Bangladesh flogs West Indies

A bril­liant un­beat­en cen­tu­ry from all­rounder Shak­ib Al Hasan steered Bangladesh to a com­mand­ing sev­en-wick­et vic­to­ry over the West In­dies at Taunton on Mon­day, a re­sult which means the re­gion­al side will now be hard­pressed make it to the next phase of the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Al Hasan hit a mas­ter­ful 124 not out and had an able part­ner in Liton Das as Bangladesh, chas­ing a record 322 for vic­to­ry, got there with al­most 10 overs to spare. This was the sec­ond high­est run chase in World Cup his­to­ry

Al Hasan's in­nings in­clud­ed 16 fours and came off 99 balls but he was aid­ed by some poor Windies bowl­ing and out field­ing on the day. He and Das, who hit 90 in­clud­ing eight fours and four six­es, hit the Windies bowlers to all parts of the ground as they shared in a 189-run part­ner­ship in just 22.3 overs.

Bangladesh's sec­ond win pushed them to fifth on the 10-team ta­ble with five points, while the West In­dies dropped to sev­enth with three. Aus­tralia still leads the ta­ble with eight points fol­lowed by New Zealand and In­dia, both with sev­en points and Eng­land with six.

Ear­li­er, a steady hand by Hope and a quick­fire half-cen­tu­ry from Het­my­er helped the West In­dies raise their biggest to­tal so far in the tour­na­ment de­spite the fail­ure of both vet­er­an open­er Chris Gayle and all-rounder An­dre Rus­sell, who both failed to trou­ble the scor­er.

Hope played an an­chor role in amass­ing 96 off 121 balls with just four fours and a six. More im­por­tant­ly, he shared in a 116-run part­ner­ship with open­er Evin Lewis, who fi­nal­ly came good with a 67-ball 70, af­ter Gayle's de­par­ture and watch Het­my­er mus­cle the Bangladesh bowlers around, in­clud­ing the longest six of the tour­na­ment, to set a good foun­da­tion.

But Hope slowed con­sid­er­ably in his 90s and even­tu­al­ly skied a catch toLin­ton Das at deep back­ward square in the 46th over to give Mustafizur Rah­man his third wick­et. As it turned out, his in­nings was not enough.

Mo­ham­mad Sai­fud­din (3/73) al­so took three wick­ets, in­clud­ing those of Gayle and Dar­ren Bra­vo off the last ball of the in­nings.

West In­dies 321-8 (Shai Hope 96, Evin Lewis 70, Shim­ron Het­my­er 50, Mo­ham­mad Sai­fud­din 3/72, Mustafizur Rah­man 3/59) v Bangladesh 322-3 (Shak­ib Al Hasan 124*, Liton Das 90*)

Re­sult: Bangladesh won by 7 wick­ets