World Cup 2019: Shakib Al Hasan’s staggering century and Liton Das’s blazing 94(69) inspire Bangladesh to a record chase against West Indies.
WEST INDIES VS BANGLADESH SCORECARD:
Bangladesh: 322-3 in 41.3 overs, win the match by 7 wickets
Shakib Al Hasan: 124(99) | Liton Das: 94(69) | Andre Russell: 1-42
West Indies: 321-8 in 50 overs
Shai Hope: 96(121) | Evin Lewis: 70(67) | Mustafizur Rahman: 3-59
Player of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan
A dream match for Bangladesh as they rewrite the history books by chasing a record 322 in just 41.3 overs against West Indies at World Cup 2019.
Shakib Al Hasan looked ominous with his staggering century; also his fourth consecutive 50+ score of the tournament, while Liton Das scored a blazing 94(69) in Bangladesh’s record win.
Batting first, West Indies had a horror start as Chris Gayle went for a duck after playing 13 balls. However, a superb partnership of 116 between Shai Hope and Evin Lewis helped West Indies recover from the early loss.
Shai Hope played the perfect anchor in his 96(121) as other power hitters played small cameos around him.
Shimron Hetmyer scored a brilliant 70(67), while Nicholas Pooran’s 25(30), Shimron Hetmyer’s 50(26), and Jason Holder’s 33(15) helped West Indies reached a competitive target of 321-8 in 50 overs.
Hetmyer scored the joint fastest fifty of World Cup 2019, while Andre Russell disappointed once again with a duck to his name.
For Bangladesh, everything went right as openers gave a solid start, and middle-order stayed rock steady in the record chase.
Chasing 322, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar gave Bangladesh a fantastic start as they added 52 for the first wicket in just 8 overs.
Shakib, who has been in an amazing touch in this tournament then built another solid partnership with Tamim as the duo added 69 for the second wicket.
An unfortunate dismissal of Tamim Iqbal did give West Indies some hope, but Liton Das with his blazing 94(69) and Shakib Al Hasan’s splendid 124(99) shut the gates completely as Bangladesh chased the target of 322 in just 41.3 overs.
Regards wise, this is the highest successful chase against West Indies by any team in World Cups.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR WEST INDIES?
- Lack of a strong wicket-taking bowler in the middle overs.
- Playing only 5 specialist bowlers including the injury prone, Andre Russell.
- Chris Gayle getting dismissed for a duck after 12 dot balls.
- Mustafizur Rahman dismissing Shimron Hetmyer and Andre Russell in the 40th over.
- Sheldon Cottrell’s amazing return throw to dismiss Tamim Iqbal in the 18th over.
- Liton Das’s hattrick of sixes against Shannon Gabriel in the 38th over.
Match 24: ENGLAND VS AFGHANISTAN
Date: June 18, 2019
Time: 3 pm IST
England is riding high with back to back wins, but can Afghanistan keep their hopes alive by manufacturing a difficult win?.
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