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WC 19: Shakib Al Hasan Sealed The Deal For Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan’s brilliant all-round performance led Bangladesh to an astonishing win over West Indies in the ICC World Cup 2019 at Taunton on Monday, June 17. Shakib picked up 2 wickets and smashed 124* where Bangladesh registered a seven-wicket victory.

In reply of the 322-run chase, Bangladesh started pretty slowly as the openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar initially didn’t take too many risks against a strong pace attack. However, Sarkar fell in the 9th over for 29. His dismissal brought Shakib Al Hasan on the ground.

Both Tamim Iqbal and Shakib got timely boundaries and steadied the ship with 69 runs where Shakib became second Bangladesh player to score 6000 ODI runs, after Tamim Iqbal. However, a stunning throw of Sheldon Cottrell dismissed Tamim for 48. soon, Mushfiqur Rahim too fell in quick succession and left Bangladesh 133/3 within 20 overs.

However, Liton Das joined Shakib in the middle and the two started to resurrect the innings again. Shakib scored a quickfire century while Liton Das scored a blistering 69-ball 94* which included 8 boundaries and 4 sixes. Their attacking batting helped them to reach the target very quickly. They stitched a 189-run partnership which led them to a convincing win within 42nd over. Shakib remained unbeaten for 124 off 99, including 16 boundaries.

Earlier, asked to bat first, West Indies’ in-form opener Chris Gayle fell for a 13-ball duck while the other opener Elvin Lewis scored a steady 70 off 67 where he reached his fifty in 58 balls. Sai Hope, on the other hand, scored more patiently and added 116-run with Lewis.

After Lewis’ dismissal, Nicholas Pooran scored a 30-ball 25 before his dismissal. Sai Hope once again built a partnership with Shimron Hetmye, who scored joint-fastest fifty of the tournament which came in 26 balls, including four fours and three sixes. It was the equal fastest 50 in this year and the third quickest fifty by a West Indies batsman in the history of World Cup. With this quickfire knock, Hetmyer passed 1,000 ODI runs in his 27th innings.

Later, a 15-ball 33 from captain Jason Holder, including four fours and two sixes also helped West Indies went past 300 along with Shai Hope’s 96 and they posted the total of 321-8 after 50 overs. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman bagged 3 wickets apiece for Bangladesh.

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