Cricket World Cup 2019: Shai Hope anchors West Indies’ rally to 321 versus Bangladesh in Taunton
Shai Hope's 96 off 121 balls was the fulcrum of West Indies' total in Taunton. © AFP

TAUNTON: Shai Hope continued his affinity for Bangladesh’s bowling attack by hitting his seventh 50-plus score against them in ten innings, a solid 96 off 121 deliveries, to help West Indies post 321/8 in match 23 of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Taunton. Supporting him with fifties were Evin Lewis (70) and Shimron Hetmyer (50 off 26 balls) and Jason Holder who injected 33 off 15 balls after West Indies had lost two wickets in three balls.

Hope, who entered this World Cup match with a batting average of 94.57 in nine ODIs against Bangladesh, was the axis around which Lewis, Hetmyer and Holder revolved. He tucked singles with regularity to get his more free-scoring team-mates on strike, and the result was that West Indies put up their fourth-highest total in a World Cup match.

Sixteen wides added to that, significantly.

Chris Gayle’s 13-ball 0 set them back, but a partnership of 116 between Lewis and the reliable Hope gave the team a solid base from which they could attempt a surge in the last ten overs. Lewis clattered six fours and two sixes in his 67-ball 70, while Hope dropped anchor. Mohammad Saifuddin, who had Gayle edging behind, began with a burst of 3-1-12-1. Mashrafe Mortaza was frugal in his opening spell of 7-1-24-0. Lewis hit Mortaza for six and four to force Bangladesh’s skipper out of the attack, and then settled into nudging the ball around to raise his first fifty of the tournament, off 58 balls.

Hope, at this stage, was 37 from 62.

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Lewis then swung Shakib Al Hasan for two fours and a swiped six, but fell trying to dominate the left-arm spinner. Another mow across the line saw Lewis held at long-off. Nicholas Pooran threatened serious damage too – one six off Mehidy Hasan Miraz landed on the roof – but also fell to Shakib. Like Lewis, he went for six and found long-on. After conceding 24 in his first 13 deliveries, Shakib had pulled things back.

Shimron Hetmyer World Cup
Shimron Hetmyer hit 50 off 26 balls, with four fours and three sixes. © AFP

Hope, his fifty raised off 75 deliveries, broke a period of tidiness by advancing to Mustafizur Rahman and clearing mid-off for a stunning six. The bowler responded by banging in the ball, but Hope was ready and pulled for four. Agitated, Mustafizur went short again and five wides over Mushfiqur Rahim was the result. In the same over, Hetmyer got a life when Saifuddin missed a throw from short third man.

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Hetmyer, sensing an opportunity, cleared his leg and swung Saifuddin for two sixes in the next over. After 36 overs, West Indies were 210/3. The next to suffer Hetmyer’s force was Mosaddek Hossain, who was cut for four and heaved over midwicket for six. All Hope needed to do was get singles to put Hetmyer back on strike.

Hetmyer’s half-century took 25 balls and 34 minutes, but he fell next ball as he swung for six more but was well taken by a running Tamim Iqbal from deep midwicket. Andre Russell departed two balls later, forced to edge a lovely delivery from Mustafizur to Mushfiqur.

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Holder ensured Bangladesh didn’t celebrate for long. First ball, he lofted Shakib for six over long-on. Second ball, Holder timed a perfect cover drive for four. Mustafizur was lofted over extra cover for two, then pulled for four. Back came Mortaza, and Holder swung him over cow corner for six. Next ball, Tamim ran in from long-on and dropped Holder on 26. The ball, to Bangladesh’s chagrin, went for four.

Holder clouted one more straight four before he mistimed Saifuddin to mid-off, his brutal 15-ball 33 having kept West Indies ahead.

Hope went next, flicking a ball from Mustafizur straight to deep square leg to miss a fourth hundred against Bangladesh by four runs. A couple sixes to Darren Bravo, some needless wides and a misfield helped West Indies past 300, which they should believe is enough.

Brief scores: West Indies 321/8 in 50 overs (Hope 96, Lewis 70, Hetmyer 50) vs Bangladesh