Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Sakib al Hasan once again lit up the ongoing World Cup with both bat and the ball to take Bangladesh to a comprehensive 62-run win against Afghanistan in a must-win match in Southampton on Monday. Sakib scored 51 off 69 balls while tackling a lethal Afghanistan spin attack in a slow pitch. On his way to his third fifty of the tournament, Sakib became the first Bangladeshi to amass 1,000 runs in World Cup. Sakib, who was going through a lean wicket-taking patch with five wickets in five matches, doubled his wicket tally in one match, finishing with his career best figures of 5-29 and in the process became the first Bangladeshi to claim a five-wicket haul in World Cup. Whenever Afghans looked to conjure up some fight back, Sakib swiftly ended it and Afghanistan in the end had to surrender to the brilliance of Sakib. — New Age
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