Shakib century guides Bangladesh to stunning win over Windies

Tanya Simon
June 19, 2019

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".

Bangladesh's highest one-day worldwide run chase put them behind only Ireland's 329-7 against England in 2011 in the history of successful World Cup chases.

"Stop looking for excuses and start finding solutions", said West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick, urging his side to stick together and come back stronger after suffering a crushing seven-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in the World Cup here. Because what used to happen earlier is that we used to panic in the dressing room.

But Bangladesh strolled to victory with 51 balls to spare, and claim not only their seventh win in eight games against the West Indies but a first in World Cup competition. Give Bangladesh credit. They played well and they're an improving side. "There might be some upsets along the way, there may be weather interventions, so they have to keep winning", Ambrose, who took part in three World Cup between 1992 and 1999, said.

"Of course it hurts to see the West Indies struggle".

Holder also admitted that batting in the initial stage could have been done better as lack of momentum in the middle overs hurt them towards the end of the innings. "That probably was the toughest period of the innings", he said during yesterday's post-match conference.

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Shakib has now scored two centuries at the World Cup after hitting 121 against England. "Playing today was important because I think when you play a match your nervousness goes away and these things will help me a lot in the coming days", he added. "I thought with the pitch dimensions we could have got 365-375 but we were well short, 40 or 50 runs".

Das capitalised expertly, initially knocking it around to reach 50 off 43 balls before hitting his next 44 runs off just 26 deliveries as Bangladesh rushed to victory in front of their joyous fans.

There was one wicket each for Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas. This was Liton's first World Cup match, having been drafted in for for Mohammad Mithun.

"I don't know if this is the best I have been batting or not, but so far it's going well and, fingers crossed, hope it continues", he said.

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. "But we can stand here, saying "if this" and "if that" - we didn't play well, we've lost the cricket game and that's that".

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