Will give our best shot against India: Shakib

Bangladesh have kept their World Cup hopes alive beating Afghanistan by 62 runs at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Monday obliged by a brilliant all-round show by Shakib Al Hasan.

We will give our best shot against India Shakib

Bathing in record galore, star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been topping all the stardom in the marquee ICC event.

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And after strangling Afghanistan by the first ever fifer of the World Cup by any Bangladesh bowler, Shakib oozing in confidence, said his side will pitch their best effort in the forthcoming decisive clash against hot favorites India.

“They are the top side. They are someone who is looking at the title. So it’s not going to be easy, but having said that, we’ll give our best shot,”

he told reporters.

“Experience will help, but experience is not the end of the world. We have to play our best cricket in order to be able to beat India,” Shakib said.

Bangladesh are now sitting behind fourth-placed England, who face Australia on Tuesday, in the vital race to enter into the semi-final via a top-four finish.

The 32-year old all-rounder said, “They got world-class players who can take the matters on their own hand. As I said, we have to be at our best, and I believe that we are a capable enough team.

“Very satisfying. It was needed. It was important from my perspective and from (the) team.

“Luckily, I’ve been doing this, and very happy the way this tournament is going so far,” he said.

Two experience campaigners Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim mastered timely half centuries laying the foundation for Bangladesh to score 262 for 7. The 51 runs knock elevated him to the leading scorer in this year’s World Cup with 476 runs.

Later he claimed his career-best ODI figures of 5-29 from 10 overs. Shakib became only the second player in World Cup history to take five wickets and hit a 50 in the same match after India’s Yuvaraj Singh against Ireland in 2011.


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