‘Nervous’ Liton Das Pleased With ‘Special’ Innings

Written by Vipin Darwade

Bangladesh made one change to their playing XI against West Indies, by dropping Mohammad Mithun and picking Liton Das. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza hoped that the top-order batsman can ‘hopefully play some shots’, and that is exactly what the 24-year-old produced at Taunton on Monday.

His unbeaten 94 played the perfect supporting role to Shakib Al Hasan’s 124 as the duo saw Bangladesh through to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Jason Holder’s side.

“I was a bit nervous as this was my first match in the World Cup,” he said. “The first 15 balls I faced were short and I was a bit nervous facing them.

“But Shakib told me: ‘If you stay in for five or six overs on this wicket, then it’ll be easy. The wicket is good, so believe in yourself’.

“It was a pleasure to bat with Shakib and finish the game with him. It was a good innings, my pleasure.”

Chasing a mammoth 322, the pair added 189 runs for the fourth-wicket – the highest partnership in this year’s World Cup to give the Tigers two vital points.

The victory now moves Bangladesh to fifth in the points table – a point behind hosts England in fourth.

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