Right, that’s it from me. Geoff Lemon will be with you very shortly for Bangladesh’s chase.
West Indies set Bangladesh 322 to win
At one point it seemed West Indies might only scramble to 270-odd. Then, briefly, 350 seemed likely. So perhaps somewhere between the two is a fair result.
WICKET! Bravo b Shaifuddin 19 (West Indies 321-8)
50th over: West Indies 321-7 (Thomas 5, Bravo 19) Shaifuddin takes the final over and he also starts with a wide but, unlike Mustafizur, he follows it up with another a couple of balls later … and another. It’s all entirely unnecessary – Thomas is the man on strike. A single puts Bravo on strike and he heaves over midwicket for six. Ten off the over and still three balls to go. Couple of dots, then a yorker does for Bravo. A strange, strange final couple of overs to complete a very strange innings.
49th over: West Indies 311-7 (Thomas 5, Bravo 13) Mustafizur comes in to send down the penultimate over and starts off with a wide but he improves from that point. Then we have a baffling moment – Thomas plays and misses, then absent mindedly swings his bat back up and over the stumps, then down on to the bails. It’s incredibly clumsy but not out as he’d finished playing his shot. Odd moment.
48th over: West Indies 305-7 (Thomas 1, Bravo 12) This has been a really fascinating contest, one that has ebbed and flowed more than just about any ODI innings I can remember (though, to be honest, my memory isn’t all that great). Bravo finally finds his mojo and a boundary – six off the last over long on.
47th over: West Indies 297-7 (Thomas 0, Bravo 6) Since Holder’s wicket – 20 balls, 15 runs.
Hope c Litton b Mustafizur 96 (West Indies 297-7)
Mustafizurhas bowled beautifully here, mixing up his pace and keeping the batsmen to three singles from the first five balls. From the last Hope, increasingly becalmed, shuffles to the off and looks to flick over square leg but can only pick out the man in the deep.
46th over: West Indies 294-6 (Hope 95, Bravo 4) Shaifuddin again and again this pair struggle to find the rope. Five singles and a couple from the last is all the batsmen get.
“My first cat was ginger too, named after (Kit) Marlowe,” writes John Starbuck. “His principle role was to lie on my legs whilst I was stretched out watching Test matches on TV. That was back in the ‘70s though. His pals and successors have been variously fascinated by cricket, some of them endeavouring to chase and catch the ball as it rolled towards the boundary. Not so much as for snooker though.”
45th over: West Indies 288-6 (Hope 91, Bravo 2) Holder and Hetmyer combined for 83 from 41. Handy. Mehidy returns with his off spin and keeps things nice and quiet – single, dot, single, single, single, single. Five from the over.
44th over: West Indies 283-6 (Hope 88, Bravo 0) Darren Bravo finally makes it to the crease.
WICKET! Holder c Mamudullah bShaifuddin 33 (West Indies 282-6)
Holder, who is batting wonderfully, clonks Shaifuddin down the ground for four more. He goes to 33 from 14. And, of course, he then skies one into the deep for Mamudullah to pouch.
43rd over: West Indies 274-5 (Hope 86, Holder 27) Mashrafe brings himself back into the attack and Holder smites him into the stands at long on. He goes for it again from the next but toe-ends it a little – Tamim, diving in, watches the ball bounce under his hands and disappear for four.
“Many thanks for the magnificent pic of Brian, the Somerset cat,” writes Robert Wilson. “First off, way to go unapologetic ginge. Plus great name. I had a cat called Colin and a grumpy life-ruiner named Norman but I think Brian shades it just for how melancholy it would sound shouted reproachfully across the chilly wastes of an empty sports stadium as a winter evening draws in. The best bit is the expression though. If you give a single minute to inspecting the physiognomy of that redoubtable animal, it quickly becomes clear that this is a cat that really hates cricket. It’s magnificent.”
42nd over: West Indies 261-5 (Hope 84, Holder 16) Who knows where we go from here. The tide just keeps turning. Hope drives sweetly for one, Holder lofts for two. The West Indies captain pulls hard for four from the last but this has been an excellent return from Mustafizur, whose figures for the 40th and 42nd over read 2-0-10-2.
41st over: West Indies 254-5 (Hope 83, Holder 10) Holder’s turn to have them ducking in the stands – a huge slog-sweep off the returning Shakib that disappears into the crowd. He follows that up with a glorious orthodox cover drive for four. Eleven from the over.
40th over: West Indies 243-5 (Hope 82, Holder 0) Well that changes the tone to some extent! Three runs and two wickets from that over. Jason Holder comes out to join Hope, with Bravo – in the side as an extra batsman – sliding down the order.
WICKET! Russell c Mushfiqur b Mustafizur 0 (West Indies 243-5)
Fair to say Bangladesh needed that. And they’ve got another! A gorgeous delivery from the Fiz, moving across Russell and finding the edge.
WICKET! Hetmyer c Tamim b Mustafizur 50 (West Indies 242-4)
Hetmyer goes to his 50 off just 25 balls, but that’s yer lot. A skew steeples into the Somerset sky and Tamim takes a tricky tumbling catch in the deep.
39th over: West Indies 240-3 (Hope 81, Hetmyer 49) Mehidy keeps this pair to a series of six singles, which Bangladesh will certainly take at this stage.
38th over: West Indies 234-3 (Hope 78, Hetmyer 46) Hetmyer crashes Mosaddek for another boundary through backward point, pulls for a couple, then heaves over cow corner for six! He moves on to 44 from 18, already a game-changing knock. Fourteen from the first three but Mosaddek responds well – a couple of dots then a scampered two.
37th over: West Indies 220-3 (Hope 78, Hetmyer 32) The return of the pace bowlers really hasn’t worked, so Bangladesh opt to take a bit of heat off the ball and Mehidy comes back into the attack. The now helmet-free Hetmyer responds with another cracker – a beautiful back-foot off drive placed precisely for four.
36th over: West Indies 210-3 (Hope 74, Hetmyer 26) Shaifuddin steams in once more with Bangladesh under a bit of pressure for pretty much the first time in the match. PLONK! Hetmyer hooks hard for a big six at backward point. And from the last there’s an even bigger hit – a gigantic slog sweep that has them running for cover on Taunton high street. Fifteen off the over and Hetmyer moves on to 26 from 12.
35th over: West Indies 193-3 (Hope 69, Hetmyer 14) The left-arm-round Mustafizur returns to the attack. And Hope welcomes him by launching him flat-batted over long off for six! What a shot that was. And he follows it up with a hook for four more. Mustafizur – a touch irked – then sends down a bouncer that flies over batsman and keeper and zips away for five wides.
Yeesh – he follows that with another wide: 16 off the over, three balls still to go. A dot follows then there’s more chaos – the batsmen looking at each other in the middle of the pitch as short third man takes aim at the vacant stumps … and misses. Two off the last and an over Mustafizur will not want to hear from ever again.
34th over: West Indies 174-3 (Hope 58, Hetmyer 12) Hetmyer means business here – he thunks Shaifuddin to cow corner for four. Eight off the over.
33rd over: West Indies 166-3 (Hope 55, Hetmyer 7) Things are in danger of unravelling here for West Indies – both times they’ve looked to really accelerate they’ve lost a wicket. Hetmyer looks to pepper the spectators straight away, slog-sweeping away for a couple, then smartly sweeping in more orthordox fashion for four.
WICKET! Pooran c sub b Shakib 25 (West Indies 159-3)
More, more, more from Shakib. Out, out, out goes Pooran! He slogs hard but can’t get a clean hit on Shakib and can only launch the ball to long on.
32nd over: West Indies 158-2 (Hope 54, Pooran 25) Shaifuddin (3-1-12-1) returns and has Pooran playing and missing wildly outside off. A couple of singles later, he repeats the trick off the last. An excellent return – just two off the over and that run rates drops below five again.
31st over: West Indies 156-2 (Hope 53, Pooran 24) The West Indies run rate creeps above five-an-over for the first time – they’ll be eyeing 300, though it’s far from a certainty. Shakib again restricts the batsmen to singles, five of them this time.
30th over: West Indies 151-2 (Hope 51, Pooran 21) Pooran is ready to go. He launches Mehidy down the ground for a couple but finds the sweet spot next ball, back over the bowler’s head for a huge six. New ball required. But a good response from the bowler – three dots and a single follow that huge hit.
“If E and L wander off, there could be HANDBAGS,” frets Nick Way.
29th over: West Indies 141-2 (Hope 51, Pooran 12) Shakib rattles through an over so quickly I barely noticed it happened. Just two from it.
28th over: West Indies 139-2 (Hope 50, Pooran 10) Mehidy returns. Hope skips down the wicket and clunks a drive down the ground for two, then a skittered single takes Hope to his half century. Pooran joins the fun, thrashing low through point for four more. Nine from the over.
27th over: West Indies 130-2 (Hope 47, Pooran 5) Shakib continues and keeps the batsmen to just a single.
26th over: West Indies 129-2 (Hope 46, Pooran 5) There’s certainly more intent about West Indies now. Mosaddek offers a bit of width for just about the first time and Pooran gets off the mark with a firm cut for four.
25th over: West Indies 122-2 (Hope 44, Pooran 0) Pooran plays and misses at his first delivery and Shakib follows up his wicket with three dots.
WICKET! Lewis c sub b Shakib 70 (West Indies 122-2)
WHUMP! Lewis gets on one knee and slog-sweeps Shakib into the square-leg stands. The world’s No 1 all-rounder is struggling so far. And, pretty much as I’m typing that, he gets his man. Lewis is aiming for the stands again but this time skews to long on.
24th over: West Indies 114-1 (Hope 44, Lewis 62) Mosaddek rattles through another – six fuss-free singles off it.
23rd over: West Indies 108-1 (Hope 41, Lewis 59) Lewis brings up his half-century (from 58 balls) with a neat push down the ground for a single. He’s batted nicely since a slightly scrappy start. Hope then cuts for three, a brilliant bit of fielding on the rope forcing the batsmen to panic-scamper the third. Another single brings up the 100 for the Windies and back to back boundaries for Lewis – the first swept fine, the second slammed uppishly through backward point – mean 14 from the over and a bit of much-needed acceleration.