• Hope ton squares series for West Indies

    A superb century from opening batsman Shai Hope carried the West Indies to a tight four-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Tuesday’s second ODI at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

    Pursuing a challenging 256-run target, the tourists relished triumph with two deliveries to spare.

    Hope recorded a third ton in a burgeoning limited-overs career en route to a match-winning 146 not out. His stay spanned 144 deliveries – and featured a dozen fours and a trio of towering sixes.

    It also marked his highest score in ODI competition, surpassing the unbeaten 123 struck against India in Visakhapatnam earlier this year.

    Earlier, steady half-centuries from opener Tamim Iqbal, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan pushed the Tigers to a final total of 255 for seven.

    The trio’s individual and collective contribution was particularly important, after duo Liton Das and Imrul Kayes shared a mere 10 runs.

    Seamer Oshane Thomas proved the pick of the Windies bowlers, snaring telling figures of three for 54, which included the key dismissals of Kayes and Rahim.

    Tuesday’s result saw the series squared one all. The third and final ODI will be played in Sylhet on Friday. Three T20Is will follow.


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