A Masterclass from Shakib helps Bangladesh cruise to 7-wicket win against West Indies
The more you see West Indies on the field, the more you feel that their first encounter against Pakistan was a bit of a fluke.
West Indies 321 - 8 (50 Overs) [Shai Hope(wk) 96(121), Lewis 70(67); Mustafizur 3/59, Saifuddin 3/72]
Bangladesh 322 - 3 (41.3 Overs) [Shakib 124(99), Liton Das 94(69); A Russell1/42, Thomas1/52]
Result- Bangladesh won by 7 wickets
West Indies got off to a slow start after being put in to bat by Bangladesh, so much so that a free-flowing player like Chris Gayle got out for a duck after facing 13 dot deliveries. Evin Lewis also started off slowly but upped the ante as the game moved forward.
It was wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope who played the role of the sheet anchor as always, while other big-hitters played around him. Unfortunately, he fell short of a century by just four runs.
Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder accelerated the Windies run scoring at the end, with Hetmyer notching up his half-century from just 25 balls, the joint-highest of this World Cup, along with Australia's Alex Carey. Hetmyer brought up his half-century by hitting a mammoth 104m six, the highest of the tournament at that point, but got out soon after.
A few deliveries later, Jason Holder hit a 105m six but he could not last long as well. This was more or less the story of West Indies, who showed sparks of brilliance but could not sustain it for a longer period.
Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman claimed three wickets each, while Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with two.
Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar got off the team to a quick start and the side was ahead of the required run rate for most part of the chase.
After Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed by Oshane Thomas and Liton Das came to the crease, he along with Shakib, only put the foot on the pedal further as Bangladesh were successful in chasing down the mammoth 322-run total with more eight overs to spare.
The Tigers won the game by seven wickets to register their highest ever ODI chase and the second-highest chase of World Cup history.
West Indies- Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel
Bangladesh- Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman
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