/Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, ICC World Cup: Sensational Shakib Al Hasan keeps Bangladesh in semifinal contention – Times of India

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, ICC World Cup: Sensational Shakib Al Hasan keeps Bangladesh in semifinal contention – Times of India

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Shakib Al Hasan came up with a special all-round performance, steering Bangladesh to a 62-run win over Afghanistan on Monday and keeping their semifinal hopes alive in the World Cup.

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Mushfiqur Rahim (83 off 87 balls) and Shakib (51 off 69) showed their class on a difficult surface to help Bangladesh post a competitive 262 for seven after Afghanistan opted to field at the Hampshire Bowl.

Shakib, who also became the tournament’s leading run getter on way to his half-century, was also exceptional with the ball. The left-arm spinner ended with figures of five for 29 for in 10 overs, his best in ODI cricket.

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With this incredible effort, Shakib also became only the second cricketer after India’s
Yuvraj Singh to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match.

Chasing 263 was always going to be tough for a fragile Afghanistan batting line-up but 48 for no loss in 10 overs raised hopes that the Gulbadin Naib-led side might just get its first win of the tournament after six losses in a row.

However, the batting fell apart after Shakib removed Rahmat Shah (24) and from 49 for no loss, Afghanistan were reeling at 132 for six. The seventh wicket stand for 56 runs between Samiullah Shinwari (49 not out) and Najibullah Zadran (23) saved them the blushes. Afghanistan were eventually all out for 200 in 47 overs.

Bangladesh’s third win in seven games took them to seven points and if they win their remaining fixtures against India and Pakistan, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led unit will end the league stage with 11 points.

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Earlier, Rahim and Shakib shared a 61-run partnership laying the foundation for a decent score on a slow surface. The India-Afghanistan game here on Saturday also saw batsmen struggle to score freely.

Mosaddek Hossain (35 off 24) provided the much-needed fireworks in the death overs, taking the total past 250. The stand-out bowler for Afghanistan was spinner Mujeeb Ur-Rahman (3/39), troubling the batsmen with his variations.

Liton Das (16) was promoted to open the innings alongside Tamim Iqbal (36) with Soumya Sarkar pushed down the order. Das could not make the opportunity count and was caught at cover off Mujeeb.

World Cup: Shakib’s brilliance helps Bangladesh through Afghan test

Bangladesh strengthens their chance in WC Semis with win over Afghanistan

Shakib Al Hasan showed why he’s the top-ranked allrounder in one-day international cricket by scoring a half-century and then taking a five-wicket haul to steer Bangladesh to a 62-run World Cup win over Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

Shakib: The knight in shining armour for Bangladesh

Shakib moved atop the tournament scoring list with 51 to take his tally to 476 runs, then took 5-29 to lift his tournament wicket tally to 10. (Reuters Photo)

Mujeeb displayed his brilliance with the bowl

Mujeeb Ur Rahman took three wickets, including the key dismissal of Shakib in the middle, to return 3-39 from 10 overs and was the pick of Afghanistan’s. (Reuters Photo)

Mushfiqur’s experience helped the Tigers to a respectable total

Building a decent partnership with Shakib in the beginning, Mushfiqur Rahman went on to score his 2 half-century of the World Cup, helping his team to a total of 262. (AP Photo)

Despite the loss, Naib played a captains knock

Afghan skipper Gulbadin Naib added 2 wickets to his name and also consolidated the Afghanistan innings in the middle with steady 47 before falling prey to the danger-man Shakib. (AFP Photo)

Poor fielding cost Afghanistan the match

The Sloppiness in the field by the Afghani fielders gave away almost 35 runs which probably cost them the match.(Reuters Photo)

Bangladesh eyeing for a Semi-final birth

Bangladesh has a week off before its next game against India at Edgbaston, and then faces Pakistan. The top four teams after the group stage will advance to the semifinals. (Reuters Photo)

Iqbal and star all-rounder Shakib then shared a 59-run stand before Mohammad Nabi hit the former’s stumps, leaving Bangladesh at 82 for two in 17 overs.

Shakib, who surpassed David Warner to become the tournament’s leading run-getter, played a gritty knock that included just one four.

The world’s premier all-rounder has so far scored two hundreds and three half-centuries in the competition.

Rahim, who too has been in sublime form like Shakib, played another valuable knock for his team. Had he not fired, Bangladesh would have struggled to go beyond 225. His innings comprised four boundaries and a six.

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