Bangladesh have made a grand entry into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament as the spirited side defeated South Africa by 21 runs in their opening game of the mega-event. Invited to bat first, Bangladesh mustered 330 runs via valiant batting contributions from their key players. Moreover, the bowling unit didn’t disappoint to handle Bangladesh a memorable victory.
Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan registered an iconic performance where he contributed both with willow and leather. During Bangladesh’s batting, the 32-year old cricketer scored his 43rd half-century to install his country in a strong positon. Things continued to become brighter as Shakib claimed a crucial scalp with ball and went past 250 ODI wickets.
Not long ago, doubts were raised on Shakib’s abilities. However, the Jessore born player shut the naysayers and exhibited his class on a day where his team needed their senior pro to step up. For a superlative all-round performance, the enterprising cricketer was honored with the player of the match award. The win obviously lifted the morale of Bangladesh as the unit sits focused to continue their winning run in the next game against New Zealand on June 5 at The Oval.