Bangladesh recorded a fabulous 7-wicket win against the Windies team last night 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 Liton Das to help Bangladesh register first ever win against the Windies in the World Cup history.
What unfurled was a dazzling innings of 94 not out from 69 balls, with eight fours and four sixes. Liton’s exceptional application, running and boundary-hitting, admitted Shakib, was the perfect foil for him.
“He never put me under pressure during the chase, so that was the best part in his innings,” he said. “And first match in the World Cup, coming into the team after three or four games, it’s not an easy situation for a player. But the way he handled the pressure was brilliant. After I think 10, 15 balls, the way he batted, I think it was a treat to watch. I enjoyed his batting from the non-striker end.”
It’s been key to our team
Shakib is now the leading run-getter of the World Cup: 384 in four innings. Each time he’s batted, Shakib has reached 50. Two hundreds, two half-centuries. For a man sidelined with injury earlier this year, the hard work is paying rich dividends.
“I’ve been contributing well with both ball, bat and with my leadership, and it’s been key to our team,” said Shakib. “I’d love to continue because there are four more games left, and if we have to play it safe, we have to play our best cricket. And everyone needs to contribute and chip in. At this moment, I’m doing well. So I need to make sure that I keep on doing what I’ve been doing.”
“At this moment I’m seeing the ball really well. I think it is one of the key part of my batting that I’ve been watching the ball really well at this moment. And I’m getting more time when I’m batting. So it’s been helping me a lot. But I keep on saying one thing – that at least four more matches left and it’s the midway of the tournament. So I have to be patient and I have to start every innings the way I’ve been starting,” Shakib concluded.