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Shakib powers BD to easy win over Afghanistan

Shakib powers BD to easy win over Afghanistan

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:08

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon suffered a 62 runs defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the Worldinfo-icon Cup 2019 league match in Southampton on Monday.

With this loss, Afghanistan’s chances to advance to the last four diminished as the men in blue would end their campaign after playing the remaining two league matches.

On the other hand, Bangladesh boosted their bid to reach the World Cup semi-finals as Shakib Al Hasan's superb all-round display inspired a 62-run win over Afghanistan on Monday.

Shakib's 51 laid the foundations for Bangladesh to score 262-7 and made him the leading run-scorer in this year's International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

The 32-year-old then ripped through the Afghan batting line-up with his career-best ODI figures of 5-29 from 10 overs.

Shakib is only the second player in World Cup history to take five wickets and hit a 50 in the same match after India's Yuvraj Singh, who achieved the feat against Ireland in 2011.

Afghanistan became the first team to be eliminated after an agonising 11-run loss to India on Saturday, when Mohammed Shami's final-over hat-trick denied them an upset.

Gulbadin Naib's men have lost all seven matches, with two games remaining to avoid finishing the tournament without a single point.

Rahmat Shah and Gulbadin put on 49 for the first wicket, giving Afghanistan hope of a surprise win.

But Shakib's introduction brought the breakthrough as the spinner weaved his magic. Rahmat carelessly flicked a flatter delivery to Tamim Iqbal at mid-on and departed for 24.

Just 10 runs came from the next five overs and Hashmatullah Shahidi perished when he tried to accelerate, stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim off Mosaddek Hossain for 11.

Bangladesh had victory in their sights after Shakib took two wickets in the space of four balls.

Gulbadin was removed for 47 after driving low to Liton Das at short extra cover before Mohammad Nabi was bowled through the gate for a duck.

Shakib became the first Bangladeshi player to take five wickets in the World Cup when he had Najibullah Zadran stumped.

Earlier, Shakib became the leading run scorer in this year's World Cup so far as his side posted a solid total after being put in to bat.

Shakib's 51 took him to 476 runs in the tournament, while Mushfiq top-scored with 83 from 87 balls.

Liton was promoted ahead of Soumya Sarkar to open along with Tamim for Bangladesh, with the pair managing a brisk 23 from the first four overs.

But Liton fell for 16 in the next over after being fooled into a miscued drive by spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who finished with 3-39.

That brought Shakib to the crease and he upped the tempo even further with some aggressive hitting, maintaining his fine World Cup form.

When Shakib, who has two centuries already in the tournament, pulled Naib to the boundary, it moved him above Australia's David Warner's 447 runs.




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