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Windies close to exiting ICC World Cup after defeat to Bangladesh

- Shakib Al Hasan’s century spoils West Indies batting party
Shai D. Hope's made a calculated 96 but it was not enough to prevent a West Indies loss to Bangladesh in their ICC World Cup match in Taunton, England, today, June 17, 2019. Photo: BBC
The entertaining West Indies batsman Shimron O. Hetmyer delivered a brutal 26-ball 50 to boost the West Indies total against Bangladesh in their ICC World Cup match in Taunton, England, today, June 17, 2019. Photo: The Sports Rush
The entertaining West Indies batsman Shimron O. Hetmyer delivered a brutal 26-ball 50 to boost the West Indies total against Bangladesh in their ICC World Cup match in Taunton, England, today, June 17, 2019. Photo: The Sports Rush
TAUNTON, England, UK — When West Indies went past 300 runs against Bangladesh in their ICC World Cup match in Taunton today, June 17, 2019 victory would have been assured in the minds of their fans, especially since every team making 300-plus batting first had won in this World Cup.

But it was not to be as Shakib Al Hasan and Bangladesh had other plans as they achieved the second-highest run chase in Cricket World Cup history and left West Indies staring elimination in a surprisingly comfortable seven-wicket victory.

West Indies, batting first, had lost Christopher H. Gayle for a duck but were able post 321-8, thanks to Shai D. Hope's measured 96, Evin Lewis' entertaining 70 and a brutal 26-ball 50 from Shimron O. Hetmyer.

But Bangladesh, much to the shock of the West Indies fans, made light work of the run chase as they strolled to 322-3 to win with 51 balls to spare.

Regarded as the world's number one all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan seemed invincible as he scored an unbeaten 124 not out, his second successive century in the tournament, and Liton Das added 94 not out in his World Cup debut. They combined for an unbeaten 189 in 22.3 overs.

Victory lifted Bangladesh to fifth in the table and maintains their chances of reaching the semi-finals, while also effectively ending West Indies' hopes. Bangladesh have now won five one-day internationals in a row against West Indies.

West Indies must now win all of their remaining games- against New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan- to reach the semifinals for the first time in 23 years.

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