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Well Dominant Bangladesh Shut West Indies Down

Bangladesh registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory with 51 balls to spare against West Indies in Taunton in CWC 2019.

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Well Dominant Bangladesh Shut West Indies Down
Shakib and Saifuddin were the two catalysts of the win against West Indies. Photo: AP

Bangladesh registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory with 51 balls to spare against West Indies at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton today.

Bangladesh pull off their highest successful ODI chase as blistering knocks from Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das saw the Tigers coast to victory with seven wickets and 8.3 overs to spare.

The Tigers equalled their highest-ever chase after also chasing down 322 against Scotland in 2015. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza won the toss and chose to bowl first against West Indies.

West Indies put on a massive total on the board against Bangladesh courtesy of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer. Hope missed out on his ton, falling to Mustafizur in the 47th over after scoring 96 but it was his ability to rotate the strike and play the anchor role, that allowed the likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder to play stormy knocks.

Captain Holder also played some big shots as Windies in the end stormed towards a challenging total. In the death overs, Mustafizur played a big hand to keep the Windies score below 330-mark.

Fizz and Saifuddin bagged three wickets each while Shakib Al Hasan bagged two for Bangladesh.Target set for Bangladesh is 322.

Bangladesh started off the chase in a steady manner with Tamim Iqbal playing second fiddle to Soumya Sarkar’s more aggressive approach. Soumya fell after a fifty-run opening stand but Tamim began to find his feet, closing in on fifty while Shakib Al Hasan at the other end looked fluent from the off.

Bangladesh put Windies under the cosh with a 69-run partnership between Tamim and Shakib but when things were looking bright, Tamim fell after a stunning pick-up and direct hit from Sheldon Cottrell off his own bowling.

Mushfiqur departed soon after and Tigers looked in trouble. Amidst the uncertainty of who will take Tigers over the ropes, it was Shakib Al Hasan who kept firing in all cylinders.

Having reached his fifty off 40 deliveries, he took the run-scoring pressure on himself while Liton Das kept rotating the strike. As Shakib edged closer to his hundred, Liton began to accelerate at the other end.

Shakib reached his ninth ODI ton off just 83 deliveries and then Liton soon reached his fifty. The duo remained unbeaten during an unbroken 189-run fourth-wicket partnership off 135 deliveries as Tigers coasted to victory.

Shakib remained unbeaten on a 99-ball 124 while Liton missed out on a ton after an unbeaten 94 off 69 deliveries.Bangladesh have enjoyed good success against West Indies in recent time as they have beaten the Caribbean side thrice in the tri-nation ODI series played in May just prior to the World Cup.

But West Indies have a different team in this World Cup considering their batting department compare to tri-nation ODI series as quite a few numbers of big hitters have been added in their ranks.

Among them two names are most prominent in the likes of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell. Both Gayle and Russell are renowned as two of the most destructive stroke makers in contemporary cricket.

Thanks to the great success of Bangladesh bowlers of resisting those to powerhouses West Indies were restricted for 321 runs in conducive batting condition at a small ground.

Sakib has been enjoying a great World Cup so far.Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan reached the 6,000-run landmark in his ODI career. He achieved the milestone in his 201 ODI.The 32-year old all-rounder averages 36.66 in ODIs with 9 tons and 45 fifties.

Shakib became the second Bangladeshi after Tamim Iqbal to go past 6,000 runs. He reached the milestone of 250 ODI wickets in the first match against South Africa and has gotten past 300 runs in just four games.

He has made 50-plus innings in all four appearances in the tournament got back to back hundreds & as well as he is the leading run scorer in world cup 2019.

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