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Bangladesh stay in hunt with Afghanistan scalp

Southampton: Shakib Al Hasan came up with a special all-round performance, steering Bangladesh to a 62-run win over Afghanistan here on Monday and keeping their semifinal hopes alive in the World Cup. 

Mushfiqur Rahim (83 off 87 balls) and Shakib (51 off 69) showed their class on a difficult surface to help Bangladesh post a competitive 262 for seven after Afghanistan opted to field at the Hampshire Bowl.

Shakib, who also became the tournament’s leading run getter on way to his half-century, was also exceptional with the ball. The left-arm spinner ended with figures of five for 29 for in 10 overs, his best in ODI cricket.

With this incredible effort, Shakib also became only the second cricketer after India’s Yuvraj Singh to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match.

Chasing 263 was always going to be tough for a fragile Afghanistan batting line-up but 48 for no loss in 10 overs raised hopes that the Gulbadin Naib-led side might just get its first win of the tournament after six losses in a row.

However, the batting fell apart after Shakib removed Rahmat Shah (24) and from 49 for no loss, Afghanistan were reeling at 132 for six. The seventh wicket stand for 56 runs between Samiullah Shinwari (49 not out) and Najibullah Zadran (23) saved them the blushes. Afghanistan were eventually all out for 200 in 47 overs.  

Bangladesh’s third win in seven games took them to seven points and if they win their remaining fixtures against India and Pakistan, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led unit will end the league stage with 11 points.

SCORE BOARD

BANGLADESH: L Das c Shahidi b Mujeeb 16, T Iqbal b Nabi 36, Shakib lbw b Mujeeb 51,  Mushfiqur c Nabi b Zadran 83, S Sarkar lbw b Mujeeb 3, Mahmudullah c Nabi b Naib 27, M Hossain b Naib 35, M Saifuddin not out 2. EXTRAS: 9 (w 9); TOTAL: 262/7 (50 overs). FALL OF WICKETS: 1-23, 2-82, 3-143, 4-151, 5-207, 6-251, 7-262. BOWLING: Mujeeb 10-0-39-3, Zadran 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: G Naib c Das b Shakib 47, R Shah c Tamim b Shakib 24, H Shahidi st Mushfiqur b Mosaddek 11, A Afghan c sub b Shakib 20, M Nabi b Shakib 0, S Shinwari not out 49, I Alikhil run out 11, N Zadran st Mushfiqur b Shakib 23, Rashid c Mortaza b Mustafizur 2, D Zadran c Mushfiqur b Mustafizur 0, Mujeeb b Saifuddin 0. EXTRAS: 13 (b 1, lb 6, w 6); TOTAL: 200 all out (47 overs). FALL OF WICKETS: 1-49, 2-79, 3-104, 4-104, 5-117, 6-132, 7-188, 8-191, 9-195, 10-200. BOWLING: M Mortaza 7-0-37-0, Mustafizur 8-1-32-2, Saifuddin 8-0-33-1, Shakib 10-1-29-5, MH Miraz 8-0-37-0, M Hossain 6-0-25-1.

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