ICC World Cup 2019 Sports

Bangladesh defeat West Indies by 7 wickets to keep World Cup hopes alive

Shakib Al Hasan on Monday hit his ninth ODI hundred leading Bangladesh to a 7-wicket win over West Indies in a thrilling game in Taunton. The win keeps Bangladesh’s campaign alive in the World Cup 2019.

Shakib Al Hasan’s completed an unbeaten 124 off 83 balls to pull off their joint-highest successful run chase in ODIs as they reached the target of 322 in 41.3 overs. They matched their own record of the second highest successful run chase in World Cup history.

This was Bangladesh’s second win of the tournament and also Shakib’s second successive century in this edition. Shakib also completed 6000 runs in ODI cricket. He is only the second Bangladeshi cricketer to achieve the feat after Tamim Iqbal and only the fourth player overall to score over 6000 runs and take 250 wickets in the format after Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka), Jacques Kallis (South Africa) and Shahid Afridi (Pakistan).

The win also lifted Bangladesh to fifth on the points table with five points behind Australia, New Zealand, India and England.

Shakib was superbly assisted during the chase by Litton Das (94 not out) as the duo added 189 runs for the unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership to guide Bangladesh to victory. Tamim Iqbal also made a crucial contribution at the top, scoring 48 off 53 balls while fellow opener Soumya Sarkar made 29 off 23 balls.

The West Indies bowlers once again struggled to take wickets and keep the scoring rate under check on a good batting track in Taunton. Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas struck once each while the rest failed to fire which led to West Indies’ downfall.

This was West Indies’ third loss in five matches and it saw them drop down to seventh on the points table.

Earlier, West Indies batsman Shai Hope hit a patient 96 while Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer also made half-centuries to help the former champions post a competitive 321-8 from 50 overs after being put into bat.

Hope struck only one six and four boundaries in his 121-ball knock while Lewis scored 70 before Hetmyer smashed a 26-ball 50 and skipper Jason Holder added a quick-fire 33 to boost the West Indies total on a good pitch for batting.

The dangerous Chris Gayle departed for a 13-ball duck after Bangladesh won the toss and asked the West Indies to bat first, but Hope and Lewis stitched together a 116-run partnership for the second wicket to lay the platform for a competitive total.

Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers as he claimed three wickets, including those of Hope and Hetmyer, while Mohammad Saifuddin also finished with three to restrict the Caribbean side.

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