Shakib Al Hasan scored second ODI century: The Bangladeshi all-rounder played a quintessential rescuing innings for his team.
On this day in 2008, Bangladesh all-rounder had scored his second ODI century during the fourth ODI of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan in Multan.
The then Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful’s decision to bat first backfired as the visitors were reduced to 16/4 in the sixth over. Continually losing wickets from one end saw Bangladesh reeling at 109/8 in the 29th over.
Shakib, who came in to bat at No. 5 in the fourth over, got going in the eighth over when he hit Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul for two boundaries. Despite the others failing to save their wicket, the southpaw batted at a handsome rate right from the start.
It was in the 27th over that Shakib ran a single on a free-hit to complete his half-century. In the 33rd over, Shakib once again targeted Gul as he hit him for two boundaries to gain some momentum.
It was at this time that Shakib stitched a 97-run partnership for the ninth wicket alongside seamer Mashrafe Mortaza (38) to make sure that Bangladesh post a competitive target.
On the first delivery of the 47th over, Shakib ran a couple of runs off Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik to reach the three-figure mark for the second time in his ODI career. Given the circumstances in which the century was scored, Shakib received warm applause from the crowd and his teammates.
Before becoming the last Bangladeshi batsman to get out in the last over, the then 21-year old batsman scored 108 (120) with the help of eight fours as Bangladesh got bundled out for 210 in 49.1 overs.
Shakib’s fighting knock ended in a losing cause as the hosts comfortably chased the target in the 45th over on the back of individual half-centuries from Salman Butt (74) and Bazid Khan (51).
Shakib Al Hasan scored second ODI century
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