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'We'll give our best shot' – Shakib sets his sights on India clash
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'We'll give our best shot' – Shakib sets his sights on India clash

Shakib Al Hasan has set his sights on inspiring Bangladesh to a famous World Cup win over India after his superb all-round performance kept his team in the hunt for a spot in the semi-finals.

Bangladesh trumped Afghanistan by 62 runs in Southampton to move to fifth spot in the points table.

Bangladesh will now play India and Pakistan in their final two group matches.

Bangladesh famously beat India in the 2007 World Cup and Shakib is confident his team can challenge Virat Kohli's side again on July 2.

"They are the top side. They are someone who is looking at the title. So it's not going to be easy, but having said that, we'll give our best shot," he told reporters.

"Experience will help, but experience is not the end of the world. We have to play our best cricket in order to be able to beat India.

"They got world-class players who can take the matters on their own hand. As I said, we have to be at our best, and I believe that we are a capable enough team."

Shakib's 51 laid a strong foundation for Bangladesh to get to 262-7 and made him the leading scorer in the ongoing World Cup.

'Happy the way this tournament is going so far'

The all-rounder then ripped through the Afghan batting line-up with a career-best 5-29 from 10 overs.

"Very satisfying. It was needed. It was important from my perspective and from (the) team," he said.

"Luckily, I've been doing this, and very happy the way this tournament is going so far.

"Still two more important matches left, and hopefully more after that. First things first, we have a very important game coming up against India."

Shakib came into the World Cup fresh after his Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad hardly utilized him in the competition.

Shakib used the time to see his childhood mentor, Mohammad Salahuddin, for working on his batting in Mumbai.

"I did prepare well, but I never felt that I had a point to prove," he said.

"I did everything I could do before the World Cup started for my preparation, and luckily it's been helping me a lot."

"England have got three more matches, and we have two more and we have to win two," he said.

"So it's difficult mathematically, but having said that, in cricket anything can happen.

"We have the belief that we can play well in next two matches and get the result.

"That's all we can do at this moment."