West Indies vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shai Hope dismisses strike-rate criticism, says purpose was to bat lengthy

West Indies’ low scoring price has come underneath extreme criticism after Bangladesh scripted the second highest profitable run chase in World Cup historical past, however Shai Hope defended his 121-ball 96, saying he regarded so as to add stability with wickets falling recurrently within the middle-overs.

Shai Hope’s 96 runs got here off 121 balls. AFP

Bangladesh chased down a goal of 322 with 8.three overs to spare and Windies captain Jason Holder mentioned they’d been under-par so far as scoring price was involved.

But wicketkeeper-batsman Hope brushed it apart, claiming that his foremost purpose was so as to add solidity to a facet that has been shedding wickets with regularity within the middle-overs throughout the ongoing 50-over showpiece.

“Whenever I step to the crease, it’s a case of batting as long as possible. Don’t leave it for anyone else in the final overs, you just have to take responsibility,” Hope was quoted as saying by ICC web site.

Seventh within the desk after three losses from 5 video games, the West Indies now face an uphill activity to make the World Cup semi-finals and Hope promised to do ‘no matter he can’ to assist the West Indies

“I can massively improve it (the strike rate). Whatever I can do to improve, I’ll do that,” he mentioned.

“But it was a bit of a difficult spot for me in the sense that we keep losing wickets in the middle overs and putting the lower half under a bit of pressure. Having said that we need to keep the innings together and get as many runs as we can, especially in the back-end,” added the 25-year-old.

Next up is a recreation towards New Zealand, in Manchester on Saturday, and Hope mentioned now’s the time for main soul-searching if he and his teammates are to show their kind round.

“It’s now must-win. We have to put everything into getting those runs. As a team, we have to go back to the drawing board, find solutions and go and win the game,” mentioned Hope.

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Published Date: June 18, 2019

| Updated Date: June 18, 2019


Updated Date: Jun 18, 2019 12:28:53 IST


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