Windies WC hopes left in ruins
West Indies' World Cup dreams lay in ruins after Bangladesh completed their highest-ever successful run chase to thrash the Caribbean side by seven wickets and leave them with a battle against the odds to reach the top four.
The two-time World champions laid down the gauntlet when they piled up 321 for eight off their 50 overs at Somerset County Ground, with Shai Hope falling short of his seventh one-day international hundred with a top score of 96.
Left-handed opener Evin Lewis struck a breezy 70 off 67 balls, while Shimron Hetmyer entertained with the joint-fastest half-century of the tournament when he carved out exactly 50 off 26 balls.
Captain Jason Holder hit out at the death to notch a cameo 33 off 15 deliveries as West Indies managed to surpass the 300-run mark for the fifth time this year.
In reply, Shakib-al-Hasan unfurled a superb unbeaten 124, while Liton Das shone with 94 not out as Bangladesh made light of the target to win with 51 balls remaining.
The pair staged a record unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 189, which allowed Bangladesh to extend their dominance over West Indies with their fifth straight win over them and eighth in 10 matches inside the last 12 months.
Opener Tamim Iqbal supported with 48 and Soumya Sarkar chipped in with 29, helping to drive an effort that saw Bangladesh move up the standings to fifth on five points.
Shimron Hetmyer gathers runs on the leg-side during his joint-fastest 50 of the tournament, which also saw him to 1,000 ODI runs yesterday.
West Indies, meanwhile, considered dark horses coming into the tournament, are adrift in seventh on three points with one win in five outings. With four games remaining - including fixtures against unbeaten India and New Zealand - they are in serious danger of early elimination.