The Magical Shakib Helps Bangladesh Clinch An Easy Win Over Afghans In The World Cup’19

6000+ runs at an average of close to 38.00, highest scorer in World Cup 2019 and close to 260wkts in mere 204 games and still a few years of cricket left in him, Shakib Al Hasan will indeed be remembered as one of the most iconic & best all-rounders of ODI Cricket in the same frame as probably Jacques Kallis, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Sir Garfield Sobers and Abdul Razzaq . Over the years he has become a great player not only for Bangladesh but also for the World Cricket. Shakib’s 51 runs with the bat and 5/29 with the ball yesterday makes It only the 2nd instance in World Cup, 20th instance overall and only the18th player in the history of ODI cricket to score more than 50+ runs and take 5 wkts or more in an ODI game.

Bangladesh after being put to bat first at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground posted quite a decent total of 262/7 in 50 overs. The openers gave a decent start while the middle order played proper solid cricket with Shakib Al Hasan (51 off 69) and Mushfiqur Rahim (83 off 87) laying the foundation for a respectable total. Mahmudullah (27) and Mosaddek (35) down the order gave the much needed punch with the bat too. From the bowlers, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman was again brilliant with the ball taking 3/39 in 10 overs. Some of the balls he delivered were too impressive for an 18yr old while Rashid Khan’s barren patch continues going wicketless in his spell of 10 overs.

Chasing 263, Afghanistan who made a few changes in the batting order were off to a solid start with openers putting on 49 runs but most of the batsman below them apart from Samiuallah (49*) failed to put any impact with the bat. It was required from them to play at a faster rate from beginning to avoid the death over pressure but the start itself was quite defensive which did not create a positive momentum for them. There was some fear in the Afghan batsman or maybe nervousness as they were not playing with their arms open, they were seen taking singles here and there, dodging the balls which helped Bangladesh take full advantage.

Eventually Afghanistan were restricted to 200 runs all out thanks to a hostile spell of spin bowling by Shakib-al-Hasan taking 5/29 in 10 overs with a maiden, Mustafizur was also impressive in his spell of 2/32 in 8 overs as Bangladesh won the match by 53 runs while Shakib Al Hasan for his feat of half century & a five wkt haul in the same match was declared ‘man of the match’

Bangladesh are sitting now at no.5 just below England, a few more losses for England and a wins in next two games for Bangladesh may create a major upset for the hosts as Bangla tigers are on a desperate hunt to reach the semi-finals spot. (though it will be very difficult but not impossible)

 

Haineel Shah

Article orignally written by the same writer for sportsnasha.com