Shakib Al Hasan’s 124 and Liton Das’s 94 unbeaten knocks inspired Bangladesh to a 7-wicket win over the Windies, making history in the process.
Bangladesh pulled off a historic chase at County ground in Taunton as they chased down West Indies target of 322 with 51 balls to spare.
Shakib Al Hasan was awarded Man of the Match
However, In an interview after the game, Shakib revealed the secret behind his knock.
He said, “It feels great. I’ve been working on my batting for the last month and a half and it’s paid off and I think it was a team effort to restrict the West Indies, and I was confident we could make it work.
“I know that if I bat at No3 I’ll get more opportunities, more time to bat. I know that if I bat at No5 then I come in at the 30th or 40th over and that’s not ideal for me. So I asked to change.
“I think I’m doing ok with the ball, but I can get certainly better. It will be tough next game, especially playing for Australia who are at the peak of their form so we’ll have to bring our A game. Thanks to our supporters who have been there travelling for us, it’s so good to have this support in this World Cup.”
Shakib also joined Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar in two elite ODI batting lists. After his knock of 124, Shakib is on top of the run-scorers chart in this World Cup with 384 runs, which includes 2 centuries.
Also, he achieved two new milestones after his knock. While he became the second Bangladeshi player to amass 6000 ODI runs, he became the quickest player to join the club of 6000 runs + 250 wickets in ODIs. Only Shahid Afridi, Jacques Kallis and Sanath Jayasuriya have achieved that feat.