Southampton: Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan emulated India’s Yuvraj Singh as he produced a brilliant all-rounder performance which helped his team defeat Afghanistan at the ICC World Cup 2019 here on Monday (June 24).

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Shakib struck a half century (51) and later returned to register his career-best bowling figures at The Hampshire Bowl. Thanks to the left-hander’s sensational display, Bangladesh kept their semi-final hopes alive.

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 62 runs and Shakib picked up the Man-of-the-match trophy. Not only that Shakib also became the leading run-getter in the 10-team tournament. He now has 476 runs while Australia’s David Warner is at second with 424.

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The 32-year-old all-rounder is only the second all-rounder after Yuvraj to have hit a fifty and claimed a five-wicket haul (5/29 in 10 overs) in the same World Cup match. The Indian all-rounder, who was the Man-of-the-tournament in the 2011 World Cup, had achieved the feat (5/31, 50 not out) against Ireland in Bengaluru on March 6 during the 2011 edition.

Speaking after the match, Shakib said he had worked hard for World Cup. He is the number one ODI all-rounder in the ICC Rankings.

“Yes, it has been great throughout this World Cup. Luckily we started well so the fans have been behind us. I think the five wickets gave me greater pleasure. I had to work really hard for the fifty. Mushfiqur (Rahim) played an important knock, without him we wouldn't have got the runs.

“We knew it was going to be tough with their three spinners, so it needed a team effort. I did work really hard before the World Cup, I was well prepared. The best I could ever be prepared. It's paying off. Definitely want it to carry on. Our next two games against India and Pakistan are big games,” Shakib said.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza praised Shakib. “Shakib's been fantastic. He's scoring runs and whenever we need he's getting us wickets.”