Published:  03:37 PM, 09 June 2019

Listless bowling mars Shakib’s terrific century

Listless bowling mars Shakib’s terrific century
Shakib Al Hasan who became the only second Bangladeshi batsman to score a World Cup century after Mahmudullah Riyad rued for their listless bowling, which came unstuck against England in Cardiff, scripting their humiliating 106 runs defeat.

The ace all-rounder continued his rich vein of form in this World Cup with 119 ball-121, hitting a dozen of boundaries and one six but it went in vain eventually as Bangladesh were dismissed for 280 in 48.5 overs after England put up a monumental 386-6, their highest World Cup score.

Shakib’s century was third for Bangladesh in World Cup history with Mahmudullah Riyad solely grabbing two, hitting those in consecutive two matches against New Zealand and England in 2015 World Cup. The century was Shakib’s third fifty plus innings in a row in this World Cup, having scored 75 and 64 in the first two matches.

Shakib is the only batsman to fight it out against England with next best was 44 from Mushfiqur, evidencing how one-man show the Bangladeshi batting was. But it was bowling which let the side down, said Shakib. “We were expecting a better bowling performance in this match. But obviously England played brilliantly. Credit goes to their batsmen. The way their openers started, and the way Buttler finished the innings was the turning point of the match I think,” he said after the match.

“That’s been their (England) pattern for the last two, three years, building up to this World Cup. So they are not going to change. We knew that it’s always going to be tough for us. We knew that we had to take wickets in
regular intervals in order to keep the momentum down, which we couldn’t do today. I think that’s why we lost the match,” he added. Shakib also reasoned the size of Cardiff ground, which he believed went against them. Cardiff has short straight boundaries but long square ones, making it difficult for Bangladeshi bowlers to execute the plan properly. “Our bowlers couldn’t bowl above 140 kph, so with this speed, they couldn’t force them play to the side boundary. England players played through straight boundary always, so the size of the ground made our task difficult,” he said.

Bangladesh had no answer to the England onslaught, despite having won the toss and having opted to put the hosts into bat.

Opener Jason Roy smashed 153 while Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler both made half-centuries as England’s total always looked beyond Bangladesh – who has now lost two in a row following their impressive opening win over South Africa.

The twin threats of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood – who both bowled north of 90mph again for England – also gave Shakib a proper examination.

“They are quick,” admitted Shakib. “It was a difficult challenge, but I enjoyed it. Obviously they are the two quickest bowlers in this World Cup, so I knew that it’s going to be tough, but I felt very happy with the way I played them.”

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