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Shakib longing for more heroics

  • Published at 02:44 am June 25th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan celebrates with teammates during their World Cup match against Afghanistanin Southampton Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Southampton

Shakib al Hasan is determined to maintain his form in the remaining two group phase games against India and Pakistan

Maverick Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan expressed satisfaction after yet another brilliant performance in the World Cup, but said he is focusing on the remaining two group stage matches.

The Tigers beat Afghanistan by 62 runs at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Shakib’s all-round performance - 51 runs with the bat and 5/29 with the ball - earned him the man-of-the-match award. 

Shakib is now the top-scorer of World Cup 2019 with 476 runs in six innings at an average of 95.2 and strike rate of 99.1.

The southpaw informed that he is happy with the form he is in, having contributed greatly for the team so far.

With that said, Shakib is determined to maintain his form in the remaining two group phase games against India and Pakistan.

“My performance is very satisfying so far. It was needed. It was important, from my and my team’s perspective. Luckily, I've been doing this, and very happy the way this tournament is going so far for me. Still we have two more important matches left, and hopefully we can go beyond the group stage. First things first, we have a very important game coming up against India. They are the top side. They are one of the title contenders. So it's not going to be easy, but having said that, we'll give our best shot in the next game,” said Shakib during the post-match press conference Monday.

Bangladesh played on the same pitch where India and Afghanistan locked horns against each other Saturday, and despite winning the toss Monday, the Afghans chose to bowl. 

Shakib informed that the Afghans’ decision surprised them a little bit, but said they were confident after scoring 260 as they knew it will be difficult to chase it down in this sort of wicket.

“It was a little surprising from our side because we are playing on a used wicket. So we thought that whoever wins the toss will bat first, but that's their game plan. Sometimes people like to chase, and sometimes people like to bat first. So I don't know what their thoughts were in that regard,” said Shakib. 

“Our target was actually to bat 50 overs and get more than 240. A total of 240 was our minimum target. I think we got 20, 25 more runs than what we were expecting. So that gave us enough to go out there and bowl Afghanistan out. We knew that it's not an easy wicket, so we needed to make sure we put them under pressure with dot balls, and that's exactly what we have done,” Shakib concluded. 

Bangladesh’s next match is against India in Birmingham Tuesday.

MATCH 31

BANGLADESH INNINGS    R    B

Liton c Shahidi b Mujeeb     16    17

Tamim b Nabi            36    53

Shakib lbw b Mujeeb         51    69

Mushfiq c Nabi b Dawlat     83    87

Soumya lbw b Mujeeb     3    10

Mahmudullah c Nabi b Naib    27    38

Mosaddek b Naib        35    24

Saifuddin not out        2    2

Extras (w 9)            9 

Total (50 Overs)        262/7 

Fall Of Wickets

1-23 (Liton), 2-82 (Tamim), 3-143 (Shakib), 4-151 (Soumya), 5-207 (Mahmudullah), 6-251 (Mushfiq), 7-262 (Mosaddek)

Bowling

Mujeeb 10-0-39-3, Dawlat 9-0-64-1, Nabi 10-0-44-1, Naib 10-1-56-2, Rashid 10-0-52-0, Rahmat 1-0-7-0

AFGHANISTAN INNINGS        R    B

Naib c Liton b Shakib             47    75

Rahmat c Tamim b Shakib         24    35

Shahidi st Mushfiq b Mosaddek     11    31

Afghan c sub (Sabbir) b Shakib     20    38

Nabi b Shakib                 0    2

Shinwari not out            49    51

Alikhil run out (Liton)            11    12

Najibullah st Mushfiq b Shakib     23    23

Rashid c Mashrafe b Mustafizur     2    3

Dawlat c Mushfiq b Mustafizur     0    8

Mujeeb b Saifuddin            0    4

Extras (b 1, lb 6, w 6)            13 

Total (47 Overs)            200 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-49 (Rahmat), 2-79 (Shahidi), 3-104 (Naib), 4-104 (Nabi), 5-117 (Afghan), 6-132 (Alikhil), 7-188 (Najibullah), 8-191 (Rashid), 9-195 (Dawlat), 10-200 (Mujeeb)

Bowling

Mashrafe 7-0-37-0, Mustafizur 8-1-32-2, Saifuddin 8-0-33-1, Shakib 10-1-29-5, Miraz 8-0-37-0, Mosaddek 6-0-25-1

Bangladesh won by 62 runs

MoM: Shakib al Hasan