Shakib Walked Into Cricket History and Bangladesh Won Big
Scoring 51 and taking 5/29 Shakib became the second player in the world cup history doing that after Yuvaraj Singh did it in Bengaluru against Ireland in 2011. He followed up his 5/31 with an unbeaten 50. With 476 Shakib is now highest scorer in this world Cup.
Shakib has scored 476 runs and taken 10 wickets in this World Cup in six games. No player had scored over 400 runs and taken 10 or more wickets previously in a World Cup. The best all-round World Cup performances include Lance Klussner’s 281 runs and 17 wickets in 1999 World Cup and Yuvraj’s 362 runs and 15 wickets in 2011.
Shakib also became the first player in World Cup history to amass 1000-plus runs and take 30-plus wickets. He now has 1016 runs and 33 wickets in 27 World Cup games.
If England loses all their three matches against Australia, India and New Zealand and Bangladesh wins all one of the remaining two matches against India and Pakistan Bangladesh will march into the semi final ahead of England.
Bangladesh played this very crucial match against Afghanistan on the same surface of Rose Bowl Southampton where other day they almost shocked mighty India. The strong Indian batting line up struggled against quality Indian spinners. Bangladesh batsmen performed much better.
They had a plan against their spinners which they craftily executed to clinical perfection. Mushfiqur batted like a champion batsman sweeping, reverse sweeping, placing balls in the gap with soft hands scoring 83 impressive runs. Shakib continued in his brilliant form scoring yet another fifty (51).
Tamim (36), Mosaddek (35), Mahmudullah (27) contributed to impressive total of 262/7 on a wicket turning and gripping from the very fist over. Playing mystery Afghan bowlers Mujeeb and Rashid on such a wicket required extreme patience and highest skill.
Mujeeb unleashed his master class variation like a champion performer. He impressed all with his 3/39. Bangladesh played his other mates Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi much better than Indians did other day.
Chasing 263 for a win on such a wicket where Bangladesh spinners also excelled was a tall order well beyond the Capacity of Afghanistan. Moreover, Shakib appeared as a tormentor for them teasing with his accurate left arm spin.
The cutters of Mustafiz also gripped. Shakib alone destroyed Afghan resistance taking 5/29 in his 10 overs. Shell shocked Afghans could go as far as 200 and lost heavy by 62 runs. Few Afghans batsmen Gulbadin Naib (47), Rahmat Shah (24) and Nazibullah Zadran (24) got start but could not get going as Shakib avalanched them.
Mosaddek and Saifuddin returning to the team after recovering from their niggles contributed. But Mahmudullah injured his right calf while batting. But braving his injury he also contributed.
Bangladesh looked very impressive in the win. This match will go down in the cricket history as a unique solo for Shakib. The way he is playing it seems sky is his limit.
Hope the all-time great Sir Garfield Sobers would be proud that another left hander all rounder is matching him with superlative performance.
ICC World Cup 2019 Match 31 Played at Southampton Rose Bowl
Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan
Brief Score Card
Bangladesh 262/7 (Mushfiqur Rahim 83, Shakib Al Hasan 51, Tamim Iqbal 36, Mosaddek Hossain 35, Mahmudullah Riyad 27, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3/39, Gulbadin Naib 2/56) beat Afghanistan 200 All Out in 47 Overs (Samiullah Shinwari 49, Gulbadin Naib 47, Rahmat Shah 24, Nazibullah Zadran 24, Asghar Afghan 20, Shakib Al Hasan 5/29, Mustafizur Rahman 2/32, Mosaddek Hossain 1/25, Mohammad Saifuddin 1/33) by 62 Runs.
Player of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan.