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Shakib Al Hasan continues record-breaking run, enters elite list in South Africa ODI

Shakib Al Hasan, who skipped the Test series against South Africa, continued his fine form as he became only the second Bangladesh batsman to go past 5000 runs during the first ODI in Kimberley.

cricket Updated: Oct 15, 2017 22:27 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Shakib Al Hasan in action during the first One Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Bangladesh in Kimberley.
Shakib Al Hasan in action during the first One Day International (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Bangladesh in Kimberley. (AFP)

Shakib Al Hasan joined an elite club of players during Bangladesh’s first ODI against South Africa in Kimberley on Sunday. The left-hander became only the second Bangladesh player in history after Tamim Iqbal to reach 5000 runs in ODIs. (SA vs BAN Scores)

Shakib, who had skipped the two-Test series which Bangladesh lost 0-2, reached the landmark in the 20th over of the innings when he dabbed a short ball from Dwaine Pretorius to third man for a single. The Bangladesh all-rounder looked good for a big score but he edged Imran Tahir to slip for 29 off 45 balls.

In the course of his knock, Shakib also became only the fifth player in ODI history to have reached 5000 runs and taken 200 wickets. Sanath Jayasuriya, Shahid Afridi, Jacques Kallis and Abdul Razzaq are the other players to have achieved this feat.

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This milestone continues Shakib’s record-breaking run in international cricket. During the Dhaka Test against Australia, he picked up 5/68 and 5/85 in the match as he helped Bangladesh secure their first Test win over Steve Smith’s side. During the course of the match, he became only the fourth bowler in Test history after Muttiah Muralitharan, Dale Steyn and Rangana Herath to take five-wicket hauls against all current Test playing nations.

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The 30-year-old, who was inducted into MCC’s World Cricket Committee recently, needs eight wickets to become the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ODIs. Currently, Mashrafe Mortaza sits on top with 231 wickets from 178 games.

Earlier, Bangladesh chose to bat and they were boosted by Mushfiqur Rahim, who slammed his fifth century and became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a ton in South Africa. His unbeaten 110* helped Bangladesh reach a decent total of 278/7 in 50 overs.