Bangladesh blew away West Indies in a crucial match of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament in Taunton on Monday to stay alive for the semifinal race.
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s century powered his team to a seven-wicket victory in the game against West Indies at Cooper Associates County Ground.Shakib was adjudged the player of the match for his brilliant batting and bowling performances. He scored 124 runs off 99 balls and picked two wickets.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and decided to bowl first in the must-win game against West Indies.
West Indies posted a massive total of 321 runs for eight wickets against the Tigers.
The Tigers chased down the target comfortably, losing 3 wickets with 51 balls to spare.
With this win, Bangladesh climbed up to the fifth position on the points table of the cricket extravaganza.
Shakib Al Hasan reclaimed his spot as the top run-scorer of the ongoing tournament with 384 runs to his name scoring his second consecutive century worth 124 runs.Shakib’s 183-run partnership with World Cup debutant Liton Das sealed the victory for Bangladesh.
In their chase of 321 runs, the Tigers were clinical since the start as opener Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar put on 52 runs on the scoreboard without losing any wicket.
Tamim returned to form in a magnificent style scoring 48 runs off 53 balls while Soumya Sarkar looked dashing during his 23-ball stay as he scored 29 runs.
Shakib came into the middle and took on the Windies line-up as he smashed 16 fours to all sides of the park playing risk-free cricket.
Wicketkeeper-cum-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim failed to fire as he returned to dugout after scoring just a single run.
But his return brought into the crease Liton Das who grasped the opportunity with both hands scoring a devastating 88-run innings from 66 balls.
The Shakib-Liton stand nullified Windies’ short-ball tactics with unorthodox shots, uppercutting the shorter ones to boundaries as the unbeaten partnership brought Bangladesh to the shores of victory.
Caribbean pacers Andre Russel and Oshane Thomas took one wicket each.
Earlier, West Indian Shai Hope again stood tall against Bangladesh to help West Indies compile the respectable total.
In a must-win game for both sides to stay alive for the semifinal race, Hope scored 96 runs off 121 balls with 4 fours and a six, which effectively prevented West Indies from any collapse when their big-hitters showed the tendency to play one shot too many.
Mashrafe Mortaza opened the attack and bowled maiden over at the start of the innings as Mohammad Saifuddin managed to send back Chris Gayle for a duck.
West Indies looked set to take the control of the match despite losing the wickets of Evin Lewis for 70 runs off 67 balls as Shakib Al Hasan removed him when he tried to hit a big shot but mistimed to long-off.
Lewis and Shai Hope had added 118 runs in the second wicket stand to lay the perfect platform for the lower order to exploit in the Taunton ground, believed to be the smallest in the ongoing World Cup.
Bangladesh began to take the grip on the match Shakib removed Nicholas Pooran but Hope along with Shimron Hetmyer added 81 runs to the board that was largely due to the explosive half-century by Hetmyer- 50 runs off 26 balls adorned with four boundaries and three sixes which set the tone for late assault by the West Indian.
Cutter-master Mustafizur Rahman bowled brilliantly to pick up both Hetmyer and Andre Russel in quick succession but Windies skipper Jason Holder came into the scene with his herculean effort scoring a cameo of 33 runs off 15 balls while his partner Darren Bravo made 19 runs off the same number of deliveries.
The Tigers pacers led the charge for Bangladesh with sensational bowling from Saifuddin and Mustafizur.
They picked three wickets each for 72 and 59 runs respectively while Shakib stuck to the basics and picked up two wickets for 54 runs.
joint highest one-day international run chase put them behind only Ireland’s 329-7 against England in 2011 in the history of successful World Cup chases.