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.
Liton Kumar Das credited Shakib al Hasan for having taken pressure off his shoulders as well as guiding him in the middle through Bangladesh's record chase against West Indies. The Bangladesh batsman, who is originally an opener, was demoted to No.5 replacing Mohammad Mithun in the playing XI. He repaid the faith in style with an unbeaten 94 whilst supporting Shakib like an experienced middle-order batsman, and in the process adding an undefeated 189-run stand for the fourth-wicket to help Bangladesh pick up a seven-wicket win over West Indies.
"The way Shakib [bhai] batted, some of his boundaries helped me a lot and that helped me to release the pressure," he said on Monday (June 17). "At the end of the match, I want to say that I never felt this way. I scored a lot of runs in the domestic league but never finished any game. It was a big achievement for me as I finished today's match and that too in a big event like the World Cup.”
It’s a very challenging phase for me
“I didn't have much to say to Shakib bhai. The one thing I said to him is that an opportunity like this doesn't come too often. If you stay not out, your runs will increase and you will also be able to handle the match pretty well. We always want to score runs as players and also want our partners to score because it's a team game.
When he was scoring I felt really good, and when I was scoring he also felt really good because when I scored my fifty he came running towards me and gave me a hug. He also knew that I am new to this and it's a very challenging phase for me. So he helped me a lot today,'' he added.