Tamim, Sarkar off to solid start in 322-run chase
Published : Monday, 17 June, 2019 at 8:19 PM Count : 192
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar begin 322-run chase. West Indies finished at 321/8 in 50 overs. Shai Hope hammered 96 runs before he was dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman.
The left-armer also dismissed Shimron Hetmyer and Andre Russell in the same over. Jason Holder hammered 33 in 14 balls before he holed out to Mahmudullah in Mohammad Shaifuddin’s over.
Bangladesh successfully chased down 300 plus total thrice in their cricket history with the highest of 322-4 against Scotland in 2015 World Cup, when Scotland set them a target of 319. Hope was dismissed for 96 off 121 with four fours and one six which effectively prevented West Indies from any collapse when their big-hitters showed the tendency to play one shot too many and by doing so squandered their good start in a batting paradise.
With this 96, Hope now has scored three centuries and three half-centuries in last six innings against Bangladesh. In the last six innings, his lowest score was 74.
Opener Evin Lewis struck a 67 ball-70, hitting six fours and two sixes while Shimron Hetmyer hammered 50 off just 26, smashing four fours and three sixes, including one that was 104 meter and disappeared over the stand.
It was the longest six of the tournament until his captain Jason Holder broke just after 15 minutes, smashing one over deep mid-wicket that was 105-meter long.
Holder’s 15 ball-33 runs knock was studded by four fours and two sixes.
Mustafizur Rahman (9-0-59-3) and Saifuddin (10-1-72-3) shared the spoils with three wickets apiece while Shakib chipping with figures of 2-54.
Hetmyer and Holder basically paced the innings when Hope held together it after West Indies made a slow start.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and opted to bowl first at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton, which is the smallest ground in England.