Pressure on Shakib eased by Mahmudullah in record stand

PV Sports Desk : Shakib Al Hasan says Mahmudullah’s batting took a lot of pressure off him, allowing them to forge a record Bangladesh partnership against New Zealand in the Champions Trophy.

Their 224-run fifth-wicket stand handed the Tigers’ a remarkable 5-wicket win in their last Group A tie on Friday.

Chasing 266 to win, Bangladesh were tottering on 33 for 4 when the pair got together in the middle.

The partnership saw its century in 107 balls before the 200 came in 204 balls, recording Bangladesh’s first double century stand in ODIs.

It was also the second-highest partnership in Champions Trophy’s history.

Bangladesh’s previous best stand was Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 178 for the third wicket against Pakistan in 2015.

When Shakib went in on Friday Bangladesh were 12 for 3 in the fifth over. With the target still in excess of 250 runs, he planned to spend a lot of time at the wicket.