Tigers roar down Afghans
Shakib becomes first Bangladesh batsman to have 30 wickets and score 1000 WC runs
Shakib Al Hasan's all-round performance with fifer alongside half century kept Bangladesh in the semi-final race of the World Cup in progress beating Afghanistan by 62 runs on Monday at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton with seven points from seven games.
Earlier, Afghanistan invited Bangladesh to bat first and restricted Mashrafe led side at 262 for seven after authoritative batting of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Shakib, the best performer of the tournament so far, picked up his fifth 50-plus innings of the tournament from six involvements. He became the leading scorer of the tournament with 29 surpluses than Australia origin David Warner. Shakib scored 75, 64, 121, unbeaten 124, 41 and 51from his six World Cup innings of the ongoing event to soar on top with 476 runs. The best all-rounder of the format however, became the first Bangladesh batsman to collect 1000 World Cup runs on Monday. The top Bangladesh scorer of the day Mushfiq went for 83 runs, who completed his half century hitting the solitary six of the innings in the second ball of the 37th over delivered by Dawlat Zadran.
Bangladesh started their batting innings making a gamble that went wrong. The man in-form as Tamim Iqbal's opening partner Soumya Sarkar was sent at five while Liton Das, who had been brilliant at five was promoted to open the innings. Both of them failed. Liton scored 16 and Soumya 3.
The out of Liton created controversy, who had been caught at short cover by Hashmatullah Shahidi and on-field umpire gave out. 3rd umpire Aleem Dar defended field umpire in confusion that should favour batsman.
Tamim collected slow 36 off 53 balls. Mahmudullah contributed nicely with 27 runs despite calf strain in right leg followed by quicker 35 from Mosaddek Shaikat gave Bangladesh a reasonable total of 262. Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed three wickets while Gulbadin Naib took two for Afghanistan.
To defend 262, Bangladesh gifted eight extra runs among the first ten of Afghan scores as blue Tigers got good start from openers. Skipper Gulbadin Naib pairing with Rahmat Shah stood 49 runs' opening stand as Shakib gave breakthrough in the 11th over. He picked-up Rahmat while Mosaddek preyed Hashmatullah Shahidi to create pressure on Afghan batting line up.
Shakib claimed Gulbadin as his 30th World Cup scalp and second of the day to write his name on another golden plate. He is the sole winner in the world to claim 30 World Cup wickets backed by 1000 runs. He also became the first Bangladesh cricketer to haul five wickets in ODI cricket accompanied by a half century and 20th in the history of the 50-over cricket. Shakib is the lone man from Bangladesh to have a five-for in World Cup. This is the second instance in World Cup by any player to have a fifer and a half century in a match after Yuvraj Singh of India. Shakib also entered in top-10 wicket takers list having 10 scalps till date.
The man of the Match Shakib delivered his career best bowling performance of five for 29 from stipulated 10 overs. He was the player of the match in Bangladesh's previous two wins of the competition. Mustafizur Rahman grasped two wickets whereas Shaifuddin put the last pin on Afghan board to pack them for 200 runs.
Bangladesh will engage with India on July 2 in their penultimate game of the tournament followed by the last group stage battle against Pakistan on July 5. Bangladesh must look for win in both the battles to secure semi-final spot.