Shakib, Liton Das star as Bangladesh chase down 321 against West Indies


Asked about what the mood was like during the innings break in match 23 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Taunton's County Ground, after West Indies set Bangladesh a target of 321, Shakib Al Hasan's reply was straight off the middle of the bat: "Everyone was chilling".

He put on 189 with Liton Das, who accumulated calmly before sensationally accelerating, hitting Shannon Gabriel for three consecutive sixes.

They also matched their own record of the second highest successful run chase in the history of the World Cup. The Windies are down in seventh.

WEST Indies suffered a seven-wicket loss to Bangladesh in the International Cricket Council 50-over World Cup today, as the regional team's goal of making the semifinals took a further blow. At no point did we panic.

West Indies will have to win their four remaining games, including tough matches against India and New Zealand, to stand a chance.

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However, he gave the credit to the team management for keeping them calm in the dressing room which helps them to perform well in the tournament. "When someone says from his heart that he wants to win, then maybe he won't win all the time but there is a possibility that he will win most of the times", he expressed. At the same stage West Indies were 122-2. I think the Ireland tri-series helped in the sense how we kept chasing totals quite easily there. Each time he's batted, Shakib has reached 50. West Indies, who were 243/5 at the end of 40 overs, could not get going in the last 10 overs as Mustafizur bowled a probing line and also got the wickets of Hetymer (50; 26 balls, 4x4 6x3), Andre Russell (0) and Hope to dent the Windies' surge.

Only Soumya Sarkar fell to a short ball in the game and that not because he wanted to save his body but was looking for an opportunity to hit a boundary over the top of the slip cordon.

"I feel I don't have take further load because I am prepared to handle any situation after working so hard, coming this far and this provides me strength at the back of my mind".

In addition, the skipper never seemed able to get the field in just the right places and, although many Bangladeshi shots went through or into the air, only one yielded a half-chance. He eclipsed Aaron Finch as leading World Cup run-scorer and brought up his century from 83 balls with a cover drive off Thomas. This year also Bangladesh scripted the historic match as the chased the huge total in just 41.3 overs which made their win more emphatic. "We have to play every game here now as a final", Holder said. We've got to beat the best teams.

Man of the Match Shakib's century comes on the back of his 121 against England at Cardiff nine days ago.