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Shakib’s Stupendous Ton Seals First Win For Bangladesh Against Windies In World Cups

“Shakib stitched a match-winning 189-run partnership along with Litton Das in the successful chase of 322.”

After falling apart with that convincing loss to England, Bangladesh have come back strongly, registering a smashing 7-wicket over the Windies at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton. The Caribbean side posted a daunting first innings total on the back of valuable knocks from the trio of Shai Hope, Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer. In the second innings, Shakib Al Hasan racked up a sensational hundred to steer Bangladesh to a splendid victory. The all-rounder compiled a fabulous match-winning partnership with Litton Das to help Bangladesh register first ever win against the Windies in the World Cup history.

Hope, Lewis and Hetmyer’s vital contributions propels Windies to 321

After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, the Windies team got off to a disappointing start as their star opening batsman Chris Gayle got dismissed cheaply in the fourth over itself. The pair of Evin Lewis and Shai Hope then got together to bail their team out of the troublesome situation with an excellent partnership of 116 runs for the second wicket. Both of them registered fine half-centuries each and were looking in a solid touch, however, Lewis lost his concentration and got out to Shakib Al Hasan for a 67-ball 70.

Shimron Hetmyer came out in a dazzling mood and pummeled a sizzling cameo knock of 50 runs off just 26 balls that included of 4 fours and 3 sixes. Hope played a very responsible innings of 96 runs and stitched an important stand of 83 runs along with Hetmyer. Windies team lost quite a few wickets at the death overs stage but still finished with an imposing total of 321 runs on the scoreboard. For Bangladesh, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman picked up three wickets each.

Shakib notches up his second hundred of WC 2019

Chasing a huge target of 322 runs, the two Bangladesh openers, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar provided a solid foundation at the top with a partnership of 52 runs in just 8.2 overs. Sarkar was the first one to get dismissed off a delivery bowled by Andre Russell. The pair of Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan then added a stand of 69 runs before the former once again failed to convert his start into a big innings, getting dismissed for a 53-ball 48. Mushfiqur Rahim also got out pretty quickly halting Bangladesh’s progress at 133 for 3.

However, the ever-reliant Shakib continued his ravishing form notching up yet another half-century and also scored at a quick pace to stay ahead of the required run-rate. After Rahim’s wicket, Shakib joined hands with Litton Das to take Bangladesh’s progress further in the run-chase. The duo stitched a staggering match-winning partnership of 189 runs to help Bangladesh chase down the total with 8.3 overs to spare. Shakib compiled a brilliant unbeaten knock of 124 runs off 99 balls that included of 16 boundaries, while Litton also provided great support with an amazing 69-ball 94.

Brief Scores

Windies: 321/8 in 50 overs (Shai Hope-96, Evin Lewis-70, Shimron Hetmyer-50; Mustafizur Rahman 3/59)

Bangladesh: 322/3 in 41.3 overs (Shakib Al Hasan-124*, Litton Das-94*; Andre Russell 1/42)

Result: Bangladesh won the match by 7 wickets.