Twitter Reactions: Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das pick the bones out of Windies in Taunton

Twitter Reactions: Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das pick the bones out of Windies in Taunton

The fourth-wicket stand fetched a colossal 189 runs.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

A few days ago, Bangladesh beat the Windies thrice in the tri-nation series in Ireland. On Monday, Mashrafe Mortaza and Co soared above the expectations and scripted their maiden victory versus the Caribbean team in the World Cup. They won by seven wickets with a significant 51 balls to spare. With their third defeat, the Windies drop down to the seventh position on the points table.

Shai Hope shepherds the Windies

Both teams made one change to their playing eleven. While Bangladesh benched Mohammad Mithun and got in Liton Das, the Windies gave Darren Bravo a chance instead of Carlos Brathwaite. The Tigers won the toss and didn’t hesitate to field first under overcast conditions. Mortaza’s men got off to a superlative start as Mohammad Saifuddin got rid of the dangerous Chris Gayle for a 13-ball duck.

Shai Hope and Evin Lewis put their heads down and stitched together a stand of 116 for the second wicket. Lewis was the more attacking of the two and he notched his fifty off 58 balls. Shakib Al Hasan broke the ominous-looking stand, getting rid of Lewis, who scored a 67-ball 70. Nicholas Pooran threw his bat at everything and became Shakib’s second victim. At the other end, Hope looked determined.

He took 75 balls to notch his fifty. After Pooran’s dismissal,  Shimron Hetmyer was in no mood to die wondering. The southpaw scored 50 off 26 with four boundaries and three sixes. Andre Russell fell prey to Mustafizur Rahman. Just when Hope seemed to score a century, Mustafizur nipped him out. Jason Holder and Darren Bravo played cameos of 33 and 19 to lift the Windies to a formidable 321 for eight.

Shakib and Liton dominate

Bangladesh got off to a stupendous start as Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar cobbled together a stand of 52 runs off 8.2 overs. However, the latter would be disappointed as he got out to Russell after a 23-ball 29. Tamim, who wasn’t in the best of touch, gained momentum and scored 48 runs off 53 deliveries with six boundaries. A brilliant reflex-action throw from speedster Sheldon Cottrell cut short his knock.

In the very next over, Mushfiqur Rahim knicked one down the leg side off Oshane Thomas. The onus was then on Shakib, who got to 6,000 ODI runs. The southpaw continued in his merry way and got to his fifty off 40 balls. From there on, Bangladesh kept drilling nail after the other in the Windies coffin. Shakib went from strength to strength and notched his ninth ODI ton off 83 balls through a drive off Thomas.

Liton, at the other end, creamed the bowling with the utmost ease. The right-hander smacked three sixes off Shannon Gabriel in the 38th over to make the game a completely one-sided affair. He got to his fifty off 43 balls. Both Shakib and Das continued to dominate. The fourth-wicket stand fetched 189 runs. Even as Shakib stayed not out on 124 off 99, Liton carved his way to a masterful 94* off 69 balls.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Bangladesh’s thunderous victory