Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is hoping for a memorable 200th ODI when the Tigers take on New Zealand on Wednesday.
Bangladesh made a brilliant start to the 2019 World Cup, defeating South Africa by 21 runs with Shakib enjoying a fine day. The top-ranked all-rounder scored 75 to help Bangladesh post their highest ever ODI score of 330-6 before taking 1-50 to restrict South Africa to 309-8.
That match saw Shakib become just the fifth player after Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacques Kallis, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq to reach the landmark of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs. He was the fastest to that mark – 199 matches.
On Wednesday, Shakib will become only the third Bangladesh player to the 200-ODI mark after skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Mushfiqur Rahim. However, Shakib isn’t thinking too much about the milestone.
“I’m very happy the way I contributed (in the last game). If I do that every time, the stats will take care of themselves,” Shakib was quoted as saying by AFP.
“I don’t normally look at it (statistics), but if people are talking about it, I obviously feel happy.”
Bangladesh’s next opponents New Zealand are likely to be a more challenging prospect than the Proteas. A finger injury had forced Shakib out of the ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year in which the Tigers were blanked 3-0. Shakib wants to set the record straight on Wednesday.
“Building up to this World Cup, we knew what challenges we might face. We prepared well, so that gave us a lot of confidence and belief. We came to this World Cup wanting to do well,” he said.
“We are up for the challenge but at the same time we are relaxed. We knew we had the skill to beat big teams.
“I think that we are in a good place, mentally. I think if we can continue in this manner, we can go a long way in the tournament.”
The International Cricket Council found opener Roy had breached level one of its code of conduct, using an audible obscenity after a misfield during Pakistan’s innings.
Fast bowler Archer was found guilty of dissent towards an umpire’s decision following a wide delivery.
Both players have also had one demerit point added to their records. Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was fined 20 per cent of his fee, and his team-mates 10 per cent, for a minor over rate offence.
Pakistan won Monday’s match by 14 runs after setting England a target of 349.
It was an occasionally fractious encounter, with the umpires warning England skipper Eoin Morgan about his side throwing the ball in on the bounce and later issuing the same reminder to Sarfaraz.
England batsman Jos Buttler, meanwhile, seemed to take a look at the ball on his walk back to the pavilion after his knock of 103 came to an end.
Morgan said: “There were discussions throughout the whole of the two innings. The umpires came to me mid-innings and seemed to think that we were throwing the ball in on the bounce too much or it was being over-exaggerated.
“They emphasised it would be the same for both. The conversations that were stopping the game were that Pakistan were doing the same thing.
“Jos was just intrigued to see the ball. When the ball is hit against the LED boards it does scuff it up quite a lot so he was just interested to see if the ball was more scuffed up.”
Lesson one of the Cricket World Cup: don’t count out Pakistan.
The men in green, who had slumped to 11 embarrassing ODI defeats in a row – including four to England – somehow beat the tournament hosts and huge favourites at Trent Bridge on Monday.
There is a huge Pakistani expat community in England, and fans couldn’t contain themselves after a breathless victory that was wrapped up by star bowlers Mohammed Amir and Wahab Riaz with 14 runs to spare.
After the game, paceman Hasan Ali insisted Pakistan never lost self-belief after they ended a long losing streak in such dramatic fashion.
“We were very disappointed we lost 11 games in a row but one thing is very important, we believed in ourselves,” said Ali.
“We needed just a little bit of kick and then we will click. We got that kick. We needed the win because we are playing at the World Cup.”
Pakistan supporters well and truly appreciated their efforts – catch the video above!