A splendid fifth-wicket partnership of 224 runs between Shakib-ul-Hasan and Mahmudullah Riad scripted a historic chase for Bangladesh against New Zealand at Cardiff on Friday. In their pursuit of 267, Bangladesh lost their top three batsmen, under five overs, in single digits, with Tamim Iqbal, the man in form, recording a duck.
But calm and calculated centuries by Shakib and Mahmudullah saved the day for their side.
Though Shakib was chosen as the Man of the Match, it was the partnership that has kept Bangladesh’s semi-final hopes alive. The massive 224-run stand goes down as the biggest for the side in ODI format, surpassing the previous of 178 between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim against Pakistan in 2015.
The partnership began during after Adam Milne rattled Mushfiqur’s stumps to reduce Bangladesh to 33 for 4. It stretched for nearly 35 overs that saw Shakib hit 11 fours and a six and Mahmudullah strike eights fours and two sixes.
As Niel Broom and Jimmy Neesham settled to make the most of the death overs, the right-arm offbreak removed the two within two overs to ensure a pursuit-able total for this side. He sent Corey Anderson back on golden duck, two balls after Broom’s wicket. Rested for the match against Australia, which was washed out, Hossain bowled three overs, beginning from the 44th.