2019 World Cup 23rd Match: Sensational Shakib powers Bangladesh past West Indies

Shakib Al Hasan 124 not out Bangladesh West Indies World Cup 23rd Match Taunton cricket

Shakib Al Hasan celebrates after scoring his ninth ODI century

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan smashed an unbeaten 124 and took two wickets to lead his side to a seven-wicket win against the West Indies in Taunton.

Bangladesh’s made history by winning the match as their chase of 322 was their highest successful one in ODI history.

Choosing to bowl first, Bangladesh got the early breakthrough they were looking for as West Indies opener Chris Gayle was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Saifuddin for a duck.

Evin Lewis and Shai Hope made up for the loss of Gayle with a 116-run partnership, during which Lewis brought up his fifty, before he was dismissed by Shakib for a 67-ball 70, which included six boundaries and two sixes.

Nicholas Pooran mustered 25 runs before he became Shakib’s second victim.

Hope and Shimron Hetmyer stabilised the innings with an 83-run stand, during which Hetmyer registered his half-century, before he was removed by Mustafizur Rahman for a 26-ball 50, which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Mustafizur struck again three balls later as Andre Russell was caught behind for a duck.

West Indies captain Jason Holder smashed a quickfire 33 before he was dismissed by Saifuddin, while Hope went on to score 96, which came off 121 balls and included four boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Liton Das at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Mustafizur.

With Darren Bravo scoring a rapid 19 towards the end of the innings, the West Indies finished on 321/8.

Mustafizur and Saifuddin picked up three wickets apiece, while Shakib snapped up two.

Chasing 322 to win, Bangladesh got off to a solid start as Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar amassed a 52-run partnership before Sarkar was caught by Gayle at slip off the bowling of Russell for 29.

Shakib and Tamim kept the runs flowing with a 69-run stand before Tamim was run out by Sheldon Cottrell for 48.

Mushfiqur Rahim failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Oshane Thomas for one run.

However, that was to be the last taste of success for the West Indies as Shakib and Liton finished things off with an unbeaten 189-run partnership, during which Shakib brought up his hundred and Liton finished just short of his.

Shakib ended up making 124, which came off 99 balls and included 16 boundaries, while Liton remained undefeated on 94, which came off 69 deliveries and included eight boundaries and four sixes.

Russell and Thomas claimed one wicket each.

Shakib was named Man of the Match.

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