, holing out to Mustafizur at deep square leg. That left Darren Bravo and Oshane Thomas to add a further 24, before Bravo was out for 19 off the last ball of the innings, bowled by Saifuddin, as the West Indies finished their 50 overs on 321 – 8.

In response Bangladesh get off to a solid start, with Tamim Iqbal and Soumya putting on 52 for the first wicket, until Soumya fell for 29, caught by Gayle off Russell. He had struck two sixes. Then Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan put on 70 before Tamim was run out by Sheldon Cottrell for 49.

Mushfiqur was caught behind of Oshane Thomas cheaply, but Shakib and Liton Das then took the match away from the West Indies, with an unbeaten stand of 189 for the 4th wicket. It was the second-highest for the fourth wicket in World Cup cricket.

Shakib led the way with an undefeated 124, his 8th ODI century, which featured 16 fours. He was brilliantly supported by Das, who finished on 94 not out, including 4 sixes and 8 fours. Together they reached their target with more than 8 overs to spare, as the West Indies World Cup chances evaporated.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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