Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 62 runs in Southampton, after Shakib Al Hasan scored 51 and picked up 5 wickets to star for Bangladesh. The win pushed Bangladesh to the to 5th on the points table.
Chasing 263 for victory, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan ran through the opposition batting order with his second five-wicket haul in ODIs as Afghanistan got bowled out for 200 in 47 overs at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.
Shakib Al Hasan registered career-best figures of 5 for 29 in 10 overs and became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to pick up a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match. Mustafizur Rahman bagged 2 wickets while Mosaddek Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin got one each.
Afghanistan had got a decent start through captain Gulbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah but once they departed, the floodgates opened and Bangladesh put the brakes on the scoring rate by picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Gulbadin (47) and Rahmat (24) scored 49 for the wicket but then Shakib and Mosaddek removed the top-five for 68 runs to derail Afghanistan’s chase.
They were always behind the asking rate from that stage even though Samiullah Shinwari (49 not out) and Najibullah Zadran (23) tried their best to keep the fight alive with a 56-run partnership for the 7th wicket. But Shakib broke the gritty stand with his fifth wicket and also entered the record books as a result.
Shakib, the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs, matched Indian legend Yuvraj Singh’s World Cup record of getting 5 wickets and scoring a fifty in the same match. Yuvi was the first to achieve the feat in the match against Ireland in the 2011 edition, when he got 5 for 31 and scored 50 not out in the match which India won by 5 wickets in Bengaluru.
As a result of this win, Bangladesh surpassed Sri Lanka to be placed fifth on the table with 7 points while Afghanistan suffered their seventh successive loss in the tournament in as many games.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh posted 262 for seven after being put into bat by Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib on a slow track at the Hampshire Bowl.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim top scored for his side with 83, while Shakib (51) registered his fifth 50-plus score in six innings to reclaim his position as the tournament’s leading scorer. He has scored 476 runs so far in 6 innings at an average of 95.20 with two hundreds and three fifties.
During his knock Shakib also became the first Bangladesh batsman to score 1000 World Cup runs. Overall, he is the 19th batsman to go past the 1000-run mark in World Cup history. Shakib, who has played 4 World Cups from 2007 to 2019, reached the milestone in his 27th World Cup match.
For Afghanistan, mystery-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3 for 39 while Naib managed to grab 2 wickets. Dawlat Zadran and Mohammad Nabi also picked up a wicket each.
Afghanistan have two more matches left in their campaign – against Pakistan and West Indies – before they fly back home. Bangladesh meanwhile, have a very real possibility of reaching the last-four if they beat India and Pakistan in their last two games.
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