Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been the highlight of Bangladesh’s performance in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019: His contribution with both bat and ball once again stood out as they beat Afghanistan by 62 to keep themselves floating in the marquee event. Shakib scored a crucial half-century and them a five-wicket haul and in the process registered a handful of records during their third win of the tournament.
Shakib has been in outstanding form
Batting first, Bangladesh posted 262 runs from their 50 overs with contributions from Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. They revamped their top-order bringing Liton Das at the top, but hardly it mattered. Liton departed early, but two back to back partnerships and late carnage from Mosaddek Hossain helped the Tigers post a challenging total on the board.
Afghanistan got off to a steady start in pursuit adding 49 for the first wicket in 10.5 overs. It was Shakib Al Hasan who provided the first breakthrough dismissing Rahmat Shah. Mashrafe Mortaza deployed spin from both ends as Mosaddek Hossain removed Hasmatullah Shahidi before Shakib came back to dismiss the dangerous looking Afghan skipper Gulbadin Naib. Samiullah Shinwari played a good hand but lacked support from the other end as Shakib ran down their line up with three more scalps. Mustafizur Rahman provided support claiming two wickets to wrap-up the Afghanistan tail.
Meanwhile, with his second wicket, Shakib Al Hasan achieved a rare feat in the World Cup. With the dismissal of Gulbadin, the veteran all-rounder claimed his 30th World Cup wicket and thus becoming the first-ever cricketer to have 30 scalps and score 1000 runs in the World Cup. Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya is the only player to have come the closest, scoring 1165 runs and picking up 27 wickets.
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Moreover, he is the only to score 400 runs in one edition of the World Cup and pick ten wickets. Currently, he is the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 476 runs leaving behind Australia’s David Warner. He will hope to keep up the excellent form as Bangladesh look for a top-four spot in the World Cup.