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.
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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.
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)
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)
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