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Twitter Reactions: Calm-headed Shai Hope holds nerve in thriller at Dhaka

The Windies drew level in the three-match series.

Shai Hope
Shai Hope. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After losing the first ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka, the Windies found themselves in trouble, but they didn’t throw in the towel by any means. Rather, Rovman Powell and Co put their best foot forward and won the second encounter at the same venue by four wickets courtesy of a stupendous knock from Shai Hope. Most importantly, the visiting team drew level in the three-match series.

Bangladesh put on a respectable score

Windies won the toss and elected to field first. The start wasn’t an auspicious one for Bangladesh as opener Liton Das had to be stretchered off after Oshane Thomas smacked him on his right leg. The speedster got rid of Imrul Kayes to pile on more misery for the hosts. However, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim steadied the ship with a useful stand of 111 runs from 120 deliveries.

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Devendra Bishoo broke the stand by dismissing Tamim, who notched 50 runs from 63 balls with four boundaries and a six. To the Windies’ delight, Thomas nipped out Rahim three overs later after the keeper scored 62 runs with five fours. Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan notched 65 and 30 respectively to guide the Tigers to a competitive score of 255 for the loss of seven wickets.

Hope shepherds Windies

The run-chase turned out to be a hard grind for the Caribbean team. Mehidy Hasan Miraz trapped Chandrapaul Hemraj to strike first blood. Nevertheless, Darren Bravo and Shai Hope put their heads down for a 65-run stand. Rubel Hossain rattled Bravo’s woodwork in the 17th over. Thereafter, Hope and Marlon Samuels cobbled together 52 runs following which Mustafizur Rahman removed Samuels.

Shimron Hetmyer couldn’t contribute and became Rubel’s second victim. In the very next over, Mashrafe Mortaza accounted for Rovman Powell’s wicket. Mustafizur removed Roston Chase to put the Windies in dire straits. At the other end, Hope scored his third ODI century to keep his team in contention. The right-hander stayed not out on 146 from 144 balls to his see his team through.

Here is how Twitter hailed Hope

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