ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Date & Time: 17 June 2019
RR: 7.75 | Bangladesh beat West Indies by 7 wickets
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.
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.
Shannon Gabriel is back!
Oshane Thomas is back on! His figures read 4-0-31-0.
Looks like there is some issue with Sheldon Cottrell's run up. He has just mentioned that to umpire Rod Tucker. He is having some issue while running in and apparently it is a drainage lid.
Sheldon Cottrell is back on.
There is a slight delay. Shakib is getting some treatment on his left arm. Not quite sure what has happened. Might be cramps.
Chris Gayle has the ball in his hand at the moment. The umpires though are not happy about something. Maybe with the fact that Russell is continuously going off the field. They have asked Fabien Allen to go back and Russell to come onto the field.
Third umpire in play! Is Das run out?
Jason Holder is back on! His figures read 5-0-31-0.
Shannon Gabriel comes on to bowl.
Andre Russell is back on! 3-0-23-1 so far. He is certainly not 100 percent. Comes jogging in, then bails out. Goes for another jog and tests his hamstring and knee. Here he comes again...
Liton Das walks out to bat. He has been picked in the team in this game. Can he make an impact?
Mushfiqur Rahim walks in at number 4, replacing Tamim. Bangladesh are well-placed in this chase but still over 200 runs are required. A couple of quick wickets and you never know...
Is Tamim gone? Big moment in the game! Has Sheldon Cottrell pulled off something brilliant?
Sheldon Cottrell is back!
DRINKS! Bangladesh are motoring along quite well here! Their openers started off nicely, Sarkar did fall but Shakib has come out all guns blazing. They are way ahead of the run rate required and all they need now is some sensible batting. The West Indian players look like they have ran out of ideas. Their short ball bowling has not worked and all of a sudden the bowling does not look threatening. They need someone to put their hand up and provide the magic or the game will soon slip out of their hands.
Oshane Thomas is on now! He has been the best bowler for West Indies in this tournament. He needs to work some magic here.
Shannon Gabriel is on now! West Indies need a wicket, can he provide it?
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Shakib Al Hasan walks in at number 3, replacing Sarkar.
Tamim pulls out right at the end! Not sure what the reason was. Holder will have to reload now.
First bowling change. An early one. Andre Russell has been given the ball. The Windies are a bowler light today, with Brathwaite not playing. Will Russell bowl 10 overs? Will Gayle roll his arm over?
Jason Holder to bowl with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The West Indies team are out in a huddle. They now make their way out now. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar are the openers for Bangladesh. Sheldon Cottrell has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...