Brilliant crowd catch from Wahab six

By Sports Desk May 31, 2019

A Pakistan fan took a brilliant crowd catch from a Wahab Riaz six in Friday's ICC World Cup match against the West Indies at Trent Bridge.

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    The Tigers were undaunted by a target of 322, in-form all-rounder Shakib leading the way with 124 not out - a second successive hundred for the tournament's leading run-scorer - against a sluggish Windies attack.

    Liton Das added an unbeaten 94, sharing 189 with Shakib on a memorable day for Bangladesh, who romped home with 51 balls to spare and leapfrogged Windies into fifth position in the group stage.

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    Shai Hope (96 off 121 balls) and Evin Lewis (70 off 67) responded impressively to lay a strong platform, before Shimron Hetmyer (50 off 26) and skipper Jason Holder (33 off 15) raised the tempo in the latter stages of an innings that featured three wickets for Mustafizur Rahman and two for Shakib.

    A total of 321-8 looked to have left Bangladesh facing a tall order, given no team had chased down more than 245 in the competition prior to Monday.

    However, the Tigers got off to a quick start through openers Tamim Iqbal (48) and Soumya Sarkar (29), with the Windies looking lacklustre in the field, before Shakib took centre stage once again.

    Having made 75, 64 and 121 in his previous three innings, Shakib maintained his fine form and found an able partner in Das, with the pair able to score freely all around the wicket.

    The beleaguered Windies simply had no answer to Bangladesh's fourth-wicket pair, with Das even hitting Shannon Gabriel for three sixes in a row as his side closed in on a hugely convincing victory.

     

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    Monday's result realistically preserved Bangladesh's hopes of reaching the semi-finals. They are up to fifth in the table, having beaten South Africa and the Windies in impressive fashion.

    However, after a heavy defeat to England in their previous match, this was another dire performance from West Indies, whose bowling left much to be desired. Since thrashing Pakistan in their opening game, Holder's men have lost three matches and seen another rained off. It is hard to see them recovering from here.

     

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    The Proteas lost their first three games at this tournament, belatedly getting a point on the board with a washout against West Indies before picking up their first win thanks to a comfortable triumph over Afghanistan last week.

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    FIXTURES

    Monday 17 June:  West Indies v Bangladesh (Taunton) - 1030 BST start

    Tuesday 18 June:  England v Afghanistan (Old Trafford) - 1030

    Wednesday 19 June:  New Zealand v South Africa (Edgbaston) - 1030

    Thursday 20 June:  Australia v Bangladesh (Trent Bridge) - 1030

    Friday 21 June:  England v Sri Lanka (Headingley) - 1030

    Saturday 22 June:  India v Afghanistan (the Rose Bowl) - 1030, West Indies v New Zealand (Old Trafford) - 1330

    Sunday 23 June:  Pakistan v South Africa (Lord's) - 1030

     

    THE WEEK'S BIG GAME

    With over half their matches played and only three points to their name, South Africa can ill-afford any slip-ups. Their first assignment of the week comes against the Black Caps on Wednesday, in a repeat of the thrilling semi-final from four years ago that saw New Zealand squeeze through. If the Proteas can dish out a first defeat of the tournament to Kane Williamson's side, they will go into Sunday's clash against an erratic Pakistan with renewed hope of securing a top-four finish.

    STANDINGS

    1. Australia - 8pts from 5 games, Net Run Rate +0.812
    2. New Zealand - 7pts from 4 games, NRR +2.163
    3. India - 7pts from 4 games, NRR +1.029
    4. England - 6pts from 4 games, NRR +1.557
    5. Sri Lanka - 4pts from 5 games, NRR -1.778
    6. West Indies - 3pts from 4 games, NRR +0.666
    7. South Africa - 3pts from 5 games, NRR -0.208
    8. Bangladesh - 3pts from 4 games, NRR -0.714
    9. Pakistan - 3pts from 5 games, NRR -1.933
    10. Afghanistan - 0pts from 4 games, NRR -1.638

     

    LEADING RUN-SCORERS

    1: Aaron Finch (Aus) - 343
    2: Rohit Sharma (Ind) - 319
    3: David Warner (Aus) - 281

     

    LEADING WICKET-TAKERS

    =1: Mohammad Amir (Pak), Mitchell Starc (Aus) - 13
    2: Pat Cummins (Aus) - 11

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