23.06 pm: WI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza: “The turning point was Mustafizur taking those two wickets. Hetmyer was looking very dangerous. And it is important to get Russell in the first two overs. Shakib was brilliant and the others are stepping up today. Litton was superb. Not easy for an opener to come lower down the order.”
23.04 pm: WI skipper Jason Holder: “We didn’t get enough runs, never got any momentum going, we didn’t get wickets and we let ourselves down in the field. We tried to hit the top of the stumps to change things but we were just too inconsistent. Every match is like a final for us now.”
22.55 pm: The player of the match is Shakib al Hasan.
Shakib: “I have been working hard on my batting for the last month and a half and it is paying off. I am not sure why I asked the selectors to let me bat at three but I felt that I was coming in to bat too late in the innings and that wasn’t helping me.”
Bangladesh 322/3 after 41.3 overs (Shakib 124, Litton 94)
And that is it. Bangladesh complete a stunning victory – it seemed like a difficult chase but the Tiger made it look like a Caribbean cruise. The West Indies had no answer to the street smarts of the Bangladeshi batsmen – Tamim was good, Litton was magnificent and Shakib was sublime. The stand between Shakib and Litton was worth 189 in 135 balls. What a confidence-boosting win for the Tigers!
Bangladesh 316/3 after 41 overs (Shakib 124, Litton 87)
Wow. Bangladesh are making this look so, so easy. It shouldn’t have been. But they have been magnificent. Just 6 runs needed off 54 balls.
Bangladesh 299/3 after 39 overs (Shakib 119, Litton 76)
Cottrell with a tough, tough chance in the last over to catch Litton off his own bowling. He managed to get his hands to it but it didn’t stick.
Bangladesh 294/3 after 38 overs (Shakib 118, Litton 72)
188.8.131.52.4.1. 24 runs off the over. The most expensive over of the World Cup so far.
Litton has just destroyed Gabriel. Three sixes in a row to begin the over. This is almost as if Bangladesh are replying to all that talk of the West Indian big hitters making merry against them.
Bangladesh 264/3 after 36 overs (Shakib 109, Litton 52)
Really disappointing to see how quickly the West Indies shoulders have dropped. This is the kind of intensity that coaches despire. Poor show by the West Indies...
Bangladesh 253/3 after 35 overs (Shakib 101, Litton 51)
50 off 43 for Litton. This has been a splendid knock. He came in when Mushfiqur was dismissed early and was under some pressure but he has withstood it and made his chance count.
Bangladesh 248/3 after 34 overs (Shakib 100, Litton 47)
100 off 83. 9th international hundred, second hundred on the trot in the World Cup. Take a bow, Shakib! But the world’s best allrounder has got a job to finish. He didn’t even take the helmet off to acknowledge the crowd. He is focussed.
Bangladesh 215/3 after 31 overs (Shakib 92, Litton 23)
Nice and easy. Bangladesh just need 107 runs more. Shakib is being super smart about this. He’s got this and Litton just needs to stay there with him.
Bangladesh 210/3 after 30 overs (Shakib 89, Litton 21)
Gayle into the attack and Bangladesh don’t try anything silly. They just milk him for a few singles and he helps matters with 5 wides.
Bangladesh 200/3 after 29 overs (Shakib 87, Litton 18)
Last five overs, Bangladesh have score 43 runs and we are not even close to the slog overs. A short drinks break may allow the West Indies team to get some tactical input. Right now, they are bowling without a plan.
Bangladesh 192/3 after 28 overs (Shakib 81, Litton 16)
No stopping Shakib! He is hitting fours all around the park with unnatural ease. Bangladesh now need 130 off 132 balls. Now, Gabriel has gone off the field. What is happening here!
Bangladesh 179/3 after 27 overs (Shakib 68, Litton 16)
Russell seems to have gone off the field and he has only bowled 6 overs. Might force WI to get Gayle into the attack. Either which way, they need to change the pace. Shakib is looking so comfortable as is Litton.
Bangladesh 166/3 after 25 overs (Shakib 60, Litton 12)
A lot of pressure on Shakib and Litton, they need to take Bangladesh as close to the target as possible. They need to put on a partnership.
Bangladesh 153/3 after 23 overs (Shakib 56, Litton 8)
Shakib skied one off the fifth ball of the Russell over... it went up a long way and towards third man but Gabriel took a while coming off the ropes and then messed up his communication with Hope. Poor cricket by the Windies – they look like amateurs at times.
Bangladesh 141/3 after 21 overs (Shakib 51, Litton 1)
FIFTY! Fourth 50+ in as many innings for Shakib in this World Cup as he brings up his 45th ODI half-century! His scores: 75, 64, 121, 50*
As rich a vein of form as any seen in this tournament but can he take his team to victory today?
Bangladesh 133/3 after 19 overs (Shakib 34)
WICKET! Oh no!! This will hurt Bangladesh. It was down the leg side, Mushfiqur somehow managed to get a tickle through to the keeper. He couldn’t hide the disappointment.
Rahim c Shai Hope b Thomas 1(5)
Here’s how the run out happened... in pictures.
Bangladesh 121/2 after 17.3 overs (Shakib 34)
WICKET!!! Cottrell with an amazing piece of fielding – Tamim hit the ball back to the bowler, took a few steps out of his crease, Cottrell stopped the ball with his left hand and then threw it back at the rate of knots to catch the batsman out of his crease. Tamim can’t believe it. No one can. Run out. What fielding!!! West Indies needed this.
Tamim run out (Cottrell) 48 (53, 4x6)
Bangladesh 119/1 after 17 overs (Tamim 47, Shakib 33)
Shakib is just getting better and better as the innings goes on. He refuses to get intimidated by this West Indies attack and is playing some wonderful pull shots – like the one against Thomas in the last over. This is a really good innings so far.
Bangladesh 112/1 after 16 overs (Tamim 47, Shakib 27)
Time for a drinks break. Wonderful start to the chase but the key is going to be wicket. This pair has to stay together for a while and keep an eye on the run-rate as well, just as they have done so far.
Bangladesh 108/1 after 15 overs (Tamim 46, Shakib 24)
With a two down to third man, Shakib went past the 6000 ODI runs landmark. Big cheer from the crowd and the dressing room. Just the second player from Bangladesh to go past the landmark. Tamim was the first.
Bangladesh 103/1 after 14 overs (Tamim 44, Shakib 21)
A perfect start to the chase. Bangladesh are getting a boundary almost every over and it means the bowlers can never relax, the pressure cannot build and Holder will keep looking for an answer. The 50-partnership between the two batsmen has taken just 36 balls.
Bangladesh 96/1 after 13 overs (Tamim 38, Shakib 20)
The Bangladesh veterans are putting on an exhibition here. Seven fours and a six in the last 5 overs. A wonderful cut shot from Shakib showing just how well he is batting – he got on top of the bounce, cut out the risk and guided it past the fielders.
Bangladesh 89/1 after 12 overs (Tamim 37, Shakib 15)
233 more from 38 overs – if Bangladesh keep wickets in hand, this is gettable. This is a brilliant start. They have just gone for it – intelligently, if one might add. Decent over from Gabriel, who has now been pressed into the attack.
Bangladesh 81/1 after 11 overs (Tamim 36, Shakib 9)
Superb batting by Tamim this. The Bangladeshi batsmen are showing the value of the experience they have earned over the last decade. This is a classic counterattack and for now, West Indies don’t know how to respond to this.
Bangladesh 70/1 after 10 overs (Tamim 26, Shakib 8)
Too short from Holder and he was punished. Poor bowling this. The WI skipper is a line and length sort of bowler but this was totally messed up. 14 runs off the over. The Tigers have dominated the first ten overs.
WI, after 10 overs: 32/1
Bang, after 10 overs: 70/1
Bangladesh 52/1 after 8.2 overs (Tamim 16)
WICKET! Six off the first ball and gone off the second. A bit too quick and a bit too close to try and play the upper cut. Russell gets his man. Sarkar was looking good but he is now heading back to the dressing room.
Soumya Sarkar c Gayle b A Russell 29 (23, 4x2, 6x2)
Bangladesh 46/0 after 8 overs (Tamim 16, Sarkar 23)
Bangladesh are going about this chase with some confidence. Their good recent record against the West Indies must add to it.
Bangladesh 40/0 after 7 overs (Tamim 11, Sarkar 22)
Dre Russ into the attack and he concedes just two runs. The West Indies ‘short-ball’ attack has gone out of the picture today. They are trying to pitch it up today.
Bangladesh 38/0 after 6 overs (Tamim 10, Sarkar 21)
Another good over by Holder. He has kept the run-rate in check for the Windies while Cottrell has taken a bit of stick.
Bangladesh 34/0 after 5 overs (Tamim 9, Sarkar 19)
And just as we say that, Sarkar decides to take on Cottrell. A six off the first ball, a four of the second and Bangladesh put the pressure right back on the bowler.
Bangladesh 16/0 after 4 overs (Tamim 8, Sarkar 7)
Steady from Holder but Bangladesh will look to survive the first 10-15 overs before starting to look to up the run-rate. Wickets will give WI a boost too.
Bangladesh 11/0 after 2 overs (Tamim 5, Sarkar 5)
Holder takes the new ball from the other end. He is the most accurate of the West Indian bowlers and if he can find the right length, it will be difficult for the Bangladeshi batsmen.
Bangladesh 5/0 after 1 over (Tamim 4, Sarkar 0)
And the Bangladesh innings is off and running. They need Tamim to come to the party today.
Innings break: In case, you are wondering why Thomas wasn’t given out despite his bat dislodging the bails... [which the ball hasn’t managed to do all the time in this World Cup]
West Indies 321/8 after 50 overs
It took the West Indies some time to get going after they lost Chris Gayle early but then Hope and Lewis built up the foundation before Hetymer and Holder gave them momentum with some big-hitting. A competitive total but the first ten overs of the Bangladesh innings will be crucial. Highest ODI chase for Bangladesh is 319 vs Scotland in 2015 World Cup.
West Indies 321/8 after 50 overs (Thomas 6)
WICKET! Saifuddin claims Bravo’s wicket with the last ball of the inning. Nice yorker but West Indies will be left feeling that they could have/should have got at least 20-30 runs more.
Darren Bravo b Saifuddin 19 (15, 6x2)
West Indies 311/7 after 49 overs (Bravo 13, Thomas 5)
Thomas kept strike for most of that over and then took a single off the last ball to be on strike for the last over too. Bravo should have just refused the single.
West Indies 305/7 after 48 overs (Bravo 12, Thomas 1)
Six off the last ball by Bravo! What a shot... he was very good in the CPL and now WI need him to do a little more of that.
West Indies 297/7 after 47 overs (Bravo 6)
WICKET! Hope falls short of a well-deserved century. He flicked it into the air and straight to the fielder. A bit of a nothing shot but a very important innings for the Windies, regardless of what happens now, they will have a more than a chance when they come out to bowl.
Shai Hope c Liton Das b Mustafizur 96 (121, 4x4, 6x1)
West Indies 294/6 after 46 overs (Hope 95, Bravo 4)
Last 5 overs, 40 runs. WI need to be smart about this now. They have been so good today and they need to keep it going for just a few more overs.
West Indies 288/6 after 45 overs (Hope 91, Bravo 2)
A bit of a quandary for Hope and Bravo now. Do they continue going for the big shots or do they just bat out the next 3-4 and then go for the big shots in the last two?
West Indies 282/6 after 43.4 overs (Hope 87)
WICKET! Holder was going for the big shots and he fell to the low full toss. Couldn’t connect well and ended up hitting it high and straight to the fielder. A pretty mad knock comes to an end.
Holder c Mahmudullah b Saifuddin 33 (15, 4x4, 6x2)
West Indies 274/5 after 43 overs (Hope 86, Holder 27)
What big-hitting by the WI skipper! He just smashed a 105m six – the biggest we have seen in the World Cup so far. Bangladesh might have been feeling they got off easy when they dismissed Russell for a duck but Holder is doing his best to not let them miss Russell too much.
West Indies 261/5 after 42 overs (Hope 84, Holder 16)
There is something very elegant about Holder’s batting. For a big guy, he doesn’t seem to power the ball away. Rather, he seems to time it to the boundary line and beyond.
West Indies 254/5 after 41 overs (Hope 83, Holder 10)
The first two balls faced by Holder were dispatched for a six and four respectively. The WI skipper isn’t just going to hang around and he’s got some pretty big levers too. Bangladesh still need to be careful.
West Indies 242/5 after 40 overs (Hope 82)
WICKET! The Fizz does the trick for Bangladesh with a superb cutter. Russell could just fend at it and it took the edge through to the keeper. He is gone for a duck. Big, big wicket this. The difference between 330 and 360 perhaps.
A Russell c Rahim b Mustafizur 0 (2)
West Indies 242/4 after 39.3 overs (Hope 82)
WICKET! A big one at that. Hetmyer doesn’t connect very well, skies it and Tamim takes a very good catch. This brings Russell to the middle.
Hetmyer c Tamim b Mustafizur 50 (26, 4x4, 6x3)
West Indies 241/3 after 39.1 overs (Hope 81, Hetmyer 50)
Fifty off just 25 deliveries for Hetmyer. It has been a game-changing knock. Bangladesh have had no answers to his big-hitting. Joint-fastest fifty of CWC 2019!
West Indies 240/3 after 39 overs (Hope 81, Hetmyer 49)
A blinder by Hetmyer – it has taken him just 24 balls to get to 49. The pressure is firmly on Bangladesh to restrict the West Indies. That is all they can hope to do now.
West Indies 232/3 after 37.3 overs (Hope 78, Hetmyer 44)
And that is out of the ground! Hetmyer is hitting them long. Tiger Woods would be proud. This is madness already. 104m!!! He is sitting back and smashing them into the stands.
West Indies 220/3 after 37 overs (Hope 78, Hetmyer 32)
This is going to get ugly now. Hetmyer has joined the fun. Russell is padded up. Get ready for some carnage.
West Indies 193/3 after 35 overs (Hope 69, Hetmyer 14)
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A big over for the West Indies - 18 from it! Mustafizur got it all wrong. Hope’s charge on the first ball, which went for six, seemed to disturb the bowler and it went downhill after that.
West Indies 174/3 after 34 overs (Hope 58, Hetmyer 12)
Hetmyer has come in and hit the ball well to start things off. The four as expected came on the leg-side where the left-hander is very strong. West Indies have almost reached a part of the innings where they can start going for the big shots without worrying about anything else. T20 mode is about to come on.
West Indies 159/3 after 32.2 overs (Hope 55)
WICKET! Pooran throws it away. Decided to try and hammer Shakib out of the ground, hit it to the fielder instead. We saw Lewis do something similar and now Pooran does the same. Poor for Pooran this. Hetmyer is in next.
Pooran c Soumya Sarkar b Shakib 25 (30, 4x2, 6x1)
West Indies 151/2 after 30 overs (Hope 51, Pooran 21)
A six that landed on the roof and another four earlier in the over. Pooran is up and running now. He does have a beautiful swing and when it connects, it does go a long way. The six was 89m long. Can the West Indies double their total by the end of the 50 overs? They have wickets in hand... that should help.
West Indies 139/2 after 28 overs (Hope 50, Pooran 10)
50 off 75 balls for Hope. He has played a steady knock for the Windies and needs to continue doing the same so that the big-hitters can bat around him.
West Indies 130/2 after 27 overs (Hope 47, Pooran 5)
Would it have been a better idea to hold Pooran back and send Bravo up the order? Pooran is capable of hitting the big shots too.
West Indies 122/2 after 24.3 overs (Hope 44)
WICKET! Lewis throws it away. He hit Shakib for a six earlier in the over but wanted more. And that cost him his wicket. He found the fielder at long-off even as the ball drifted away a little. Poor cricket, he had a big one for the taking here.
Lewis c (sub)Sabbir Rahman b Shakib 70 (67, 4x6, 6x2)
West Indies 114/1 after 24 overs (Lewis 62, Hope 44)
Lewis has scored more runs in this innings than his previous five ODIs combined and he looks primed for a big one. In the last five overs, WI have scored 32 runs.
West Indies 108/1 after 23 overs (Lewis 59, Hope 41)
FIFTY! 50 off 58 from Lewis. A superb knock by the West Indies opener. He has shown a lot of patience, not a quality he is usually known for and helped his side come through a difficult period. He is now starting to open his shoulders a little. This should be fun.
West Indies 90/1 after 21 overs (Lewis 47, Hope 35)
Finally, Shakib comes into the attack. Bangladesh might have been holding him back for Russell but they need a wicket now.
West Indies 86/1 after 20 overs (Lewis 45, Hope 33)
Hope and Lewis are looking very comfortable in the middle. But the ball isn’t doing much anymore. Not too much seam or spin on offer for the bowlers now. At some point soon, the batsmen will start playing a few more shots... will become an interesting phase to track then.
West Indies 82/1 after 19 overs (Lewis 44, Hope 30)
It just keeps getting better for the West Indies. The run-rate is now above four and steadily increasing.
West Indies 74/1 after 17 overs (Lewis 39, Hope 27)
Nothing much is changing for the moment. West Indies are actually smart cricket and that’s something.
West Indies 72/1 after 16 overs (Lewis 38, Hope 26)
Drinks break. A chance for the batsmen to get some inputs from the team management... is it time to start going for the shots a little more or do they continue to bat at the same tempo till around the 30th over?
West Indies 64/1 after 15 overs (Lewis 35, Hope 21)
Bangladesh will start getting a little worried now. This partnership is now worth 58 off 70 balls. The longer this goes on, the more Mashrafe will want a breakthrough.
West Indies 56/1 after 14 overs (Lewis 33, Hope 17)
Really steady stuff by Lewis – he is keeping WI in the game and not allowing the pressure to become too big a factor for the moment.
West Indies 45/1 after 12 overs (Lewis 26, Hope 14)
The West Indies have some sort of foundation now. The early wicket of Gayle hit them but Hope and Lewis are keeping things together at the moment. They will know they have big hitters down the order and if they have wickets in hand, they can destroy any opposition.
West Indies 42/1 after 11 overs (Lewis 24, Hope 13)
Lewis upping the ante a little now. One superb six off Mashrafe showing that the West Indies intend to break the shackles very soon. Things could heat up after a slow start.
West Indies 32/1 after 10 overs (Lewis 17, Hope 12)
The first Powerplay is done and the West Indies have done well to lose just one wicket. There is something there for the fast bowlers but will spin have an impact too?
West Indies 30/1 after 9 overs (Lewis 16, Hope 11)
Mashrafe gives away just one run but it is vital for the West Indies to stay patient in the early going. It is a small ground and the runs will come once the ball stops swinging.
West Indies 29/1 after 8 overs (Lewis 15, Hope 11)
FOUR! Cracking shot by Hope to end the over. High elbow, great timing and punch. Just shows why he is so highly regarded by so many experts.
West Indies 21/1 after 7 overs (Lewis 13, Hope 6)
West Indies need to say steady for the first 10 overs before it becomes a little bit easier to bat. For now, Lewis and Hope are doing just that.
West Indies 18/1 after 6 overs (Lewis 11, Hope 5)
On air, Ian Bishop had mentioned how Bangladesh need to get their slips up a little. They didn’t and a genuine edge off the last ball fell just short of first slip. Still, two fours for West Indies in the Saifuddin over and that will allow them to breathe a little more easily.
West Indies 8/1 after 5 overs (Lewis 6, Hope 0)
With the ball moving around, runs have been hard to come by but the West Indies need to try and rotate the strikes. If the fours are not coming, then they need to at least take singles. That will bring the left-right batting combination into pay as well.
West Indies 6/1 after 3.2 overs (Lewis 5)
WICKET! A 13-ball duck for Gayle... how often can you say that... He hung his bat outside the off-stump and the ball kissed it on the way to the keeper. A very tentative stay in the middle for the big Jamaican. Big wicket this.
Gayle c Rahim b Saifuddin 0 (13)
West Indies 6/0 after 3 overs (Gayle 0, Lewis 5)
Mashrafe with another tight over. One loose ball that Lewis hit for four but nothing much for the West Indies to exploit.
West Indies 2/0 after 2 overs (Gayle 0, Lewis 1)
Saifuddin comes up with another good over. He is getting some movement in the air but it isn’t very well directed at the moment. Gayle continues to play with caution.
West Indies 0/0 after 1 over (Gayle 0, Lewis 0)
Mortaza starts off with a maiden. Gayle was not able to get him away and some away movement for the Bangladesh skipper. In the last 9 meetings between the two sides, the Tigers have won 7 but this is a very different WI side.
West Indies 0/0 after 0 overs (Gayle 0, Lewis 0)
And we are all set for a match that promises to be an exciting one between two well-matched teams. There will be something in the pitch for the first 10 overs before it becomes good for batting. Can Gayle survive that long?
14.51 pm: The highlight of yesterday’s game between India and Pakistan...
- Monday mornings at work...
- Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s new logo...
The memes just won’t stop after Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was caught yawning during the match.
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14.35 pm: The teams:
For Bangladesh, Mithun is not playing. Liton Das will play.
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.
For West Indies, Darren Bravo comes back into the mix. Carlos Brathwaite has been dropped.
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel.
14.33 pm: Bangladesh won the toss and chose to field first.
14.27 pm: Mel Jones during the pitch report mentioned that there will be something for the seam bowlers and there will be a good contest between the bat and ball.
14.23 pm: Vinayakk Mohanarangan on how West Indies are paying the price for playing reckless cricket under pressure.
“Trying to ask West Indies to play with less flair and more calculation is akin to telling George RR Martin to go easy on the violence in his novels. Its a defining trait.”
Read the FULL piece here
14.13 pm: West Indies captain Jason Holder admits his spluttering side will be underdogs when they face Bangladesh in a crucial World Cup clash on Monday.
Beaten in two of their four group matches, Holder’s team desperately need to secure their second win of the tournament as they chase a semi-final berth.
Holder concedes the West Indies don’t go into the match as favourites, but he is confident that will spur his players to upset the odds.
“If you want to put us in the underdog category, fair enough,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“We’ve played them quite a bit in the past and they’ve got the better of us, but it’s a different occasion and there’s lots at stake, so we’re all up for it.
“I don’t think there are any easy teams in this World Cup. We’re mid-table with five games left and the ball is in our court.
“We’ve got to play some consistent cricket going into the back half of the tournament.
“It’s quite a good stage to pick up some momentum. It’s a challenge against Bangladesh, so we just want to get over them and move forward.”
14.12 pm: Bangladesh hold the psychological edge when they face West Indies at Taunton on Monday, with both sides aiming to derail each other’s chances of progressing to the last four.
Both teams currently have three points from four games, having lost two games with one contest each ending in a washout for both sides.
Bangladesh have emerged triumphant in seven of their previous nine meetings against West Indies including their Tri-Nation Series win in May where they thumped Jason Holder and Co by a 4-0 margin.
West Indies’ explosive batting-order hasn’t clicked together so far in the tournament and at a Taunton ground with smaller boundaries, it will be interesting to see how Bangladesh prevent them from putting up a big total on board.