Bangladesh scripted a stunning run chase as they beat West Indies by seven wickets while chasing 322 runs with 51 balls to spare at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton. Shakib Al Hasan partnered Liton Das to chase down a 300+ target for the first time in this ICC World Cup.
Bangladesh scripts history at Taunton
Batting first, West Indies banked on knocks from Shai Hope and Evin Lewis to post a mammoth total. However, it was a gloomy start for them as they lost Chris Gayle early. Since then, Hope and Lewis staged a 116-run partnership for the second wicket to bail their team out of danger. While Hope concentrated mostly on ones and two, the southpaw pressed on the gears to keep the scoreboard ticking. Experienced customer Shakib Al Hasan got the breakthrough removing Lewis, but small partnerships and two little carnages from Shimron Hetmyer and skipper Jason Holder propelled West Indies to a challenging total.
Only a few could have thought that Bangladesh would have chased down the target and they did the impossible with unbeaten knocks from Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das. Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal gave the Tigers a brief start adding 50 runs in just eight overs. Once Shakib came out to the middle, everything fell in place for Mashrafe Mortaza & Co. Although West Indies struck twice in quick succession to snick through advantage, but Shakib and Liton ensured they go home safely.
Bangladesh achieves rare feat
Shakib Al Hasan has been in stunning form from the start of the World Cup, and this game was no different. Liton Das came to the team in place of Mohammad Mithun and made an immediate mark. They shared a 189-run partnership to Bangladesh home with 51 balls to spare and seven wickets remaining. In the process, the veteran all-rounder became the fastest to score 6000 ODI runs and 200 wickets overtaking South African legend Jacques Kallis.
Meanwhile, with this run-chase, Bangladesh have achieved a rare milestone in ODI cricket. They became the first ever team to successfully chase 300+ target with 50+ balls to spare in a World Cup match. With five points from five games, they will now have to win all their games to keep themselves floating for a top-four spot.