Hope’s batting heroics help West Indies level one-day series against Bangladesh

Shai Hope produced a scintillating batting performance to help West Indies level the three-match one-day series. West Indies managed to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the second game of the one-day series played in Mirpur. Hope’s incredible innings made sure West Indies still have a chance of winning silverware on the tour.

In pursuit of 256, West Indies got off to a poor start as Chandrapaul Hemraj was dismissed in the second over of the innings. Shai Hope and Darren Bravo came together and added 65 wickets for the second wicket. Bravo chipped in with 27 off 43 balls before pacer Rubel Hossain dismissed him in the 16th over of the innings.

Marlon Samuels came to the crease and put on a 62-run partnership with Hope to see West Indies placed in a good position to win the game. Samuels scored 26 off 45 balls with the help of two fours and a six. He was dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman to see West Indies lose their third wicket with 132 runs on the board. The quick dismissal of Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell did not bother Hope, who scored at a good rate at the other end. Hope brought up his third century off 118 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.S

Shai Hope quickly shifted gears and produced unbeaten 71-run stand with Kemo Paul to see West Indies complete the chase in the final over of the innings.  Hope remained unbeaten till the end and scored 146 runs off 144 balls.

West Indies beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets in the second game played in Mirpur

Earlier in the day, West Indies won the toss and opted to field first. Tamim Iqbal produced a half-century despite losing partners at the other end. Liton Das and Imrul Kayes perished for low scores but Tamim played well his natural game to see Bangladesh scoring at a good rate.  Iqbal added 111-run partnership with Rahim to see Bangladesh well placed to post a big score on the board.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo dismissed Iqbal to see West Indies make a comeback in the game. Iqbal scored 50 off 63 balls with the help of four fours and a six. Mushfiqur Rahim also played well and scored 62 off 80 balls with the help of five boundaries. Pacer Oshane Thomas dismissed him in the 26th over of the innings to see Bangladesh lose their third wicket.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah added 61-run partnership to see Bangladesh cross the 200-run mark in the 41st over. Shakib also notched up his half-century. He scored 65 off 62 balls with the help of six fours and a six. Mahmudullah also chipped in with useful 30 off 51 balls to see Bangladesh post 255 for 7 in their 50 overs.

For West Indies, Pace bowler Oshane Thomas was a standout bowler for the side with three wickets to his name. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was most economical on display for West Indies and finished with figures of 1 for 27 from 10 overs.

Shai Hope was named the man of the match for his splendid innings. The third and final game of the one-day series will be played in Sylhet on 14th December.

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