Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das power Bangladesh to record run-chase

Bangladesh became the first side in this World Cup to chase a score in excess of 300 against West Indies in a game played at Taunton. Shakib Al Hasan smashed unbeaten century to see Bangladesh chase down a score of 321 runs with almost eight overs to spare.

Earlier in the day, West Indies got off to a poor start as Chris Gayle registered a duck to see Mohammad Saifuddin provide early breakthrough for the side. Evin Lewis found form with the bat and put on a 116-run partnership with Shai Hope to lead the recovery for West Indies.

Lewis scored 70 off 67 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Shakib Al Hasan came into the attack and got rid of Lewis, who was looking to put in a big score for West Indies.

Nicholas Pooran produced a nice cameo of 25 runs and kept the scoreboard ticking for West Indies in the middle phase of the innings.

Shimron Hetymer found form with the bat in this game and scored a quick-fire half-century to see West Indies placed in a great situation to post a competitive total on the board. He added 83 runs with Shai Hope to provide ideal foundation for the likes of Jason Holder and Andre Russell to go berserk in the later stages of the innings.

Hetmyer scored 50 off 26 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. Left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman got rid of Hetmyer at a crucial stage in the game. Hope continued to anchor the innings for West Indies and fell four runs short of richly-deserved century. He scored 96 off 121 balls with the help of four fours and a six.

Captain Jason Holder and Darren Bravo produced brisk cameos to see West Indies post 321 for 8 after 50 overs.

For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin bowled well and picked six wickets between them. Shakib Al Hasan also picked up key wickets of Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran in this game.

Chasing 322 runs to win, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal got Bangladesh off to an excellent start. The opening pair put on a 52-partnership to set the tone for Bangladesh’s chase. Andre Russell came into the attack and dismissed Sarkar to see Bangladesh lose their first wicket.

Tamim Iqbal was joined by Shakib Al Hasan as both decided to play positively and keeps the scoreboard ticking for Bangladesh. Iqbal looked good in his inning and scored 48 off 53 balls with the help of six boundaries. A scintillating piece of fielding from Sheldon Cottrell saw Iqbal make his way back to the pavilion.

West Indies bowled too short on a wicket that provided no assistance to the quick bowlers. The likes of Oshane Thomas and Shannon Gabriel kept bowling short to Shakib, who picked up boundaries at regular intervals.

Wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das came to the crease and played a supporting role to Shakib Al Hasan. The duo put on a match-winning 189 run partnership in just 22 overs to see Bangladesh register a comprehensive win over West Indies.

Liton Das clubbed 94*off 69 balls with the help of eight fours and four sixes. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored 124 not out off 99 balls with the help of six boundaries.

Shakib Al Hasan was named man of the match for his blistering ton for Bangladesh against West Indies.

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