West Indies opener Shai Hope made a kind of habit of scoring hundreds against Bangladesh as the cricketer struck his third successive hundred against the side in one-day international in Dunedin on Tuesday.
Hope struck a brilliant 109 off 132 balls against Bangladesh in their second game of ongoing tri-series in Ireland, also his second consecutive hundred in the series, which came after he made a scintillating 170 off 152 balls in Sunday’s tournament opener.
With the innings featuring 11 fours and a six, Hope became the first cricketer to score three successive hundreds against Bangladesh in ODI format.
Hope’s magnificent run against Bangladesh started in December last year when he made back-to-back hundreds in the last two matches of three-match ODI series.
After making a promising 43 off 59 balls in the series opener in Mirpur, Hope made two unbeaten hundreds of 146 and 108 runs respectively, though his man of the series performances failed to inspire West Indies to series victory.
Hope finished the series with 297 runs, the highest collection for West Indies in a three-match ODI series and overall eighth in the category.
After hitting a destructive innings and creating a new world record opening stand with John Campbell (365 runs) against Ireland on Sunday, Hope found his favourite opponents Bangladesh in the next game in the tri-series campaign.
Whereas Hope’s career ODI average is 48.68 before the match, his ODI average against Bangladesh was 98.00 before this contest as he scored 392 runs in six matches.
The 25-year old, who was playing his 47th ODI innings, also got a few more records on course to his latest hundred, his sixth in career, as he became the fastest West Indies batsman to score 2000 ODI runs at 43.
He provided West Indies with another solid opening stand of 89 runs with makeshift opener Sunil Ambris (38), who replaced injured Campbell.
Although West Indies lost two quick wickets but Hope was still steady at the crease and made another 115-run stand with Roston Chase (51) that took them to 205-3 in the 41st over.
Mashrafee bin Murtaza scalped Hope and West Indies started fumbling almost immediately, which further highlighted the significance of his innings.