Alexa Shakib, Liton star as Tigers beat Windies

Dhaka, Sunday   21 July 2019

Shakib, Liton star as Tigers beat Windies

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:42 PM, 17 June 2019   Updated: 12:14 AM, 18 June 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Tigers won the 23rd match of the ongoing 12th ICC World Cup tournament beating Windies by 7 wickets as well as Tigers finally saved the hopes of the semi-finals.

Tigers pulls off their highest successful ODI chase as blistering knocks from Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das saw the Tigers coast to victory with seven wickets and 8.3 overs to spare. The Tigers equaled their highest-ever chase after also chasing down 322 against Scotland in 2015.

West Indies batsmen earned 321 runs in the first innings. To win, Bangladesh stated beating aim to score 322 runs.

In reply, Bangladesh turned sparked in the Crease. Tigers took 70 runs in the 10th over although Soumya returned after 29 runs.

Tamim-Shakib pair came into the match to bring control to Bangladesh. Tamim was run out for 48 runs while Mushfiq also returned earning 1 run immediately.

Bangladesh started off the chase in a steady manner with Tamim Iqbal playing second fiddle to Soumya Sarkar’s more aggressive approach. Soumya fell after a fifty-run opening stand but Tamim began to find his feet, closing in on fifty while Shakib Al Hasan at the other end looked fluent from the off. Bangladesh put Windies under the cosh with a 69-run partnership between Tamim and Shakib but when things were looking bright, Tamim fell after a stunning pick-up and direct hit from Sheldon Cottrell off his own bowling.

Mushfiqur departed soon after and Tigers looked in trouble. Amidst the uncertainty of who will take Tigers over the ropes, it was Shakib Al Hasan who kept firing in all cylinders. Having reached his fifty off 40 deliveries, he took the run-scoring pressure on himself while Liton Das kept rotating the strike.

As Shakib edged closer to his hundred, Liton began to accelerate at the other end. Shakib reached his ninth ODI ton off just 83 deliveries and then Liton soon reached his fifty. The duo remained unbeaten during an unbroken 199-run fourth-wicket partnership off 135 deliveries as Tigers coasted to victory. Shakib remained unbeaten on a 99-ball 124 while Liton missed out on a ton after an unbeaten 94 off 69 deliveries.

In the end, Bangladesh beat Windies by seven wickets in 322 runs in 41.3 overs.

Earlier, Tigers captain Mashrafee Bin Mortaza sent West Indies to bat after winning the toss. Windies created a massive score of 321 runs depending on Hope’s 96 and Lewis 70 runs. Saif and Mustafiz took 3 wickets each for Bangladesh.

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