PM greets team
Tigers crush Windies
Shakib hits consecutive tons, highest scorer of the tournament so far
Riding on the all-round performance of Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh registered dominating seven wickets win against West Indies in the 23rd clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Monday at the tinny Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
This is their record chase in ODI and World Cup as well. They chased 321 against Scotland in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia. Earlier in the morning, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza preferred to chase winning the toss and restricted West Indies at 321 for eight after bowling brilliance from Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin and Shakib Al Hasan. Saifuddin gave Bangladesh the initial breakthrough in the second delivery of the fourth over. Chris Gayle's bat kissed the ball to be nested in Mushfiqur Rahim's gloves. The big man went yet before opening the account.
Evin Lewis found Bangladesh to regain his form, who stood 116-run second wicket stand accompanying Shai Hope. Incredible 70 off 67 from Lewis paved the way of 300 plus score for the Caribbeans.
Shai Hope reclaimed extol from cricket whiz, who once again shone as he usually does against Bangladesh. The wicketkeeper batsman went four short of his ton and undoubtedly was the architect of Windian innings.
The Caribbean storm in the later-half of the innings from Shimron Hetmyer and Captain Jason Holder landed them in a comfort zone. Hetmyer scored 50 from 26 deliveries while Holder had gone for windy 33 off 18 balls.
Mustafiz and Saifuddin were phenomenal during slog overs to keep Windian giants well below of 350. The two death specialist conceded 33 runs only in their last five overs to claim two wickets. Saifuddin, Mustafiz preyed three Windian wickets each and Shakib grasped the rest two.
To chase 321, Bangladesh got initial start from opening pair before good-looking Soumya Sarkar throwing his wicket playing a bad-looking shot. Soumya wanted to guide a bouncer from Andre Russell to slip cordon despite having two slip-fielders and Chris Gayle made no mistake standing at first sleep to take the easy catch. Soumya gathered 29 from 22 facings as Bangladesh were at 70 for one after powerplay overs.
Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan stood 69 runs before poor Tamim got run out remaining two short of fifty. Mushfiqur Rahman followed Tamim too quick as Bangladesh started to tremble in the Middle.
Shakib Al Hasan by all means dominated over West Indians, who picked up his back to back ton. He hit four in the last ball of 34th over delivered by Oshane Thomas to get the eighth ODI century of his career.
Shakib, the player of the match, also the highest scorer of the tournament so far with 384 runs, remained not out scoring 124 runs, who also have five scalps with the ball. Liton Das on the other hand, outshone with unbeaten 94 runs from 69 balls on his World Cup debut yesterday.
The two batsmen set the new record of 4th wickets' partnership of 189 runs for Bangladesh as well. Mighty pull from Liton to Shannon Gabriel's bouncers find the fence as Bangladesh got comfortable seven wickets win with 51 balls to spare.
Prime Minister greeted Tigers after their emphatic victory. With this win, the Tigers soared on the fifth spot in the point table having five rating points. They will take on Australia in their next World Cup clash on June 20 at the Trent Bridge Ground in Nottingham.