This partnership of 224 runs off 209 balls for the fifth wicket is the highest ever for Bangladesh in the history for any wicket. The previous highest was 178 by Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim against Pakistan in 2011 in Dhaka. The previous fifth wicket highest partnership was 148 by Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib against Zimbabwe in 2014 in Chittagong.
This partnership is now the second highest partnership for any wicket in Champions Trophy. Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting had shared 252* against England in Centurion in 2009. West Indies’ Runako Morton and Brian Lara had added 137, the previous best for the fifth wicket in the tournament, against Australia in Mumbai (BS) in 2006.
224-run partnership stands one top in ODI matches at Swalec Stadium, Cardiff. The record was previously held by Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli in 2011 against England. They had put on 170 for the third wicket.
In the ninth game of the tournament, Bangladesh were chasing 266 against New Zealand. They were put down to 33/4 in 11.4 overs. When it was looking impossible for them to win, Shakib and Mahmudullah proved to be the rescuers.
Both scored centuries. Shakib hammered 115-ball 114 with 11 fours and a six, his 7th ODI ton. Mahmudullah smashed unbeaten 102 runs off 107 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. Their partnership of 224 runs helped Bangladesh win by five wickets with ten balls to spare.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com