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Sensational Shakib inspires Tigers to clinical win

  • Published at 03:03 pm June 17th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan plays a shot during their World Cup match against the West Indies in Taunton Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Taunton

The Tigers reached their target with 51 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand, securing their second win of the tournament in five games

Bangladesh chased down their 322-run target with a dominant display of batting, led by Shakib al Hasan, against the West Indies during the 2019 World Cup match at Coopers Associate County Ground in Taunton Monday.

The Tigers reached their target with 51 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand, securing their second win of the tournament in five games.  

Bangladesh’s next match will be against Australia, which will be played in Nottingham Thursday.

The Tigers now have five points in as many matches, including two wins and two losses, while their other game against Sri Lanka was washed out and the points were shared.

Chasing a challenging total, Bangladesh openers Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal started well as they posted 52.

Soumya was the first batsman who got out, scoring 29 off 23 deliveries.

Tamim then formed a promising 69-run partnership with No 3 batsman Shakib for the second wicket. 

Tamim then lost his wicket after a brilliant return throw from West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell in the 18th over shattered the timber with the former caught short of the crease. 

Tamim scored 48 off 53 deliveries.

Soon, Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed after scoring just one and Bangladesh were under pressure in pursuit of the big total.

Shakib-Liton partnership

But the in-form Shakib formed a stunning unbroken 189-run partnership with Liton Kumar Das and ensured a commanding victory.

Shakib picked up back-to-back centuries in this tournament in the last ball of the 34th over.  

Shakib was unbeaten on 124 off just 99 deliveries with 16 boundaries.

Liton, in his first match in the World Cup, played an outstanding innings as he was also undefeated on 94 of just 69 deliveries eight fours and four sixes.

It was a completely clinical display by the Bangladesh batsmen chasing a big total, and this was their eighth win against the Windies in the last 10 ODIs.

Shakib and Liton’s stand is the highest partnership for Bangladesh for the fourth wicket, and the Tigers’ 322 is the second highest successful chase jointly in World Cup history after Ireland’s chase of 328 against England in 2015.

Tigers also made 322-4 while chasing against Scotland in last edition of the tournament. 

Shakib, who got past the milestone of 6000-run in ODIs as second Bangladeshi during the innings, was adjudged man-of-the-match for his brilliant performance.

Shakib is also the highest run getter in the tournament so far with 384 runs from for matches with an average of 128. He has got past 50 runs in all four innings so far with back to back centuries. 

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Bangladesh made one change to their playing XI as Mohammad Mithun was dropped and replaced by Liton.

Gayle goes for duck but Hope shines again

Bangladesh made a good start with the ball as they got the wicket of the experienced Chris Gayle in the fourth over of the innings. 

Gayle was gone for nought facing 13 deliveries as Saifuddin initiated the breakthrough. 

The other opener Evin Lewis then added 116 for the second wicket with Shai Hope. 

Lewis scored 70 before getting out against Shakib in the 25th over of the innings. 

Hope scored plenty of runs against Bangladesh in the last one and a half years, and yet again scored a well-constructed 96 off 121 deliveries with four boundaries and one six before getting out in the 47th over.

Bangladesh bowl well in death overs

West Indies were 234 for the loss of three wickets after 38 overs, and heading towards possibly a 350-plus score. 

But Bangladesh bowlers bowled well in the death overs to restrict them to 321 in their stipulated 50 overs. 

The Tigers conceded 87 runs in the last 12 overs and took four wickets. 

Mustafizur Rahman particularly bowled well in the final overs, giving away 18 runs, and taking three wickets overall in four overs. 

He removed Shimron Hetmyer (50 off 26 balls) and Andre Russell (nought off two balls) in the 40th over, which brought Bangladesh right back into the game.

MATCH 23

WEST INDIES INNINGS        R    B

Gayle c Mushfiq b Saifuddin        0    13

Lewis c sub (Sabbir) b Shakib         70    67

Hope c Liton b Mustafizur         96    121

Pooran c Soumya b Shakib         25    30

Hetmyer c Tamim b Mustafizur     50    26

Russell c Mushfiq b Mustafizur     0    2

Holder c Mahmudullah b Saifuddin    33    15

Bravo b Saifuddin            19    15

Thomas not out            6    11

Extras (lb 6, w 16)            22 

Total (50 Overs)            321/8 

Fall Of Wickets

1-6 (Gayle), 2-122 (Lewis), 3-159 (Pooran), 4-242 (Hetmyer), 5-243 (Russell), 6-282 (Holder), 7-297 (Hope), 8-321 (Bravo)

Bowling

Mashrafe 8-1-37-0, Saifuddin 10-1-72-3, Mustafizur 9-0-59-3, Miraz 9-0-57-0, Mosaddek 6-0-36-0, Shakib 8-0-54-2

BANGLADESH INNINGS        R    B

Tamim run out (Cottrell)        48    53

Soumya c Gayle b Russell        29    23

Shakib not out                124    99

Mushfiq c Hope b Thomas        1    5

Liton not out                94    69

Extras (b 1, w 25)            26 

Total                    322/3 (41.3 Overs)

Fall Of Wickets

1-52 (Soumya), 2-121 (Tamim), 3-133 (Mushfiq)

Bowling

Cottrell 10-0-65-0, Holder 9-0-62-0, Russell 6-0-42-1, Gabriel 8.3-0-78-0, Thomas 6-0-52-1, Gayle 2-0-22-0

Bangladesh won by seven wickets

MoM: Shakib al Hasan