Hope showed the temperament that is needed to deal the Bangladesh bowlers
The West Indies opener Shai Hope is confident of a 2-1 ODI series win.
The Caribbean side levelled the series 1-1 with a four-wicket win against host Bangladesh.
This was also their first win in the tour.
Bangladesh had gone into the game at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday backed by a 1-0 lead having won the first game.
However, right-handed batsman Hope denied the Tigers an early series win with his unbeaten 146-run innings.
He also helped put three crucial fifty-plus stands in the Windies chase.
Batting first, Bangladesh posted 255 runs.
The Windies chase swung like a pendulum but eventually the game went in the visitor’s favour with Hope making a difference with his third century in the format.
The series is now level with the third and final ODI at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Friday turning into a decider.
“Definitely, we have come here to win the matches. We came here to fight and make sure we finish the series 2-1,” said man-of-the-match Hope to the media in Mirpur yesterday.
Hope’s match-winning unbeaten innings should inject confidence in the Windies dressing room.
The side had been in struggling against the Bangladesh bowlers for the majority of the tour.
But yesterday, Hope showed the temperament that is needed to deal the Bangladesh bowlers.
“We wanted to just bat as deep as possible. We know Keemo (Paul) has very good batting ability. I had full confidence in him. We just tried to rotate the strike as best as possible. We knew the wicket was bit difficult to come in and strike from ball one so he played a very crucial hand here to go over the line,” said Hope.
“It was a bit slow. When the bowlers took some pace off, it was a lot more difficult to get bat on ball especially against Fizz (Mustafizur Rahman). His off-cutters were quite difficult to get away in the crucial stage. The wicket wasn’t the best for stroke-play but it was much better than the last game,” the 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman added.
Following the ODI series, Bangladesh will face the Windies in a three-match T20I series.
BANGLADESH INNINGS R B
Tamim c Roach b Bishoo 50 63
Liton c Hetmyer b Paul 8 14
Imrul c Hope b Thomas 0 6
Mushfiq c Hope b Thomas 62 80
Shakib b Roach 65 62
Mahmudullah c Hetmyer b Powell 30 51
Soumya c Bishoo b Thomas 6 8
Mashrafe not out 6 11
Miraz not out 10 10
Extras (b 1, lb 3, nb 5, w 9) 18
Total (50 Overs) 255/7
Fall Of Wickets
1-14 (Imrul), 2-125 (Tamim), 3-132 (Mushfiq), 4-193 (Mahmudullah), 5-208 (Soumya), 6-234 (Liton), 7-239 (Shakib)
Roach 10-0-39-1, Thomas 10-0-54-3, Chase 3-0-22-0, Paul 10-0-68-1, Bishoo 10-1-27-1, Powell 7-0-41-1
WEST INDIES INNINGS R B
Hemraj lbw b Miraz 3 6
Hope not out 146 144
Bravo b Rubel 27 43
Samuels c Mushfiq b Mustafizur 26 45
Hetmyer c sub (Nazmul) b Rubel 14 10
Powell c Soumya b Mashrafe 1 2
Chase c Tamim b Mustafizur 9 18
Paul not out 18 31
Extras (lb 5, nb 1, w 6) 12
Total (49.4 Overs) 256/6
Fall Of Wickets
1-5 (Hemraj), 2-70 (Bravo), 3-132 (Samuels), 4-155 (Hetmyer), 5-157 (Powell), 6-185 (Chase)
Shakib 10-0-28-0, Miraz 9-0-39-1, Mustafizur 10-1-63-2, Mashrafe 10-1-52-1, Mahmudullah 1.4-0-12-0, Rubel 9-0-57-2
West Indies won by four wickets
MoM: Shai Hope