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Shakib equals Afridi to be leading wicket-taker of T20 WC

 Sports Desk

 Published: 10:07 PM, 21 October 2021  

Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan equaled Shahid Afridi as the highest wicket-taker of the T20 World Cup after claiming four wickets for just nine runs against Papua New Guinea (PNG) today at Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat.

Those four wickets took his tally to 39 in 28 matches after playing all of the seven editions of the World Cup of this shortest format of cricket.

Afridi’s 39 wickets came in 34 matches.

Since Shakib played six matches less than Afridi, he is now the leading wicket-taker of the World Cup.

With 675 runs from 28 matches, he also is in sixth place on the batting chart. Mahela Jayawardena, Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were ahead of him at this moment in the batting chart. 

The 4-9 in four overs against PNG is Shakib’s best bowling figure in World Cup.

Shakib started this World Cup with 30 wickets under his belt but in the last three matches, he took nine wickets to emulate Afridi before the Super 12 phase begins.

The ace allrounder took two wickets in the first match against Scotland in which Bangladesh lost by six runs. He then took three wickets in the side’s 26-run win against Oman and now snapped up four wickets.

To cap off the performance, in Bangladesh’s two wins in this World Cup, he was awarded man of the match.

After scoring 20 with willow against Scotland, Shakib also got back to form, with 42 and 46 runs against Oman and PNG respectively.