Shakib Al Hasan scored half a century in two consecutive matches. This time, the Bangladesh T20 captain faced several criticisms before entering the tri-nation T20 series. But this left-handed all-rounder is one of the nation’s best players in field cricket, even though he is discussed and criticized for his varying demeanor. Evidence of this was well demonstrated in the T20 series. Shakib gave two great innings with the bat, although he couldn’t do anything with the ball at the strike-friendly, pace-supporting Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
In the previous match against New Zealand on Wednesday, he hit his 11th career 50 and achieved the highest number of runs in T20 cricket for Bangladesh. In the second game in a row, he scored 50 against Pakistan on Thursday and made 68 from 42 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Bangladesh as a team has improved a lot in performance in this series. So despite losing 4 matches, Shakib is satisfied. He claimed that the Bangladesh team has improved a lot despite the loss.
The previous day against New Zealand, Shakib scored 70 runs in 44 balls with 8 fours and 1 six. After 24 hours, Thursday against Pakistan, he fell again at the moment of danger for the team.
As Bangladesh scored 41 runs for 2 wickets in the sixth over. Shakib then added 88 runs for the third wicket with Liton playing brilliantly. Bangladesh got the basis of a large collection in that pair. Liton returned to 69 runs, but Shakib again made a 38-run partnership with Afif Hossain for the fourth wicket. So Shakib said at the end of the game, ‘We could have scored more from the situation we were in.
We could have bowled better with five expert bowlers.’ Shakib eventually scored his 12th career fifty and returned home with 68 runs. Previously, Shakib scored 2 fifties in two consecutive T20 matches. But both times the time difference between the two games was too big. On September 25, 2012, he scored a career-best 84 off 54 balls against Pakistan in Pallekele.
He played the next match on 13 May 2013 in Bulawayo against Zimbabwe, scoring 65 from 40 balls. In addition, he made 66 from 52 balls against Australia in Mirpur on April 1, 2014. He played the next match against Pakistan on April 24, 2015 and made an unbeaten 57 from 41 balls. This time he scored two fifties in two consecutive days. About his at bat, Shakib said: “My job is to score points for the team. On the other hand, the bowling in the three games did not go very well. Maybe I should do some work here.’
However, as a team, Bangladesh has played very well in this series. Shakib is content even if he doesn’t win. He said: ‘We played our best cricket today. Maybe I could have scored a few more points.’ Apart from this one thing, Bangladesh has done a great job against Pakistan. “I don’t want to mention the negatives,” said Shakib.
In my opinion, we played well in the center overs today. At this point we were behind. So this is a positive aspect. We got the preparation we wanted from this series. Now it is our responsibility to match ourselves at the World Cup and do something good for the country. We depend on us at the World Cup