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ICC World Cup 2019 | 'Nervous' Liton Das Pleased With 'Special' Innings

Bangladesh made one change to their playing XI against West Indies, by dropping Mohammad Mithun and picking Liton Das. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza hoped that the top-order batsman can ‘hopefully play some shots’. That’s exactly what the 24-year-old produced.

Cricketnext Staff |June 18, 2019, 5:23 AM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | 'Nervous' Liton Das Pleased With 'Special' Innings

Bangladesh made one change to their playing XI against West Indies, by dropping Mohammad Mithun and picking Liton Das. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza hoped that the top-order batsman can ‘hopefully play some shots’, and that is exactly what the 24-year-old produced at Taunton on Monday.

His unbeaten 94 played the perfect supporting role to Shakib Al Hasan’s 124 as the duo saw Bangladesh through to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Jason Holder's side.

“I was a bit nervous as this was my first match in the World Cup,” he said. “The first 15 balls I faced were short and I was a bit nervous facing them.

“But Shakib told me: ‘If you stay in for five or six overs on this wicket, then it’ll be easy. The wicket is good, so believe in yourself’.

“It was a pleasure to bat with Shakib and finish the game with him. It was a good innings, my pleasure.”

Chasing a mammoth 322, the pair added 189 runs for the fourth-wicket – the highest partnership in this year’s World Cup to give the Tigers two vital points.

The victory now moves Bangladesh to fifth in the points table - a point behind hosts England in fourth.

The wicketkeeper-batsman impressed in his innings of 73 during the warm-up game against India but failed to make the cut in Bangladesh's playing XI for the group stage encounters, until Monday’s fixture. Das revealed that this innings had a feel-good factor.

“I did well against India, but this was special,” he added.

“Nobody could imagine doing this [in a first World Cup game]. It feels good.”

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2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
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