– West Indies 321 for 8; Bangladesh 322 for 3
– Bangladesh moves to the fifth position of World Cup table
Bangladesh pulled off a terrific chase as they triumphed two-time champions Windies by seven wickets in the match number 23 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Monday.
This was Bangladesh’s highest successful chase in the ODIs, while Windies have remained winless in their last three games of the tournament.
How did the match pan out?
Winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza elected to field first.
However, things didn’t go their way as Windies piled up a huge total of 321/8, courtesy Shai Hope’s brilliant 96, along with other big innings.
In reply, it was an exquisite inning by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, along with Liton’s explosive knock that sealed the game.
West Indies remains heartbroken
For West Indies it was heartbreaking. Their early defeat of Pakistan raised hopes of a revival in this form of the game but since then they have been frail in body and mind. Here they tried to impose their plan A when defending a substantial total. That failed. And they did not have a plan B.
Record Chase by Bangladesh
The target was 322 and Bangladesh reached it with seven wickets and 8.3 overs to spare. This was a record-breaking performance, Bangladesh’s highest successful run chase in ODI cricket and the second highest – after Ireland’s triumphant pursuit against England in Bangalore – in World Cup history.
Bangladesh are now the undisputed leaders of the chasing pack. Next up for them is Australia at Trent Bridge. They will not be taken for granted.