Bangladesh upset West Indies

Ross Houston
June 18, 2019

The win moves Bangladesh up to fifth in the table, with five points from five matches, while the West Indies move down to seventh after a third loss from five games.

Shakib is now the highest run scorer at this year´s World Cup so far and the West Indies were helpless as he and Das demolished their wayward bowling to romp home.

New Zealand and India, both in fine form, are the West Indies' next two opponents and they must beat both to remain in contention.

"We could have been more disciplined with the ball and we also let ourselves down in the field". "We've also got to score more runs because we haven't got a batsman with a hundred yet".

After Bangladesh started strongly through openers Tamim (48) and Soumya Sarkar (29), Shakib and Das added 189 runs for the fourth wicket to take the game away from West Indies. Only Tamim Iqbal has enjoyed such a streak from among Bangladesh players.

Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan is fit to play after straining his left thigh while scoring a century against England nine days ago.

Earlier, Shai Hope struck 96, Evan Lewis contributed 70 and Shimron Hetmyer blasted 50 off only 25 balls as the West Indies made 321-8 but their bowlers were unable to defend what should have been a challenging target. Bravo, however, has batted only once and made a four-ball duck.

Lewis´s partnership of 116 with Hope was the West Indies´ first century stand of the World Cup.

Nicholas Pooran (25), Jason Holder (33 off 15 balls) and Darren Bravo (19) all added vital contributions but it was Hetmyer's 25-ball half-century that propelled his side past 300.

But Shakib and Das showed that total was nowhere near enough with their sublime display.

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