Bangladesh captain praises exceptional Shakib after Windies heroics

Bangladesh Chase 322 To Beat West Indies In World Cup Cricket

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With this win, Bangladesh have managed to keep their campaign afloat, while West Indies have plenty to ponder upon.

A day after skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza slammed the team management for judging the wicket by listening to commentary Sakib al Hasan found a positive side of it.

On a small ground where the margin for error for a bowler is so small West Indies paid dearly for going into the match with very little variations in their bowling by including five fast bowlers and not a single spinner whereas in comparison Bangladesh played three.

West Indies' 321-8 was built around Shai Hope's measured 96, Evin Lewis' entertaining 70 and a brutal 26-ball 50 from Shimron Hetmyer.

A dejected West Indies were further hampered by the injured Andre Russell - who earlier made a two-ball duck - barely able to jog after struggling through six overs, meaning they had to resort to Gayle's gentle off-breaks, while they were also sloppy in the field. He produced a piece of absolute brilliance to get rid of Tamim and force TV's Score Predictor to give WI a 40% chance.

Only Soumya Sarkar fell to a short ball in the game and that not because he wanted to save his body but was looking for an opportunity to hit a boundary over the top of the slip cordon.

They have still few tough matches waiting, most notably against Australia on Thursday in Nottingham, but after a big chase against West Indies, they will also go into the match confident.

"They try short balls against every Asian team".

"I didn't have much to say to Shakib bhai".

Once the bowlers had done their bit, Bangladesh, with an experienced batting lineup, chased down the target without any hiccups and make sure they gain two crucial points and remain in contention for making it to the semi-finals. And we prepared for those challenges, ' he added. He had not played an worldwide match for Bangladesh since May 15, when he made 76 off 67 balls opening the innings against Ireland.

Shakib said: "I told Liton that if you stay at the wicket then we can finish this game with three wickets down and after 10 or 15 balls, it was a treat to watch". We never looked under pressure. This was Liton's first World Cup match, having been drafted in for for Mohammad Mithun.

"They're a good team", he said of India. Against England on Friday, 14 June, West Indies collapsed from 144/3 in the 30th over to 212 all out in the 45th. "We are a skilled team and we are capable of counter those challenges".

"We knew up front in the first ten overs we had to really knuckle down and get through that period".

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