Bangladesh v Windies ODIs - Men's
Hope keeps Windies alive in Dhaka
Opener hits superb hundred as tourists level ODI series against Bangladesh
12 December 2018, 08:09 AM AEST
Shai Hope smashed a brilliant century as West Indies edged Bangladesh by four wickets in the second one-day international to level the three-match series 1-1 in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Opener Hope hit an unbeaten 146 off 144 balls, guiding West Indies to 6-256 in 49.4 overs after the visitors relied on three wickets from paceman Oshane Thomas to restrict Bangladesh to 7-255 in 50 overs.
It was the equal-second highest individual score by a West Indian in a successful ODI run chase, bettered only by Brian Lara's 153 against Pakistan, back in 1993.
Hope shared an unbroken 71-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Keemo Paul to help West Indies get their first victory on the tour and stay alive in the series after they suffered a five-wicket loss in the opening match on Sunday.
Paul, who remained unbeaten on 18, pushed spinner Mahmudullah towards midwicket to complete the victory.
The fate of the game was hanging in the balance until Hope struck three fours off pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman in the penultimate over.
Hope, who now has three ODI centuries, hit 12 fours and three sixes in his innings.
Highest scores by Windies batsmen in successful ODI chases 153 Brian Lara vs PAK, 1993 146* Brian Lara vs NZ, 1996 146* Shai Hope vs BD, TODAY@windiescricket #BanvWI— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 11, 2018
"I just kept backing myself and knew that as long as I bat till the end, we will win," he said. "I asked Keemo to bat deep. It wasn't an easy wicket in the beginning."
Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur claimed two wickets each for Bangladesh giving away 57 and 63 runs respectively.
Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal earlier each scored half-centuries to steer Bangladesh to a decent total at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shakib top-scored with 65 off 62 deliveries while Mushfiqur and Tamim made 62 and 50 respectively after West Indies invited the hosts to bat first.
Mushfiqur and Tamim laid the foundation of the innings with a 111-run second wicket stand after Thomas worked up lively pace early in the innings.
Thomas, who returned with bowling figures of 3-54, forced opener Liton Das to leave the field with a toe injury before handing Imrul Kayes a duck for West Indies' first breakthrough.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo dismissed Tamim, who faced 63 balls, to break his partnership with Mushfiqur, who soon became the second victim of Thomas.
Shakib, who smashed six fours and a six, then guided the lower-order to give Bangladesh a competitive score.
"It was a 50-50 match in the end, but we couldn't hold onto the pressure," said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. "It was a good match. Hopefully we'll come back strong in the next game."
The third and final match of the series will be held in Sylhet on Friday.