CWC 2019: History boy Shakib Al Hasan keeping eye on ball for Bangladesh

Sport360 staff 11:06 25/06/2019
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Shakib Al Hasan is making history look easy at the 2019 World Cup but the all-rounder knows his fine form must continue if Bangladesh are to make the semi-finals.

The all-rounder hit 51 and then took a five-for in their 62-run over Afghanistan on Monday that keeps them in contention to catch England in the top four.

Shakib has now passed 400 runs and taken ten wickets in the same World Cup – a feat never before achieved by an all-rounder at this tournament.

But personal achievements are not the priority for the 32-year-old, who has passed 50 every time he has batted this summer, except for against Australia when he made a run-a-ball 41.

“I don’t rank my performance at all, but it is very satisfying when I’m contributing with both ball and bat rather than just in one sector,” he said.  “It was needed and important from my perspective and the team.

“Luckily I have been doing this, I am very happy with the way the tournament is going, but there are still two very important matches. India are the top side, someone who is looking at the title, it is not going to be easy but we will give it our best shot.

“Experience will help, we have to play our best cricket to be able to beat India. They have got world-class players who can take the match in their own hands. We have to be at our best but I believe we are a capable enough team.”

The win at the Hampshire Bowl on Monday owed much to a patient batting performance.

In addition to Shakib, keeper Mushfiqur Rahim also notched a half century to get them to 262/7 – and Afghanistan were then knocked over for 200.

“To be honest, we thought we had enough runs on the board. It wasn’t a wicket where teams can score 300-350, we knew it was always going to be difficult,” he added.

“They have three quality spinners and we had to handle them well. That is why we managed 260, our target was to bat 50 overs and get 240 as a minimum.

“I thought it was good thinking, we wanted to bat the overs and if we got more we would take that as a bonus. That gave us enough. to go out there and bowl Afghanistan out.”

Bangladesh’s final two games in this tournament are against India and Pakistan, and both must be won if they are to catch England and secure a place in the knockout stages.

“England have got three more matches and need to win one,” added Shakib.

“We have two and have to win both. It is difficult mathematically but that’s cricket, anything can happen.

“It will be tough but we have belief that we can pay well and get the result. That is all we can do and then we have to look at the other results.”

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Shakib Al Hasan creates history for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh continued their impressive campaign in the 2019 ICC World Cup with the Tigers comprehensively beating Afghanistan by 62 runs at Southampton.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was once again the chief architect of Bangladesh’s win with the left-hander registering a half-century with the bat while also claiming an excellent five-wicket haul (5-29) with the ball.

Shakib’s 51 and a gritty 83 from wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim helped Bangladesh post a challenging 262-7 batting first before they bowled out the Afghans for exactly 200 runs.

It was the third victory in the tournament for Mashrafe Mortaza and his men and it propelled them to fifth spot in the table behind hosts England.

Chasing a daunting 263 on a pitch where they nearly gave India a mighty scare a couple of days ago, Afghanistan started with a promising 49-run stand between openers Gulbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah.

That all changed once Shakib was introduced into the attack with the left-armer removing both openers in an excellent spell before he dismissed danger-man Mohammad Nabi for a duck.

A fourth scalp by Shakib reduced Afghanistan to 117-5 before Saimullah Shinwari and Najibullah Zadran briefly raised Afghan hopes with a gutsy run stand for the seventh wicket.

That stand, and Afghanistan’s resistance, was ended when Shakib had Zadran stumped to complete an excellent five-wicket haul.

Earlier, Bangladesh put in a solid display with the bat even though they lost wickets at regular intervals. Shakib shared crucial stands with first Tamim Iqbal and then Mushfiqur before his 51-run knock was ended by Mujeeb ur Rahman.

Mushfiqur, who struck a ton in his last outing, continued to march on at the other end before holing out for an 87-ball 83. A brisk 35-run cameo from all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain in the death overs helped Bangladesh build on the solid platform laid by Mushfiqur and Shakib.

Mujeeb was the pick of the Afghan bowlers on the day with the mystery spinner returning with figures of 3-39 from his 10 overs.

KEY MAN

Shakib Al Hasan

The Bangladesh star all-rounder’s magnificent World Cup continued on Monday with the southpaw registering yet another half-century. It was Shakib’s fifth 50-plus score of the tournament and it took him past Australia’s David Warner as the leading run-scorer.

Though Shakib was unable to convert it into a ton like he did against England and West Indies, the all-rounder’s innings was worth its weight in gold on a track which gripped and turned.

Shakib then followed up his excellent batting display with an ever better showing with the ball. His wily left-arm spin proved to be a tough nut to crack for the Afghan batsmen and resulted in five wickets.

A total of 476 runs with the bat an average greater than 95 along with 10 wickets with the ball means the all-rounder has been the player of the tournament so far.

KEY TAKEAWAY

Bangladesh’s experienced stars deliver again

Bangladesh had come into the World Cup with a strong core consisting of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah and Mortaza. Most of those names were on the top of their games again on Monday to nullify Afghanistan’s resistance in some style.

The same Afghan bowling attack had restricted title contenders India for just 224 runs at the same venue but they were unable to find the same joy against Bangladesh whose batsmen were far more authoritative.

Tamim, Shakib and Mushfiqur were in their elements on Monday to negate Afghanistan’s excellent spin attack and the side’s win means their semi-final hopes remain on track. The Tigers are now hot on the heels of the top-four and you wouldn’t discount their chances based on their solid campaign so far.

Bangladesh's senior stars continue to deliver.

Bangladesh’s senior stars continue to deliver.

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Shakib creates history

With his knock of 51 at Southampton, Shakib Al Hasan has now become the first Bangladesh batsman to bring up 1,000 World Cup runs.

Shakib also became the first Bangladesh bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in the World Cup with his display. He is now only the second player after India’s Yuvraj Singh to register a fifty and pick a fiver in the same World Cup match.

He is also now the first all-rounder to score at least 400 runs and pick up 10 wickets in the same World Cup edition.

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Shakib is in the form of his life.

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is hoping to carry on his stellar form into the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup clashes against Pakistan and India following his side’s latest 62-run win over Afghanistan.

Shakib’s magnificent World Cup continued on Monday at Southampton with the left-hander registering another half-century while also becoming the first Bangladesh player to claim a World Cup five-wicket haul.

The 32-year-old has now gone past Australia’s David Warner to become the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 476 runs in total but he was more delighted with his bowling display against the Afghans.

“I think the five wickets gave me greater pleasure,” Shakib told broadcaster Star Sports after Bangladesh’s win.

“I had to work really hard for the fifty. Mushfiqur (Rahim) played an important knock, without him we wouldn’t have got the runs. We knew it was going to be tough with their three spinners, so it needed a team effort.

“I did work really hard before the World Cup, I was well prepared. The best I could ever be prepared. It’s paying off. Definitely want it to carry on. Our next two games against India and Pakistan are big games.”

Shakib’s match-winning display with both bat and ball was lauded by Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

“Shakib’s been fantastic. He’s scoring runs and whenever we need, he’s getting us wickets,” the Bangladesh captain said after the game.

The win has lifted Bangladesh to fifth spot in the table with seven points from as many games and it keeps their hopes of making the semi-final alive. Mortaza has vowed that his side will give it their all against Pakistan and India as they seek to make a dream run to the semi-final.

“We will try our level best (against Pakistan and India), that’s all I can say to the fans,” Mortaza concluded.

Bangladesh now have a big gap before they take on India in their next clash at Birmingham on July 2.

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