Shakib fires, Bangladesh stay in hunt

Bangladesh have kept their semi-finals hopes alive with a convincing victory of 62 runs over Afghanistan at The Rose Bowl, Southampton in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Being sent into bat first after a rain delay, Bangladesh changed their plans by sending Liton Das to open in place of Soumya Sarkar. Liton faced the first ball of the innings off Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Liton managed 16 as he was ‘controversially’ caught at short-cover by Hashmatullah Shahidi.

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In-form Shakib Al Hasan once again stepped up with Tamim Iqbal, who is yet in search of his best form. Mohammad Nabi went through Tamim to break 59-run stand as the left-hander departed for 53-ball 36 runs.

Meanwhile, Shakib registered his third fifty of this World Cup and also came back on top in leading run-scorers list. He turned out to be first Bangladeshi to surpass 1000 runs in World Cups, the 19th overall to do so.

Mujeeb brought Afghanistan back into the game with two quick wickets of Shakib (51) and Soumya (3). Mahmudullah Riyad struggled with his hurt calf. Yet he chipped in with 27 runs.

Mushfiqur Rahim continued on from where he left on in the previous match against Australia where he scored a ton. The wicket-keeper batsman was on course for another century but that was not to be as he skied off a Dawlat Zadran delivery in the penultimate over. He made 87-ball 83 runs hitting just 4 fours and a six.

Mosaddek Hossain’s cameo 35 off 24 guided Bangladesh to a challenging total – 262/7 in 50 overs.

Afghanistan’s opening pair – skipper Gulbadin Naib and Noor Ali Zadran made a positive start with 49-run partnership. Shakib got the breakthrough with Rahmat Shah’s wicket in his first over (11th over of the innings). Mosaddek got Hashmatullah Shahidi stumped moments later.

Shakib snatched the momentum towards Bangladesh with double wickets in the 29th over – Naib and Mohammad Nabi. He later dismissed Asghar Aghan and then Najibullah Zadran to pick up his second ODI five-wicket haul.

The ace all-rounder became the second player ever to score 50 runs and take 5 wickets in a World Cup match.

Afghanistan were bundled out for 200 runs in 47 overs to give Bangladesh a 62-run win. Samiullah Shinwari remained stranded on 51-ball 49*. Afghanistan have now lost seven from seven. Bangladesh are now with three wins from same number of matches including one washout.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 262/7 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur 83, Shakib 51; Mujeeb 3/39, Dawlat 2/56)

Afghanistan 200/10 in 47 overs (Samiullah 49*, Naib 47; Shakib 5/29, Mustafizur 2/32)

Afghanistan won by 62 runs

Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan

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