West Indies have taken long strides since their win against Pakistan, but all in the opposite direction to what they would have hoped.
A similar story was written down at Taunton, where a self-assured Mashrafe Mortaza decided to chase, adding Liton Das to the team as a formidable batsman.
Jason Holder seemed pretty satisfied too, and as the innings began, Mohammad Saifuddin was quick to remove Chris Gayle out on a duck. As a partnership built up, the duo of Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman put an abrupt but regular halt to the innings, despite some significant knocks by Shai Hope, Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer.
With a non-threatening score of 322, the Windies came out to bowl with another indefinite quantity of those short balls, removing the openers quickly after a blazing start. This was, however, just the calm before the storm. With the decibels at the stadium hitting an enthusiastic high, the fourth wicket partnership of 189* by the dynamic pairing of Das and Shakib Al Hasan truly snatched the game away from the men in maroon.
The man leading the way in this tournament, Shakib Al Hasan breezed into a comfortable, consecutive century, collapsing the opposition’s bowling into a messy heap.
Liton Das strengthened his position in the team as Bangladesh put in one of their most historic batting performances ever.