Shai Hope 146* scripts memorable win for West Indies against Bangladesh
Shai Hope struck a career-best 146*. (AFP Image)

West Indies finally have reasons to be happy. Shai Hope, one of their few batting positives, on Tuesday, produced an innings that is sure to secure a special place in the history of West Indies cricket. The wicketkeeper batsman scored his third ODI century to help secure a four-wicket win for West Indies in a last-over thriller against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

2nd ODI Scorecard

Chasing 256, a target set by Bangladesh on the back of half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, Hope struck a career-best unbeaten 146 and saw West Indies over the line with two balls to go. Hope carried the entire innings on his shoulder with significant contributions from Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, and Keemo Paul down the order and helped West Indies draw level.

Hope, opening the innings, lost his partner Chandrapaul Hemraj in the second over. He and Darren Bravo put on 65 runs for the second wicket before the partnership was broken by Rubel Hossain. Upon Bravo’s exit, Samuels and Hope added a vital 62 run stand that steadied the West Indies innings in the middle overs. Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel struck in quick succession to leave the visitors in a spot of bother and 157 for 5 but Hope kept going. He hit 12 boundaries and three sixes.

With the asking rate climbing, Hope shifted gears with ease and brought up his 100 and added another 46 runs in quick time. He was supported well by Paul, who faced 31 balls for his 18.

Earlier, in their 100th international match together, the biggest trio in Bangladesh cricket stroked their way to half-centuries that paved the way for a 250-plus total. Tamim got 50 off 63 balls, Mushfiqur made 62 from 80 and Shakib was the innings’ top-scorer with 65 from 62 after Rovman Powell put the hosts in. Mahmudullah chipped in with 30, a handy innings that added to a dominant total.

West Indies tearaway fast bowler Oshane Thomas had the best figures of 3/54 while all but Roston Chase took at least one wicket.

Bangladesh found themselves in early problems after Liton Das was forced to retire hurt after being hit on the back leg. Then, a loose waft outside off stump from Imrul Kayes (0) off Thomas left the hosts at 14/1. Tamim and Mushfiqur put on 111 with the opener hitting four fours and a six in his fifty, which was followed by Mushfiqur exiting seven runs later, also edging Thomas to Hope behind the stumps.

Shakib and Mahmudullah added 61, and Shakib was last out at 239/7 in 47 overs having hit six fours and a six. Liton came back to bat and was out for 8.

Brief Scores: West Indies 256/6 in 49.4 overs (Shai Hope 146*; Mustafizur Rahman 2-63) beat Bangladesh 255/7 in 50 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 65, Mushfiqur Rahim 62, Tamim Iqbal 50; Oshane Thomas 3-54) by four wickets.