CWC 2019- BAN vs AFG: Shakib show puts Bangladesh in contention for semis

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An all-round display by Shakib Al Hasan proved lethal for Afghanistan as their winless run in this World Cup continued. Bangladesh now sits in the fifth spot awaiting the results of other games.

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Opting to chase after winning the toss, Afghanistan were hoping to pull off a victory at the same ground where they had India under control. The minnows battled it out at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, one of the biggest grounds in the country.

Mujeeb ur Rahman continued his fine touch from the other game with yet another early strike before the experienced duo of Shakib and Tamim Iqbal took over. The left-handed all-rounder notched up his fifth score of above fifty this tournament while Iqbal was castled by Nabi on 36.

Mushfiqur Rahim, coming off a sublime hundred against the Aussies kept on with his good run with a well made 83. A cameo towards the end by Mosaddek prodded the Bangla tigers along towards a total of 262-7.

Similar to their chase against India, the Afghan batsmen failed to stitch a partnership and soon the pressure of the climbing required rate crept on. Shakib delivered with the ball as well by claiming a five-wicket haul. The Asian side collapsed after scoring 200 with Shenwari stranded at 49.

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