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Shakib on verge of touching Botham’s milestone

Published : 27 May 2022 08:10 PM

On the fifth day of the Mirpur Test, the host Bangladesh lost the series by a huge margin of 10 wickets. Though the team's performance against Sri Lanka was disappointing, Shakib Al Hasan's personal achievement has been enriched. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan has achieved a unique milestone as he bagged a five-wicket haul and also scored a fifty in a Test for ten times, which is the second most after legendary all-rounder Ian Botham of England.

Shakib made 27 fifties in 61 Tests and bagged his 19th five-wicket-haul. Meanwhile, Botham, who played a total of 102 Tests, has bagged a fifer and scored a fifty in the same Test on 11 occasions.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin (six times in 86 Tests), former New Zealand star Richard Hadley (six times in 86 Tests), India's Rabindra Jadeja (five times in 59 Tests) and former West Indies star Malcolm Marshall (five times in 81 Tests) are in the top six.

After the lunch break at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Friday, Bangladesh collapsed. They lost the last 5 wickets for 13 runs and were bowled out for 169 in the second innings. The highest score of 58 runs in the innings came from the bat of Shakib who hit fifty. He hit 7 fours off 72 balls in a fierce manner. The hosts were dreaming of saving the match in his partnership with Liton Das. But after adding 103 runs from 164 balls, when they were separated, batting took a toll.

In the first innings of Bangladesh, Shakib left with a golden call. After going to the crease, pacer Kasun Rajitha trapped him in the lbw with the first ball. In the second innings another Sri Lankan fast bowler Asitha Fernando grabbed his wicket. Shakib was late in trying to pull. The ball touched his gloves and went up. Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella did not make a mistake in taking an easy catch and dismiss him.