Shakib: We knew what was coming from impatient Windies

After scoring an unbeaten 124 to help Bangladesh crush West Indies, Shakib Al Hasan said Jason Holder's team was not disciplined enough.

Shakib Al Hasan topped the leading run-scorers chart of the World Cup 2019.   -  Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan felt West Indies' bowlers lacked patience as Bangladesh brutally exposed its attack in a heavy seven-wicket victory in the World Cup 2019 match at Taunton on Monday.

Bangladesh made light work of chasing down 322, reaching its target with 51 balls to spare, as Shakib (124 not out) smashed his second successive century to become the leading scorer at this World Cup.

West Indies' 321-8 meant Bangladesh needed to complete its highest successful ODI chase to win, yet they did so with ease, reaching 322-3 as Shakib and Liton Das (94 not out) put on an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 189 by feasting on a series of short and wide deliveries.

"They bowled, I think, 280 a side either full or short," Shakib said at the post-match news conference.

"We knew it was going to come and we prepared for those challenges. I thought the wicket played really well today, so we could play our shots. We could play our shots in gaps.

"Everyone had their own ways to adjust to those short balls, and I think everyone had their particular game plan which worked brilliantly."

 

Asked for his view on West Indies' bowling, Shakib added: "I thought at certain times they bowled well. They bowled [in] good areas.

"But I thought they were not patient enough to bowl in good areas for a longer period of time."

Bangladesh moved into fifth in the group stage with its second victory of the tournament, boosting its chances of making the semi-finals.

Shakib, who looked comfortable against the likes of Sheldon Cottrell and Shannon Gabriel, felt that his team has been doing well against the quicks at the World Cup.

"We've been facing some of the best fast bowlers in the last four matches," Shakib said.

"Every match - every team [has] got, I think, at least two bowlers who bowl 140 [kilometres], and we've been coping up well.

"We're not worried about that because we played England. We played West Indies."

West Indies appeared to have no Plan B, which was not helped by the fact there was not a frontline spinner in Jason Holder's team.

Yet the Windies captain stressed his quicks could have "done their job" and felt there was no need for an extra batsman either.

"In hindsight you could sit here and ponder on a few things - I think the balance was not an issue," Holder said.

"As I said, we didn't execute. Execution for me today was the issue."