Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan made a memorable comeback into international cricket. He took 4 wickets in 7.2 overs and conceded only 8 runs. His incredible efforts has helped Bangladesh restrict for a paltry 122 in 32.2 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan’s ban has ended last year in October. However, due to ongoing covid crisis Bangladesh have not played any international matches for a long time. West Indies is the first team to tour Bangladesh after cricket across the world was stalled due to covid.
Shakib was initially banned for 12 months as he failed to report the corrupt approaches. Soon after his ban, the international cricket was brought to a stand still. The talented all rounder has also moved to United States for considerable time to take his time off from cricket.
West Indies failed to cope up with the pressure put on Bangladesh bowlers in tough Mirpur conditions. The visitors did not have some big names like Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle. Their batting faltered with relentless attack by Bangladesh spinners.
Especially, they did not have answers to Shakib’s tricky left arm spin. Although, Rovman Powell and Kyle Mayers stitched a 58-run stand, the other batsmen were unable to sustain the pressure from the hosts.
Shakib Al Hasan struck in his second over itself as he managed to dismiss Andre McCarthy. He also managed to get the crucial wicket of Jason Mohammad and killed the chance of a comeback by Windies with the bat.
As many as seven batsmen in Windies lineup were dismissed for single digit scores. On the other hand, Shakib was so impressive that his stats read 6-2-5-3 at one stage. The left arm spinner came to pick up his fourth wicket and clean up Windies batting at 122.
Watch Shakib’s impressive four wicket haul
Bangladesh made the chase look tricky but they were able to chase the total comfortably at the end. It was an inspiring performance from Shakib Al Hasan. This particular match will give him loads of confidence as international cricket is slowly getting back to normal.
West Indies are currently touring Bangladesh to play 3 match ODI series followed by two match test series. With two more teams playing international cricket, almost all the major countries are back playing cricket at the highest level.