Twitter Reactions: Shakib Al Hasan inspires Bangladesh to a resounding triumph in Dhaka
The Tigers's captain was simply unstoppable tonight.
Updated - Dec 20, 2018 8:31 pm
Bangladesh were thumped by Windies in Sylhet courtesy of Shai Hope’s blitzkrieg. Nonetheless, the hosts showed tremendous guts and brushed aside the Caribbean team by 36 runs at Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka to draw level in the three-match series. The victory was carved by none other than Shakib Al Hasan, their skipper, as he put a near-flawless performance in the crunch match.
Tigers’ batsmen on a rampage
Windies won the toss and elected to field first, but the decision backfired on them badly as the Tigers racked up 211 runs in their 20 overs. Fabian Allen removed opener, Tamim Iqbal, however, his fellow opening batter Liton Das was in a different zone as he scored 60 runs from 34 balls with the help of six boundaries and four hits into the stands. He was eventually nipped out by speedster Sheldon Cottrell.
Soumya Sarkar wielded the willow to score 32 runs from 22 balls after which Cottrell accounted for his wicket. In the next over, Mushfiqur Rahim fell for one. Then skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah took the onus and cobbled together a blistering stand of 91 runs from 42 balls. While the captain racked up 42 runs from 26 balls, Riyad plundered 43 runs from 21 balls with seven boundaries.
Bangladesh prevail in the thriller
The run-chase didn’t start well for the Caribbean team as Abu Hider Rony removed Evin Lewis for one run. Nevertheless, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran threw the kitchen sink at everything and put on 41 runs for the second wicket in just 14 balls. Hope threatened to take the match away, but Mehidy Hasan Miraz picked him up, much to Bangladesh’s delight. Pooran became Shakib’s first victim in the fifth over.
Thereafter, Shakib came to the party and sent back Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, and Fabian Allen, and picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in T20Is. Moreover, he only conceded 20 runs in his four-over spell to keep the batsmen in check. Rovman Powell, with a 34-ball half-century, and Keemo Paul (29) tried their hearts out, but the task was too monstrous for them to accomplish.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Shakib’s brilliance
Bangladesh level the T20I series!
Shakib al Hasan's maiden T20I five-for backs up an impressive batting display to bowl Windies out for 175 and secure a 36-run win in Dhaka.#BANvWI scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/0yHPEoDsXq pic.twitter.com/z5KcsYRuQF
— ICC (@ICC) December 20, 2018
No matter how low the target is to chase or how big the score is to defend you need some contributions of this man… My captain <3…Congratulations!!! ^_^#BANvWI
— Shane (@IslamShane) December 20, 2018
Matured batting but still not matured enough as a team. How they've acted to defend the huge total was'nt up to the mark. Believe it or not u've to depend on @Sah75official in any format of cricket…#BANvWI
— Shane (@IslamShane) December 20, 2018
Shakib is miles apart from rest of the Bangladeshi teammates. Would have already been considered as a GOAT, had he been from teams like India, Australia or England.
— Nikhil (@42nikhil) December 20, 2018
All round performance by Shakib in the second T20 match aganist Westindies :
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) December 20, 2018
Windies have really become a shitty cricketing side #BANvWI
— Punguza Ushuru (@markojuok) December 20, 2018
— Cricketstats (@Cricketgeek6) December 20, 2018
That sealed the won for Bangladesh
Kemo Paul did enough as Noo batter 30 off 16 balls
But Mustafizur had an off day 4-0-50-2#BANvWI
— Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) December 20, 2018
Shakib Al Hasan Becomes The 8th Player To have 5 Wicket Haul In All 3 Formats.
Spinners who Have 5 Wicket Haul In All 3 Format : Shakib Al Hasan, Ajantha Mendis, Imran Tahir & Kuldeep Yadav #BANvWI
— Mehedi Hasan Shawon (@SportsBoyShawon) December 20, 2018