Superlative Shakib secure splendid win for Bangladesh
Bangladesh have eclipsed West Indies’s massive total of 321 runs with 57 balls to spare, beating the Caribbeans in the ICC Cricket World Cup match by 7 wickets at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Monday.
It has been a record win for Bangladesh chasing the highest total in limited over cricket thus far and also in the World Cup, obliged by a superlative unbeaten ton from world number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan with an well-escorted 94 not out by Litton Kumar Das.
The previous highest run-chase record was also belonged to Bangladesh when the Tigers beat Scotland overlapping 319 runs.
It has been all the way through by Shakib Al Hasan; the ace all-rounder mastered back to back hundreds in the showpiece event, propelled Bangladesh’s innings smoothly from the one down where he stepped into the field after the departure of Soumya Sarkar in the ninth over.
The two openers slanted a half century partnership finding Soumya the more aggressive one blitzing two fours and two sixes in 23 ball 29, at last caught by Gayle in the slip trying to steer Andre Russell.
Tamim, partnering with Shakib in the second wicket added 69 in the total; the solid stance got ripped off whereas the opener fall inches short of the crease against a powerful Cottrell throw. It was, albeit, unlucky for Tamim getting rid of in 48 (53 balls) smacking 6 shots to the boundary.
From then on, the Tigers didn’t hold a breath on the way to securing the massive win. The fourth wicket partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Litton Das tolled to a total of 189 – that was an unbroken one indeed.
The business was accelerated after Shakib reached into his 9th ODI ton. He became the second Bangladeshi batsman to smash consecutive centuries in World Cup after Mahmudullah Riyad hit the record in 2015 World Cup.
Litton Das, enabling his first World Cup match today cracked destructive skills of batting beside Shakib; He reached into his half century. Together they took 24 runs in the 38th over of the innings delivered by Shannon Gabriel, the highest run in an over conceived in this world cup.
Litton expeditiously scored after reaching fifty; his innings lasted up to 94 runs when Bangladesh registered the win in the third delivery of the 41st over. He faced 69 balls – smashed 8 fours and 4 sixes.
In the first half of the encounter, Mashrafe bin Mortaza’s decision of sending the Caribbeans to bat first after winning the toss was boomeranged by some prolific batting display by Shai Hope and Evin Lewis.
Bangladesh seemed to launch the attack prolifically getting rid of master hitter Chris Gayle as early as within six runs; young all-rounder Saifuddin made Gayle to nick to the wicket keeper following a stressed stay in the crease where he played 13 balls to score none.
For West Indies, Shai Hope carried the hope displaying blistering batting in accompaniment of Evin Lewis, both of them reached into their respective half centuries.
Although Bangladeshi pacers managed to pick wickets quite regularly, it failed to slow down the West Indies’ batting as they ran high on the crease.
Shakib picked up Lewis in 70 (67 balls). Hetmyer bolstered the run rate with a 26 ball 50 flicking 3 sixes with 4 boundaries.
Bangladesh reached into fifth position of the point table with this win with two wins and a shared point with Sri Lanka in the washout encounter.
West Indies 321/8 (50 overs)
Shai Hope 96, Evin Lewis 70, Shimron Hetmyer 50
Mohammad Saifuddin 3/72, Mustafizur Rahim 3/59
Bangladesh 322/3 (41.3 overs)
Andre Russell 1/42, Oshane Thomas 1/52
Result: Bangladesh won by 7 wickets.
Man of the match: Shakib Al Hasan