LONDON, Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has
set his sights on a memorable 200th oneday international as his side chase a
second successive World Cup win against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Shakib was the key man when Bangladesh upset South Africa by 21 runs in
their opening match on Sunday.
His composed 75 helped steer Bangladesh to their highest oneday
international total of 330 for six before the spinner took 150 to restrict
South Africa to 3098.
That wicket made Shakib only the fifth player behind Sri Lanka's Sanath
Jayasuriya, South African Jacques Kallis, and Pakistan pair Shahid Afridi and
Abdul Razzaq to reach the landmark of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs.
The 32yearold's next challenge comes at the Oval against a New Zealand
side who crushed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their opening match.
Shakib has experience of upsetting the Black Caps after inspiring their
fivewicket win over New Zealand in the 2017 Champions Trophy with the most
recent of his seven ODI hundreds.
Bangladesh missed Shakib when a finger injury ruled him out of the ODI
series in New Zealand earlier this year, in which they were routed 30 by the
hosts and the allrounder hopes Bangladesh will put up a tougher fight
against New Zealand this time.
Building up to this World Cup, we knew what challenges we might face. We
prepared well, so that gave us a lot of confidence and belief. We came to
this World Cup wanting to do well, he said.
We are up for the challenge but at the same time we are relaxed. We knew
we had the skill to beat big teams.
I think that we are in a good place, mentally. I think if we can continue
in this manner, we can go a long way in the tournament.
Milestone moment �
Shakib will become only the third Bangladesh player to play 200 or more
ODIs, behind skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (210) and Mushfiqur Rahim (206).
But he remains modest about his milestone moment.
I'm very happy the way I contributed (in the last game). If I do that
every time, the stats will take care of themselves, Shakib said.
I don't normally look at it (his statistics), but if people are talking
about it, I obviously feel happy.
New Zealand showed against Sri Lanka that they are a wellrounded team more
than capable of going a long way in the tournament.
They did not miss pace spearhead Tim Southee (calf) and toporder batsman
Henry Nicholls (hamstring) in their opening game.
Matt Henry, who replaced Southee, took three wickets in Sri Lanka's 136 all
out, while openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill knocked off the 137
required in just 16.1 overs.
World Cup runnersup in 2015, New Zealand can also call on pace bowler
Lockie Ferguson, who took three wickets against Sri Lanka.
I guess you want to build that momentum early. If we bowl first in the
next few games we can hopefully continue to do that and make it difficult for
the guys to score, Guptill said.
Then if we can come out and play with a bit of freedom like we did this
afternoon with the bat, I think we'll have a pretty successful tournament.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)