Dhaka, June 17 (UNB) - Bangladesh stalwart Shakib Al Hasan has smashed back-to-back centuries in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
While chasing 321 runs of West Indies on Monday at Taunton, Shakib scored 100 off 83 balls featuring 13 boundaries.
Earlier, he hit another century against England scoring 121 runs.
At the same time, the ace all-rounder has become the top scorer in the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup surpassing Australia’s Aaron Finch who had 343 from five matches.
Shakib started the match in the 5th position of the top scorers’ list of the World Cup. He needed at least 84 runs to surpass Finch.
Shakib also hit two fifties -- 75 against South Africa and 64 against New Zealand -- before coming to today’s match.
Along the way, he completed 6000 runs as the second Bangladeshi after Tamim Iqbal. Tamim had taken 177 matches to reach the milestone while Shakib took 202 matches.
Dhaka, June 17 (UNB) – Before entering the World Cup encounter against West Indies on Monday, stalwart Shakib Al Hasan needed 23 runs to complete 6000 ODI runs as the second Bangladeshi after Tamim Iqbal.
The left-handed batsman did not miss the chance as he scored 24 runs in 18 balls in pursuit of Tigers’ 322 against the Caribbeans.
Before Shakib, Tamim Iqbal was the only man from Bangladesh to score 6000 or more ODI runs. Coincidentally, Shakib reached the milestone during his partnership with Tamim when Bangladesh were in dire need to score ample runs to chase a big total.
Tamim took 177 matches to complete 6000 ODI runs while Shakib took 202 matches. Along the way, Shakib hit eight centuries and 44 fifties.
Mushfiqur Rahim is the next Bangladeshi batsman who can reach the milestone as he had 5699 runs from 208 matches with three centuries and 20 fifties.
Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan became the fastest all-rounder to reach 5,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODI cricket playing just 199 ODI matches after Sanaj Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzak.
He reached the milestone dismissing Protea opener Aiden Markram (45) against South Africa in their first ICC Cricket World Cup match at the Oval on June 2.
Dhaka, June 17 (UNB) - Bangladesh need to produce their record chase of 322 to beat West Indies in their fifth game of the ongoing ICC World Cup at Taunton on Monday.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and opted to bowl first.
West Indies capitalised on the chance of batting first in spite of losing Chris Gayle early for a duck and scored 321 runs for eight in 50 overs. Shai Hope was the best batsman for West Indies as he struck 96.
Along with him, Evin Lewis (70), Shimron Hetmyer (50) and Jason Holder (33) were the other batsmen to dominate over the Bangladeshi bowlers.
Bangladesh made a brisk start as Mohammad Saifuddin removed Chris Gayle for a duck. Gayle was shaky from the start of his innings. Before managing an edge to the wicketkeeper, he missed out some deliveries outside off-stump.
However, in the second wicket stand, West Indies took control as Evin Lewis and Shai Hope batted steadily. They put up a partnership of 118 to destroy Bangladesh’s rampant start.
Along the process, Lewis hit 70 off 67 with six fours and two sixes. Shakib Al Hasan broke the stand when he tried to smack the ball through the boundary but ended up slicing to the long-off where Sabbir Rahman, a substitute fielder, took a catch to remove Lewis.
In a quick succession, Shakib removed Nicholas Pooran (25 off 30 deliveries) as well. Shakib’s double wicket brought Bangladesh back in the contest. But in the fourth wicket stand, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer added 83 runs off 40 deliveries.
Bangladeshi bowlers were clueless during this partnership as Saifuddin and Mustafizur conceded 19 and 17 runs respectively in 35th and 36th over.
Along the way, Hetmyer hit fifty off 25 balls which is now joint-fastest fifty in this World Cup so far. Hetmyer was removed by Mustafiuzr Rahman when he skied the ball and senior man Tamim Iqbal took a tough catch in the deep.
In the same over, Mustafizur scalped Andre Russell as well. It was an off-cutter from Mustafizur. Russell went to cut it away but the ball went to the wicketkeeper after nicking on the bat.
However, despite this double attack of Mustafizur, West Indies were scoring runs as Jason Holder struck 33 off 15. At the same time, Shai Hope was rhythmic in the middle as well.
Saifuddin removed Holder off a full toss. Holder skied the ball and Mahmudullah Riyad took the ball at long-off.
West lost their seventh wicket when Mustafizur took Hope out for 96 off 121 with four fours and one six.
For Bangladesh, Mustafizur and Saifuddin bagged three wickets each conceding 59 and 72 respectively while Shakib bagged two wickets.
Dhaka, June 17 (UNB) - Bangladesh won the toss on Monday in their fifth game in the ongoing World Cup against West Indies and opted to bowl first at Taunton.
Bangladesh made one change in their playing XI as Mohammad Mithun left out to pave the way for Liton Das who is set to play his first match in the World Cup.
West Indies also made one change as Carlos Brathwaite was overlooked to bring Darren Bravo in the playing XI.
Bangladesh is clearly ahead of West Indies in this match as they beat the Caribbean boys three times in the tri-nation series prior to the World Cup in Ireland.
Before this match, both of Bangladesh and West Indies came through the similar experiences. Bangladesh kicked off their World Cup assault with a brilliant win over South Africa while West Indies outplayed Pakistan in their opening game.
In the next two games, Bangladesh lost to New Zealand by just two wickets. They were closed to seal that game but due to a moderate total of 244 on the board, they ended up losing the game. In the next game against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh got a point as the match washed out due to rain. However, they lost to England in the last game by a big margin of 106 runs.
West Indies, on the other hand, lost their second game to Australia just by 15 runs before suffering a washed-out game against South Africa. After that, they lost to England by a big margin of eight wickets.
So, today’s match came as a chance of turning things around for both of Bangladesh and West Indies.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel.
Dhaka, June 16 (UNB) - Pakistan wanted to break their losing streak against India in the World Cup, but they failed to make it once again as they suffered an 89-run defeat on Sunday at Manchester.
India batted first after losing the toss and put a massive total of 334 for five wickets in 50 overs with the help of Rohit Sharma’s 140.
While replying, Pakistan lost six wickets at 166 runs after 35 overs, and they had no hope to win this game. At the point of time, rain came in and Pakistan’s target was reset at 302 runs in 40 overs. However, Pakistan ended on 212 for six in 40 overs and lost the game by 89 runs (DL Method).
Fakhar Zaman (62), Babar Azam (48) and Imad Wasim (46) were the only Pakistani batsmen to show some prowess against Indian bowling attack, but their efforts were not enough to overcome the Indian challenge for them.
Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets each for India to seal the game. It was India’s third win out of four matches they have played in this World Cup and they are now at number three in the points table with seven points. On the other hand, Pakistan are now at number nine in the points table with four losses in five matches in the World Cup so far.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl first in the overcast condition. But the Pakistani bowlers failed to capitalise on the surface. Instead, they leaked runs at a run rate of 5.25 in the first 20 overs.
On the way, Rohit completed his fifty off 34 balls, which came as an immense pressure for Pakistan, who missed out a couple of run-out chances at the start of the innings.
Lokesh fell as the first batsman scoring 57 off 78 with three fours and two sixes. Lokesh did his job accurately as the replacement of Shikhar Dhawan who has been ruled out of the match due to a hand injury.
After putting up an opening stand of 136 runs, India got 98 more runs in the second wicket stand comprising Virat Kohli and Rohit. Rohit completed his 24th ODI hundred off 85 balls, which was his second ton in World Cups and third against archrivals Pakistan.
Rohit fell for 140 off 113 with 14 fours and three sixes. He had all the chance to register another double hundred to his career. But fell prey to Hasan Ali.
The Indian opener went to play a fancy shot off Hasan but failed to time the ball properly. Wahab Riaz took an easy catch to remove him.
After Rohit’s removal, Hardik Pandya came in and played sparkling innings of 26 off 19 deliveries with two fours and one six. He was hunted by Mohammad Amir, who also removed MS Dhoni for one in his next over.
Rain came in at 6:45pm (BST) to interrupt the game when Indian scored 305 for 4 in 46.4 overs.
The match resumed after 45 minutes, and India lost Kohli in the 48th over. Amir removed him off a short ball. Kohli went to pull it away but managed only a nick to the wicketkeeper. However, the TV replays showed the ball was far away from nicking the bat. Eventually, India ended up with 336 for five in 50 overs.
For Pakistan, Amir took three wickets conceding 47 runs while Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz shared one wicket each.
However, Rohit Sharma was the man of the match for his 140 runs, which was his second ton in this World Cup.
India will take on Afghanistan in their next game on June 22 while Pakistan will face South Africa on June 23 in their next game.