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Shakib rejoices in scripting record chase
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Shakib rejoices in scripting record chase

Shakib Al Hasan believes his splendid knock of 124 in Bangladesh's resounding seven-wicket victory over the West Indies is right up there among the best innings of his career.

Shakib produced an immaculate performance to lead his side to the second highest chase in World Cup history, as Bangladesh completely routed their opponents reaching the target of 322 with 8.3 overs to spare.

Shakib's rapid innings was complemented well by Liton Das' strong show with the bat, who himself briskly scored 94 runs in 69 deliveries.

Das and Shakib's lightning stand of 189 also became the second highest partnership for the fourth wicket in a World Cup game.

Shakib reveled in the ease with which Bangladesh mounted the competitive total as he rated his team's performance as one the best he has ever seen on the field.

"It's obviously one of the best, because the way we chased that run, the way I paced the innings, I was never in a rush. I didn't have to play too many shots from a good ball," he told reporters.

"I had to be patient. And I was patient enough to put the bad ball away.

"I think every time I did that quite well. And it's one of the key things in my batting in this chase."

'We were never in doubt to chase'

While the World Cup had so far seen teams batting second struggle, Shakib stated his side was never in doubt to chase down the steep target.

He revealed the atmosphere in the dressing room was rather calm after the conclusion of the first innings and the players were confident about their abilities to tame the West Indies' bowling attack.

"At the end of the first innings in the dressing room no one felt that this was tough. Everyone was comfortable and was chilling," he said.

"It gave a lot of confidence in the dressing room and belief that we could chase that run.

"Once we started batting, I think the way the openers started their innings, everyone in the dressing room felt good and comfortable and relaxed.

"That helped us a lot. So at no point of time we had to panic."

Shakib has now scored two centuries and two fifties in the tournament as he currently sits atop the run charts.

In the course of his magnificent knock, he also reached a personal milestone by becoming only the second batsman from his country to complete 6,000 runs in ODIs.

Shakib optimistically spoke of Bangladesh's chances of advancing to the semi-finals and hoped to churn up similar knocks in the remainder of the tournament.

"I don't know if this is the best I have been batting or not, but so far it's going well and fingers crossed, hope it continues," he said.