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Shai Hope Heroics Help Windies to Four-wicket Win, Series Level at 1-1

Cricketnext Staff |December 11, 2018, 10:36 PM IST
Shai Hope Heroics Help Windies to Four-wicket Win, Series Level at 1-1

Shai Hope’s third ODI century led Windies to a nail-biting four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second ODI in Dhaka, helping the visitors level the series at 1-1.

Hope’s innings of 146 off 144 balls was littered with twelve fours and three sixes, as he carried his bat in the second innings of the match which went till the last over.

Bangladesh had earlier posted 255-7 in 50 overs, with the trio of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan all scoring half centuries. However, it was Windies who began on the front foot in the match, Liton Das being struck by an Oshane Thomas yorker on his left ankle. Das was unable to continue, and Imrul Kayes soon joined him in the pavilion after he edged a delivery to the keeper, scoring a duck.

It was Tamim and Mushfiqur’s 111-run stand that got Bangladesh back on track, but the former departed shortly after reaching his 43rd ODI fifty, being caught at deep midwicket.

Mushfiqur was dismissed shortly after as well, cutting hard at Thomas delivery but only to find the edge to the keeper. Sixty-one runs were then put on by Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan for the fourth wicket. When a Kemar Roach slower ball found its way through Shakib’s defences, it triggered a phase in the match that saw Windies dominating till the death overs. Bangladesh reached 255 after they could only manage five runs in the last two overs – an indicator of how well the visitors bowled towards the end of the innings.

Bangladesh started with intent in the second innings, with Chandrapaul Hemraj being trapped in front of the stumps by Mehidy Hasan in the just the second over. The spin duo of Shakib and Mehidy stifled the Windies batsmen, who were unable to score a boundary till as late as the seventh over of the innings, scored by Darren Bravo.

It was at this stage that Hope decided to start freeing his hands, a six over wide long-off to the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman signalling his intentions. Next, Hope targeted Mashrafe Mortaza who was deposited for two sixes in the fifteenth over of the innings. But just as the partnership seemed to be headed somewhere, Darren Bravo was bowled by Rubel Hossain for 27.

Marlon Samuels came in next and continued on the foundation built by Bravo. At 132-2, it seemed like Windies were in cruise control when they were jolted by a Bangladesh fight back. Samuels (26) edged behind to Mushfiqur, before Hetmyer (14) top-edged to the square-leg fielder. Rovman Powell and Roston Chase were also dismissed quickly, and Windies suddenly found themselves reeling at 185/6 after 39 overs.

But Hope continued to give the Windies some of what his name suggests, as he reached his century from 118 balls. Being the only set batsman at that stage, he played cautiously till the equation required Windies to score 32 from 18 balls to win.

The first ball of the 48th over was subsequently dispatched for a six, and as Windies edged closer to the target with Keemo Paul giving Hope company at the other end. The final over saw Hope hit Mustafizur for three fours, before Paul finished off proceedings with two balls to spare as Windies claimed a thrilling win.

The third and final ODI of the series will act as a decider, and will be played on Friday at Sylhet.

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