Talha Kamal

Windies batsman Shai Hope’s remarkable unbeaten innings propels Windies to a 4 wickets victory against Bangladesh in the second of three-match ODI series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.

Hope’s extraordinary innings of 146 runs off 144 deliveries included 12 fours and 3 maximums.
Earlier, the Windies won the toss and opted to bowl first. Tigers continued with the same winning eleven from the last match.

Bangladesh’s innings got off to bad start as they lost Liton Das due to injury in the second over of the innings after he sustained a blow on his lower part of the right leg by a delivery from Oshane Thomas.

Liton was stretchered off the field. Then Imrul came but he continued his inconsistent run of form as he fell to Thomas, leaving Bangladesh at 14/1 after four overs.

From there, opener Tamim Iqbal and wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim steadied the ship. Their 111 runs alliance for third wicket stand was pivotal in Bangladesh’s innings.

Both of them scored half-century. Mushfiq scored second consecutive fifty in the series. The biggest stand of Tigers innings came to an end when Tamim went to slog Bishoo, but failed to judge the delivery correctly that resulted in his removal.

Mushfiqur followed Tamim after few overs and was trapped by Thomas, leaving Bangladesh at 132/3 after 27 overs.

At the fifth wicket stand Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad added 61 runs, before Riyad fell to Powell at 30, leaving Bangladesh at 193/4 in 40th over. Then Soumya came in but he failed to utilise his chance after managing to score only six runs off eight balls.

Liton came to bat bearing his pain but couldn’t make any significant impact as he fell to Paul after scoring only eight, leaving Bangladesh at 234/6 after 46 overs.

Shakib brought up his fifty in the 45th over. He then tried to take on the Windies bowlers and started to bat in an aggressive manner. However, his stumps were rattled by Roach in the 47th over.

Before getting out, Shakib played a superlative innings of 65 runs from 62 deliveries. Eventually, Bangladesh managed to score 255/7 after 50 overs. The 21-year-old left arm fast bowler Thomas was pick of the Windies bowlers with his impressive figures of 54/3 in his 10-over spell.

Chasing 256, Windies innings started off in a bad fashion as Mehedy brought the first breakthrough for Bangladesh by dismissing Hemraj.

Then Bravo and hope had 65-run partnership, before Rubel castled Bravo’s stumps, leaving Windies at 70/2 after 17 overs.

Then Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels had starred in a strong sixty two-run partnership for the third-wicket, before Samuels fell to Mustafizur, leaving Windies at 132/3 after 30 overs. Then Rubel Hossain and Mashrafe struck in two successive overs to dismiss Hetmyer and Powell respectively, leaving Windies at 157/5 after 34 overs. After few overs, Roston Chase went after Fizz but he was caught at mid-on by Tamim as West Indies lost their sixth. After that Paul and Hope’s 71-run alliance for seventh wicket stand ensured Windies Victory.