Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bangladesh win toss, opt to field first against West Indies

Bangladesh win toss, opt to field first against West Indies

Hope, who fell four runs shy of a century, had a partnership of 116 with Evin Lewis after fellow opener Chris Gayle went for a duck.

Das, making his World Cup debut, ended with a brilliant 94 not out off 69 balls, hitting a four to take Bangladesh to their target with 51 balls to spare.

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

The risky Chris Gayle departed for a 13-ball duck after Bangladesh won the toss and asked the West Indies to bat first, but Hope and Lewis stitched together a 116-run partnership for the second wicket to lay the platform for a competitive total.

Bangladesh were in a spot of bother when they were reduced to 133/3 in the 19th over, but Hasan and Das launched a stunning attack on the hapless Windies bowlers to make light work of what looked like a hard chase.

Opener Tamim Iqbal set the tone in the chase with six fours in his 53-ball innings of 48 before being superbly run out by Sheldon Cottrell.

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- Shakib became the fourth Bangladeshi batsman to complete 6000 runs in one-day cricket.

Hope struck only one six and four boundaries in his 121-ball knock while Lewis scored 70 before Hetmeyer smashed a 26-ball 50 and skipper Jason Holder added a quick-fire 33 to boost the West Indies total on a good pitch for batting.

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It was the equal fastest 50 in this year's tournament and the third quickest by a West Indies batsman in World Cup history.

- Shakib, with hundreds against England and now against the West Indies, has replicated Mahmudullah's feat of scoring back-to-back centuries in World Cups.

But Pooran, on 25 from 30 balls, perished when he tried to slog-sweep Hasan and miscued to Soumya Sarkar at long-on.

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