Bangladesh Team’s empathic 62-run victory against Afghanistan in an important match of the ICC Cricket World Cup is more than just a moment of celebration for Tigers, as well as for fans across the world. It was a do or die match for the Tigers to keep their semi-final hopes alive and they have gone through the test superbly, for which the victory is theirs and well- deserved.
The Tigers overpowered their counterpart in all three departments – batting, bowling, fielding – though the batsmen sustained breaking points on several occasions, they quickly recovered and posted a competitive target of 263. And eventually the Tigers pulled off the match brilliantly by bowling out Afghans only with 200 runs.Overall the victory came as a result of team effort, but it was none other than Shakib Al Hasan who stole the show by his magical performance. He scored 51 runs and then took 5 wickets to demolish the Afghans, a feat only achieved earlier by India’s Yuvraj Singh. Shakib also made the history book re-written on several fronts such as he is the only player to score 1000 runs and take 30 wickets at World Cups. No doubt he is the number all-rounder in the world. We congratulate him!
So far the Tigers’ performance in the CWC 19 has been brilliant, as the nucleus of the team is formed with a galaxy of experienced and raw talents. Aside from the strokes of talent and skill, the victory also required a great deal of temperament. The way young Tigers kept their composure and went fighting is remarkable.
The win against Afghanistan is Bangladesh’s third win at the World Cup, and the team is well on target to reach semi-final if they can win the rest of the two matches against India and Pakistan.
However, we must not let complacency set in for India is a formidable opponent and a win against them is the foremost target. We along with 16 crore people hope and pray that Tigers will sustain their sprit and put forward an all round performance in the upcoming matches to assert the country’s status as a new powerhouse of cricket.