(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has taken ICC World Cup 2019 by storm. He further stamped his authority on the tournament by breaking multiple records and in the process helped Bangladesh register a 62-run win over Afghanistan in Rose Bowl Southampton on Monday. Bangladesh are now fifth in the table with seven points from seven matches, one behind hosts and pre-tournament favourites England who have played one game fewer.
Put in to bat, Bangladesh posted a strong 262 for seven on a slow track after Shakib, who made 51, forged half-century partnerships with Tamim Iqbal (36) and Mushfiqur Rahim (83).
The left-arm spinner went on to return the tournament’s best bowling figures of 5 for 29 as Afghanistan, all out for 200 in 47 overs, succumbed to their seventh defeat in a row in the tournament.
Shakib matched Yuvraj Singh’s unique World Cup record of scoring 50+ runs and taking 5 wickets in the same World Cup match. Yuvraj had became the first cricketer to do the same in 2011 World Cup against Ireland.
Shakib became the first cricketer in World Cup history to score 400+ runs and pick-up 10 wickets in the same tournament. Shakib, currently the highest run-scorer of World Cup 2019 with 476 runs to his name has also picked up 10 wickets in just 6 innings.