By Caribbean News Now contributor
DUBLIN, Ireland – Another impressive batting performance by West Indies batsman Shai Hope against Bangladesh in Match 2 of the Tri-Nation ODI Series at Clontarf Ground on Tuesday failed to prevent Windies loss by eight wickets.
The 25-year-old made 109 off 132 balls with 11 fours and a six – to follow-up his career-best 170 against Ireland at the same venue on Sunday. It was his fourth century in eight knocks and took him to over 2,000 career runs at an average of over 50.
West Indies made 261-9 after winning the toss and Bangladesh replied with 264-2 off 45 overs to win by eight wickets.
“My form is great and I’m delighted with the way I’m playing. I’m pleased with the runs… to get a century again, against a really good bowling attack, is great,” Hope said. “But obviously we’re not too pleased with the the result of the match… would rather we won today. We were going really well at 200 for two as we approached the 40th over, so to slide like that was not what we hoped for.”
Hope added: “… when I tried to up the ante I got out and that cost us a few runs. It’s pretty difficult to say just what would be a par score, but something over 290 and maybe 300 would have been more competitive.”
Hope featured in two good partnerships. He added 85 for the first wicket with Sunil Ambis (38) and 115 for the third wicket with Roston Chase (51) – his maiden ODI half century.
Before the match the teams and match officials held a minute’s silence in honour of Seymour Nurse, the former West Indies batsman, who passed away on Monday in Barbados at age 85. He played 29 Tests for the West Indies between 1969 and 1969 and scored 2,523 runs.
West Indies next play on Saturday against Ireland at Malahide. First ball is 10:45am (5:45am Eastern Caribbean Time/4:45am Jamaica Time).
Meanwhile, Hope and Chris Gayle have been named as the vice captains of West Indies team for the Ireland Tri-Nation Series and ICC Cricket World Cup, respectively.
Hope was named as the deputy to Jason Holder for the ODI Series that started on Sunday and runs until May 18.
Gayle, the hugely experienced 39-year-old opener and former captain, will be Holder’s deputy for the ICC Cricket World Cup to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. He has played 289 matches with 10,151 runs (average 38.16) including 25 centuries and 51 half centuries. His career-best is 215 against Zimbabwe during the ICC World Cup four years ago – the highest score by a West Indian in this format.
“It’s a tremendous honour to be appointed vice captain for this series here in Ireland. Ahead of this tournament I was asked to take on this role and I was happy to accept. Anything I’m asked to do for West Indies cricket I’m always happy and willing to put my hand up, so this is great,” Hope said.
Gayle said: “It is always an honour to represent the West Indies in any format and this World Cup for me is special. As a senior player it is my responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team. This will probably be the biggest World Cup, so there will be great expectations and I know we will do very well for the people of the West Indies.”