CWC 2019 Recap: Shakib's fifty & fifer take Bangladesh to easy win against Afghanistan
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
Bangladesh 262/7(50 Overs) - Mushfiqur Rahim83 (87), Shakib Al Hasan51 (69); Gulbadin Naib2/56 (10), Mujeeb Ur Rahman3/39 (10)
Afghanistan 200(47 Overs) - Samiullah Shinwari*49 (51), Gulbadin Naib47 (75); Shakib Al Hasan5/29 (10), Mustafizur Rahman2/32 (8)
Result - Bangladesh won by 62 runs
In the 31st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton between Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the batting effort from the Tigers was steady. Their 262-run total set the match up well, given the team's potent bowling attack.
The Bangladesh innings had contributions from Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, but the glue that kept the innings together were the knocks from Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim through the middle.
On a slightly two-paced surface, it was always going to be difficult for Afghanistan who needed someone from the top four to provide an innings of impetus. That didn't happen as the Bangladesh spinners put a squeeze on run scoring. Skipper Naib did get a few runs but was extremely scratchy and nobody in the top order could amp up the run rate. On the back of his fifty, Shakib picked his best ODI figures to take his team to an easy win.
His 5-29 are the best bowling figures for Bangladesh in World Cup matches and the second best figures by any Bangladesh spinner in ODIs.