In the 31st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Bangladesh have beaten Afghanistan by a fair margin of 62 runs at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan shines with eternal brilliance pushing Bangladesh up in front against rising Afghanistan; thus secured their third win in CWC 2019.
The world number one all-rounder, continued his supreme form in the mega tournament, registered yet another half century which was, later, braced by some superlative bowling effort, claiming a fifer to restrict Afghanistan to 200 while chasing.
Shakib’s five wicket haul, is however, the very first of such achievement by any Bangladeshi bowler in the World Cup. He finished with a figure of 5 for 29.
In reply to Bangladesh’s moderate total of 262 for 7, Rahmat Shah and skipper Gulbadin Naib threw a fair challenge with the bat, hardly considered the pace effort of Bangladesh and made the run flow in their single run short of half century opening partnership.
It was Shakib who produced to first breakthrough sending back Shah in the second power play. Afghanistan did not seem to falter back much even after that, the second wicket partnership between Naib and Hashmatullah Shahidi saw 30 runs added on the board.
Young Mosaddek strangled Shahidi bringing the second success for Bangladesh. Afterwards it was all about Shakib who not only suffocated the opposition batsmen in the crease but also forcing them to depart from the crease.
Shakib continued his dominance as records started tumbling down at the Rose Bowl while Bangladesh’s hopes for surviving in the mega contest had been getting brighter.
Afghanistan, though exhibited some resistance lately, Mustafizur Rahman’s hunting of a pair of wickets failed them to stretch beyond 200 runs.
In the morning session of the match, wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan propelled Bangladesh to build a competitive total after being sent into bat first against Afghanistan.
Mushfiqur unluckily lost his wicket scoring highest 83 runs while Shakib added 51.
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