-Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 62 runs
-Bangladesh 262 for 7; Afghanistan 200
-Bangladesh moves up to 5th position of the table
Bangladesh stay alive in the World Cup with a big win over Afghanistan! And the credit for the win largely belongs to Shakib Al Hasan. Others also pitched in with runs and wicket, especially Msuhfiqur Rahim’s 83 helped Bangladesh reach 262 on a difficult pitch batting first.
But Shakib will dominate the headlines. He continued his good form with the bat as he scored 51 and then returned to take five wickets.
How did the match pan out?
Gulbadin Naib won the Toss and surprisingly opted to field first.
Bangladesh got off to a decent start with Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das. However, Mujeeb Ur Rahman drew first blood in the 5th over getting Liton caught out at short cover. Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal then steadied the innings with a 59-run partnership.
Mosaddek (35 off 24 balls) was dismissed on the final delivery of the innings but helped Bangladesh reach a dominant total of 262/7 on a tricky surface.
Afghanistan began well in the chase, with Rahmat Shah and Naib posting 48 runs without losing a wicket in the first powerplay. However, once Rahmat fell to Shakib in the 11th over, Afghanistan failed to sustain the scoring rate.
Shakib in Yuvraj club
Shakib al Hasan has matched Yuvraj Singh’s feat of taking 5 wickets and scoring 50 runs in the same World Cup match.
Shakib Al Hasan became only the second player to score 50-plus runs and take a 5-wicket haul in the same World Cup game. Only Yuvraj Singh of India had done it before. Yuvraj did it against Ireland in the 2011 World Cup.
Incidentally, Shakib and Yuvraj are the only two left-arm spinners to take five-wicket hauls in World Cups.
Shakib also became the first Bangladeshi batsman to pass 1,000 career World Cup runs and just the 19th man to reach the landmark.
The win kept Bangladesh’s hopes of making the semi-finals alive.