Brilliant Shakib century gives Bangladesh win against West Indies


Shakib Al Hasan excels at the World Cup against West Indies in which Bangladesh won by seven wickets in a noteworthy match. West Indies won the toss and elected to bat and scored 321 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Bangladesh achieved their highest run chase in the history of scoring the highest score in ODIs so far. That too with 51 balls remaining! For the second consecutive match, Litton Das took advantage of the opportunity he had for the first time in this World Cup to take a lead from Shakib Al Hasan, who scored a century.

This is the second highest run chase in World Cup history and Bangladesh all-time highest score against the West Indies. The world record for Ireland’s 305 runs, set by England in the 2015 World Cup, has become legendary. With this victory Bangladesh retained their chance of semifinal berth . They are fifth on the list with five points from five matches. West Indies are seventh with three points.

Shakib was unbeaten on 124 runs with 16 fours and 99 balls. Dasun hit 94 not out off 69 balls, despite the disappointment of losing the second ODI hundred. Lytton Das’ innings comprised of eight fours and four sixes. The 189-run partnership for the fourth wicket is the highest partnership by any wicket in the World Cup. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith smashed a record 173-run partnership for the third wicket against Sri Lanka in this World Cup. Tamim Iqbal (48) and Soumya Gambhir (29) also contributed well. For West Indies, Andre Russell and Oshain Thomas took one wicket each.

Superb Batting Display by Shakib

Bangladesh won one of the most memorable victories in the World Cup, under the wing of Shakib Al Hassan’s flashing form. Shakib and Litton Das put together a brilliant start to the opening wicket as the Soumya and Tamim Iqbal put together a 52-run partnership. After Andre Russell’s getting the wicket of Soumya, Shakib joined Tamim Iqbal in the second half of the Bangladesh innings. Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim returned but Shakib gave Bangladesh the most memorable victory by adding 189 runs for the fourth wicket with Litton Das.

Shakib and Litton Das put together 189 runs for the fourth wicket in just 22.3 overs (135 balls). Das, making his World Cup debut, ended with a brilliant 94 not out off 69 balls, hitting a four to take Bangladesh to their target with 51 balls to spare. He was disappointed to miss a century by six runs.

Watch Liton Das Back to Back Sixes in a Over

Jason Holder’s side will have to win their four remaining games, including tough matches against India and New Zealand, to stand a chance, but they looked stunned after a chastening defeat.

This was no shock, though – Bangladesh have now won five one-day internationals in a row against West Indies and outperformed them in all areas.

West Indies was slow to start

Despite posting a challenging total, West Indies could have scored more but for a tame start in which they scored only 32 runs off 10 overs, the lowest first powerplay score of the tournament.

Opener Gayle, who now tends to start slowly and make it up quickly, was unable to do the second part of that approach, nicking Mohammad Saifuddin behind for a 13-ball duck.

Lewis and Hope consolidated in a stand of 116 until the former was caught at long-off for 70 before Nicholas Pooran’s entertaining 25, which included him breaking a roof tile with a mighty six, was ended by another miscue.

West Indies captain Jason Holder: “We were probably 40-50 runs short. The wicket played really well but we could have been more disciplined with the ball and we let ourselves down in the field as well.”

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