After his unbelievable performance against New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy, Shakib Al Hasan proved once again why he is the best all-rounder in the world.
Bangladesh made an exceptional bowling performance against New Zealand where they restricted the Kiwis to only a total of 265 in their fifty overs. This was courtesy of Mosaddek’s quick 3 over spell at the depth where he took three important wickets which enabled them to slow down the opponent’s run rates.
It was all for the Batsmen to do now when an in form Tamim Iqbal came on to open the batting. As soon as the 2nd innings started, all hell broke loose. Bangladesh had lost four quick wickets by the time they scored 33 runs leaving Shakib Al Hasan & Mahmudullah Riad, the two new batsmen at the crease.
Most Bangladeshi fans had turned off the television by this time. If only they had known the surprise they were in for. The two veterans kept on playing their game where they didn’t think much. They went on to score a partnership of 224 runs, a record Bangladeshi partnership. This secured the game in the end.
Even though both Mahmudullah and Shakib went on to score centuries, it was Shakib who stole the show. Don’t get me wrong, Mahmudullah deserves all the credit in the world for sticking out till the end. But at the depth overs, it was Shakib who was sending the ball for boundaries every which way. This really took the pressure off and enabled Bangladesh to finish the game with some 16 balls remaining.
Shakib Al Hasan, the number one ranked all-rounder has always been the talisman for the Bangladesh Cricket team. But it was these very memorable few hours in Cardiff, which makes this game so special for Shakib and Bangladesh.