Published: Wed, June 19, 2019
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Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets

Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets

Taunton is mainly cloudy and dry and the West Indies-Bangladesh match should play out without interruption. Eight times out of eight. If we'd bowled spin against Bangladesh, everyone would have said that we should have stuck to our strengths.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman. I am hoping to see some upsets, to be honest, to keep the World Cup interesting.

West Indies slipped a little further below the drop zone after losing to Bangladesh today at Taunton. The ball eventually landed safely between Hope, running back in a vain effort to get under the ball, and Gabriel who, fearful of a possible collision with Hope, never really committed to the catch. Each time he's batted, Shakib has reached 50.

The result was no surprise.

'Everyone had their own ways to adjust to those short balls. They conceded 25 wides.

Russell's bad knees are not allowing him to express himself.

The tri-series in Ireland did wonder for Bangladesh to adjust against short bowling, Sakib said, adding that it also made them strong while chasing big. But he left the field after bowling three overs, and after six overs, and was a reluctant fielder while hobbling around.

"Shakib (Al Hasan) has delivered for the team in this World Cup".

But that was brutally snuffed out as Shakib became the second Bangladesh batsman in ODI cricket to reach 6,000 runs and underline his claims to be regarded as the best white-ball player in the world right now.

But Shakib, coming off 121 against England, was resolute. Bangladesh pulled off their joint-highest successful run chase in ODIs.

Shakib brought up his ninth ODI ton off just 83 balls with a delectable boundary through the cover off Oshane Thomas while Liton raced to his third fifty in 50-over cricket off 43 balls. Instead of settling for sure, slow things when within easy reach of the milestone, Hope moved across his wicket and flicked Mustafizur down behind square, only to find Liton Dass waiting to snaffle the chance. "We've got to win every game left to give ourselves a really good chance".

"I reckon a par score on this wicket, with the dimensions of the ground, is probably 360, 365, maybe 370, and we were well short of that", he explained.

Das came in at No. 5, and he made it work.

Earlier, Hope missed out on a hundred as the West Indies failed to capitalise on a good start to post 321/8 in 50 overs.

Shakib's unbeaten 124 off 99 deliveries helped the Tigers record the second-highest run chase in World Cup history with a seven-wicket victory.

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