Shakib, Liton the stars in Bangladesh’s record chase

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Shakib Al Hasan produced one of the great World Cup performances, stringing a domineering 124 not out to his two-wicket haul as he anchored Bangladesh’s highest chase in an ODI. In the process, he reached 6000 ODI runs, became Bangladesh’s highest run-scorer at a World Cup, the second after Mahmudullah to make two centuries for Bangladesh in the tournament, and added his name to yet another one of the six Bangladesh century stands in World Cups. That apart, he also took Bangladesh past West Indies’ 321 with 8.3 overs to spare in Liton Das’ company.

The 189-run fourth-wicket stand was built largely on a blueprint of progressive attacking until the 38th over, which began with three sixes off Gabriel, all of them off the back foot from Liton.. By the end of it, the two were doing whatever they wanted. Twenty-four came off that over, this World Cup’s most expensive one, and Bangladesh were 294 for 3. There were no hiccups from there on.

Hope, who barely struck at more than 80, had one more reason to try and bat longer. He didn’t manage it, falling to Mustafizur for 96 off 121 with three overs to spare. West Indies only managed 61 off their last eight overs – Holder said after the match that they were 40-50 short.
Bangladesh 322 for 3 (Shakib 124*, Liton 94*, Tamim 48) beat West Indies 321 for 8 (Hope 96, Lewis 70, Hetmyer 50, Mustafizur 3-59, Saifuddin 3-72) by seven wickets