Shakib Shines As Tigers Close On England

Shakib Shines As Tigers Close On England

Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 62 runs at Southampton and are now just one point behind England in the World Cup table. Once again it was superstar all-round Shakib Al Hasan who proved to be the difference, with the 32-year-old scoring 51 before taking five wickets.

The Tigers posted 262-7 after being given first use of the pitch, with Mushfiqur Rahim’s 83 the top score. The wicket-keeper hit four fours and one six during his 87-ball knock, while Shakib hit just one four in his innings – knocking the ball around in tough conditions to accumulate his runs.

Mosaddek Hossain smacked 35 down the order and Mahmudullah hit 27, with it always looking a challenging target for Afghanistan to chase. Several Afghan players made contributions, with opener Gulbadin Naib scoring 47, while Rahmat Shah hit 24 and Asghar Afghan 20.

However the run-rate kept climbing as batsmen took too long to score their runs and, despite an unbeaten 49 by Samiullah Shinwari, they ended up losing by 62 runs. Shakib took 5-29 and Mustafizur Rahman claimed two scalps.

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