ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

West Indies vs Bangladesh - Match 23

Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Date & Time: 17 June 2019

Bangladesh 322/3

RR: 7.75 | Bangladesh beat West Indies by 7 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Tamim Iqbal run out run out 485360
Soumya Sarkar c Chris Gayle & b Andre Russell c Chris Gayle & b Andre Russell 292322
Shakib Al Hasan not out not out 12499160
Mushfiqur Rahim c Shai Hope (W) & b Oshane Thomas c Shai Hope (W) & b Oshane Thomas 1500
Liton Das not out not out 946984
Mosaddek Hossain
Mohammad Saifuddin
Mehedi Hasan
Mashrafe Mortaza
Mustafizur Rahman
Extras 26 (b 1, lb 0, w 25, nb 0)
Total 322 (3 Wkts, 41.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
52-1 (Soumya Sarkar,8.2), 121-2 (Tamim Iqbal,17.3), 133-3 (Mushfiqur Rahim,19),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Sheldon Cottrell10 0 65 0 6.50
Jason Holder9 0 62 0 6.89
Andre Russell6 0 42 1 7.00
Shannon Gabriel8.3 0 78 0 9.40
Oshane Thomas6 0 52 1 8.67
Chris Gayle2 0 22 0 11.00

That is it from Monday. The hosts come back in action on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, taking on Afghanistan in Manchester. That looks to be a one-sided game on paper but if the Afghans get on a roll, you never know. Join us at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT) for all the action from game number 24. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Bangladesh move to number 5 in the points table with 5 points from as many games. They still seem to be away from the top four but that is mainly because of the aura of Australia, England, New Zealand and India. In this tournament, any team can beat any other (as Pakistan showed against England) and Bangladesh will be looking to relive that. West Indies drop down to 7th and are almost facing an exit, simply because of the challenges that await them next - New Zealand and India.

Victorious Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, is quietly confident about Bangladesh's chances to make it into the top four. He agrees that Bangladesh can do it but also understands that the team will have to win all its remaining games. On his knee, Mash says that it is still giving him a problem and it is dodgy, which is why he did not bowl his full quota of 10 overs. Reckons that the turning point in the game was Mustafizur's double-wicket over which got rid of Hetmyer and Russell. Praises Shakib and the whole of the batting order for chipping in useful runs. Ends by further praising Liton Das given that he usually opens with the bat but today, he performed in the middle order.

West Indian skipper, Jason Holder, says that West Indies were probably 40-50 runs short. Feels that they could have been a bit more disciplined with the ball but let themselves down in the field as well. Stresses that with the bat, they started well, seeing off the first 10 overs but then just could not get any momentum. Laments the fact that they could never get quick runs at the death. On the bowling, he reckons wickets are the key in any chase and today, they did not get any. Hopes that they get more disciplined in the coming games.

SHAKIB AL HASAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. The superstar says he feels amazing and the wickets in the end he took was even more satisfying according to him. States he has been working on his batting and it paid off. Mentions it was a team effort, they restricted Windies to a decent total and the batters played their part. He felt he would get more time and opportunities if he bats at no. 3, before he used to come in at the 39th over or the 40th over which is not ideal for him according to him. Further adds he is working on his bowling too, he feels he is doing fine but he can do better. Stresses the next game will be tough against a strong Australian side and they will need to be at their best. Ends by saying the crowd has been fantastic and he hopes they keep supporting them.

Nothing much to talk about the West Indies' bowling. They struggled right from the first ball, perhaps even before the game started. By dropping Carlos Brathwaite, who was going to be their fifth bowler? Just Cottrell completed his quota of 10 overs. Russell bowled just 6. Gayle bowled just 2. Sad and sorry state of affairs and have to say - this West Indian team does not look like the one which played Pakistan in their opener. With the bat, they perhaps thought they had enough but with the platform they had got, 242/3 in the 40th over, they should have got to 350. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

65 vs West Indies. 61 vs West Indies. 29 vs West Indies. 50 vs Ireland. 75 vs South Africa. 64 vs New Zealand. 121 vs England. 124 today. 589 runs in his last 8 innings. 7 50-plus scores. 3 not outs. Average of 117.80. Strike rate of 101.72. The Jessore born Shakib Al Hasan is surely making everyone's heads turn. With his fifth consecutive 50-plus ODI score and fourth in this World Cup, he is making a statement, regaining his top spot in the run-getters category. He caught the West Indian attack by the horns and did not let them apply any pressure on him. The number 3 position suits him and sure enough - he averages 59.68 over there, best than any other position. The number 1 all-rounder just strut his stuff. Beware Australia who face him next. Beware India too.

The run chase began as if there was no pressure at all. Till this game, not even 250 was chased down in this World Cup. Bangladesh were chasing 322. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar set the tone with a 52-run opening stand and that was followed by a 69-run stand for the second wicket. Rahim's wicket then triggered the thoughts of a possible collapse but Shakib and Liton steered the ship home safely.

The Taunton crowd is stunned. But in ecstasy and joy. There are barely any West Indian supporters and the ones supporting the Tigers are crying their voices out hoarse. They have witnessed probably one of the most clinical run chases in ODI cricket, let alone a World Cup, normally associated with the likes of England, India or Australia. Today, it is Bangladesh.

51 balls left. 7 wickets in hand. An unbeaten stand of 189 in 135 balls. A centurion. Another 6 short of a century. Boy, this has been one run chase. Lo and behold. Did anyone say Bangladesh will not make it to the semis? Think again.

S Gabriel to L Das, FOUR! Das finishes it off in style! Gabriel bowls it short and Das swivels and pulls it away from fine leg and bags a boundary. Emphatic win for Bangladesh. All smiles in their dug out. Customary handshakes taking place out in the middle. BANGLADESH HAVE CHASED DOWN 322 WITH 7 WICKETS IN HAND AND 51 BALLS TO SPARE!
S Gabriel to L Das, Shorter and down the leg side, Das looks to pull but misses. Not wided.
S Gabriel to L Das, Slower one and fuller on the pads, this is worked through square leg for two.
J Holder to L Das, Another length delivery around off, this is guided down to third man for one. 6 more needed now.
J Holder to L Das, Another short one on the body, Das looks to pull but mistimes it towards square leg.
J Holder to L Das, FOUR! Dealing in boundaries is Das. He stays back and then guides this through backward point and the ball races away.
J Holder to Al Hasan, This is on middle, it is pulled through square leg for one.
J Holder to L Das, Now strokes it down to the long on fielder for one.
J Holder to L Das, FOUR! Delightful! He is painting a Monalisa here! Holder bowls this full and outside off, Das leans into it and just times it through covers. The ball races away.

Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 50th over. Don't think the game would last till then.

S Gabriel to L Das, Shorter and on middle, this is worked towards square leg for one.
S Gabriel to Al Hasan, Another length delivery outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
S Gabriel to Al Hasan, Back of a length on middle, Shakib goes back and defends it onto the ground.
S Gabriel to L Das, Another short one and it is the slower one. Das looks to hit it over fine leg but is way too early in the shot. It goes off the toe-end towards deep square leg for one.
S Gabriel to Al Hasan, Back of a length around off, this is guided down to third man for one.
S Gabriel to Al Hasan, Beautiful! Full and on middle, this is hit powerfully past the bowler and through mid on. Hetmyer at long on runs to his right and saves two for his side. 300 up for Bangladesh.
S Cottrell to L Das, On the shorter side and it is the slower one. Das is way too early in the pull shot, the ball ends up hitting the glove.
S Cottrell to L Das, Length and outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
S Cottrell to L Das, FOUR! Another short ball and once again it is put away! Short and on the body, Das swivels and pulls it down to the fine leg fence.
S Cottrell to L Das, DROPPED! Very, very difficult chance. Full and outside off, Das comes down the track and smashes it straight back. Cottrell looks to save his face, due to pure reflex action but cannot quite hang on to it. The ball deflects to the leg side but Sheldon quickly gathers himself and runs after the ball and then frustratingly kicks the air in disappointment.
S Cottrell to L Das, Down the leg side, Das walks across and misses his flick. Not wided as he walked across his stumps.
S Cottrell to Al Hasan, Slower one, this is eased down to long on for one.
S Gabriel to Al Hasan, A single to end! Full and on off, this is pushed towards mid off for one. 24 from the over, the most expensive over of this World Cup. 28 more needed.
S Gabriel to Al Hasan, EDGY FOUR! Length and around off, the ball straightens. Shakib looks to defend but the ball flies off the outside edge and down to the third man fence.
S Gabriel to L Das, No he can't! Difficult to hit those deliveries over the rope. Very full and outside off, Das jams it through covers for one.
S Gabriel to L Das, SIX! Three in a row! This is unreal stuff from Das. He is playing with the mind of the bowler. He expected a short one and shuffles right across. Gets it and he helps it on its way over the fine leg fence. 4 in 4? Also, the 150-run stand is up.
S Gabriel to L Das, SIX! This is even better! WOW! Das wants to end it in a hurry here. He makes room and Gabriel bowls it full. He smashes it over the long off fence for a maximum.
S Gabriel to L Das, SIX! Into the stands! lovely shot. A short ball by Shannon and Das is quickly onto the back foot. He pulls it high and handsome over the square leg fence. Runs needed below 50 now.

Shannon Gabriel is back!

S Cottrell to Al Hasan, Good length and on off, this is pushed back to the bowler.
S Cottrell to Al Hasan, FOUR! on the pads once again! Easy pickings for a batsman of Shakib's calibre. He flicks it through backward square leg and the ball races away to the fence.
S Cottrell to Al Hasan, Slower one and it is very full on middle, Shakib fails to get under it and hits it on the bounce to mid on.
S Cottrell to L Das, Another back of a length ball on off, Das guides it to point.
S Cottrell to L Das, Back of a length on off, Das guides it to point.
S Cottrell to L Das, Length outside off, Das goes after it but gets beaten.
S Cottrell to L Das, WIDE! Down the leg side and it has been wided.
O Thomas to Al Hasan, FOUR! Up and over! 11 runs from this one. Runs needed below 60 now. Full and on middle, this is lofted over the mid on fielder for a boundary.
O Thomas to Al Hasan, WIDE! Another bouncer and it bounces way too high. So high that Shakib tried to jump and pull it but missed it.
O Thomas to Al Hasan, An attempted bouncer which was well over head height. The umpire has signalled a wide.
O Thomas to Al Hasan, Overthrow! West Indies completely losing their plot here. This is worked towards fine leg. The batters take one. The ball is thrown at the bowler's head where there is no one to collect the ball, it goes down towards long on for another run.