Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day October 30, 2011

With bat, with ball, Shakib does it all

Shakib Al Hasan's fourth instance of taking a five-for and making a half-century in a Test helped Bangladesh twice today: first to prevent a big total by the opposition and then to lift his side from a desperate collapse

Shakib Al Hasan's five-for and half-century on the second day of the second and final Test against West Indies was a repeat of a not-too-distant memory. His fourth double in the last three years helped Bangladesh twice on the day: first to prevent a big total by the opposition and then to lift his team from a desperate collapse.

The previous three times he achieved the feat, it came in different circumstances; twice in 2008 (against New Zealand and Sri Lanka), he couldn't force a victory with the first instance in Chittagong being the heartbreaker. The third time, Shakib famously took his side to a landmark victory in Grenada in 2009, missing out on a century as he had finished the fourth-innings chase slightly earlier. Though it came against a second-string West Indies line-up concocted after a players' strike, Shakib's effort underlined his standing as a world-class all-rounder who could take his side to a win.

His innings with the bat on Sunday began under utmost pressure, akin to Chittagong when his second-innings 71 came during a disintegration and against Sri Lanka when centurion Mohammad Ashraful had fallen after he arrived at the crease during a humungous second-innings chase.

This time around, the normally cool Shakib was up against a hat-trick ball from a rampant Fidel Edwards who had just removed Raqibul Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim with sheer pace. Shakib kept out the yorker, only just, and went about his business despite the state of the scoreboard.

He opened his account by caressing Edwards through cover for four, though the shot was more of a warning for his trigger-happy team-mates who had faltered in the preceding 30 minutes. What distanced Shakib from the rest though was the fifth ball he faced.

A huge swathe of emptiness that was the leg-side field was hardly used by the Bangladesh batsmen before him. Shakib, who is often pragmatic, mostly technically correct and almost always unruffled, tucked into Edwards's short ball with a pull that was as much sensible as was Shakib who went on to handle anything above his waist with a lot of logic. After he reached his half-century, Shakib laid into Darren Sammy for three boundaries in an over - two placed square on the off side and one driven through mid-on.

His dismissal to legspinner Devendra Bishoo, with Bangladesh requiring another 13 to avoid the follow-on, was slightly disappointing because he was the first person who knew that the Mirpur track had begun to take turn.

His first act of the day had been to remove Carlton Baugh, who edged a delivery that bounced a bit more than he expected. Sammy's back leg tripped onto his stumps as Shakib began to take control of the West Indies tail. Soon, Kirk and Fidel Edwards became his fourth and fifth victims as his second spell on the day yielded four wickets for just nine runs in 4.4 overs.

When Bishoo's big turner found the large gap between Shakib's bat and pad, though, it ended hopes of a rare five-for and century on the same day. His Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan protégé Nasir Hossain followed in his footsteps with his temperament but the unnecessary run-out with Naeem Islam dampened an otherwise faultless final session. Unbeaten on 34 and having taken a superb catch to start off the day, Nasir would have to just look across the dressing room for inspiration.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • dummy4fb on November 2, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    @Saurav Giri, Kallis has been around for over 15 years and he doesn't bowl much anymore. He's more of a (fantastic) batsman now. I'd say Watson is a better batsman (atm) but Shakib is way better bowler. You don't get 8 5wicket hauls in 24 test matches for nothing, especially when you have fielders who shell catches left and right.

    You're right that the quality of opponents should be taken into account but BD is hardly likely to play Aus-Ind-SA on a regular basis. Shakib's been around for 5 years and he's yet to play a Test Match in Australia! We don't know how he'll do, but he did take 2 5wi in South Africa against South Africa, so I'm hopeful.

    IMO, as a player who is head and shoulders above the rest of his teammates, he's becoming one of the iconic allrounders of this era.

    NB: I'm assuming you haven't seen 'Shakib's revenge' against Watson in the KKR v RR IPL game haha

  • dummy4fb on October 31, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    @ Jobair, Watson > Shakib as ODI all-rounder...Yet to see Shakib perform out of the sub continent and against top tier teams. I still say Kallis is the test best...sorry but Shakib's performances against second string WI,NZ and Zim dont count as highly in my books as SA, Eng, Aus and Ind. He is talented no doubt but to be regarded as the best in the world, he would need to go up a level..... btw where was Shakib against Aus in the ODI's when they toured earlier this year? I remember Watson pounding Shakib when he blasted 185*. I'll eat my words the day Shakib blasts past 150 on Australian soil :)

  • Meety on October 31, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    @Wafi Charro S. - is that real surname? WoW! @chilled_avenger - IMO, Shakib is the current bowler most likely to pass Murali's wicket tally. The only problem for Shakib is that Banga tend not to bowl twice, so he has a lot less opportunities. I am assuming he is injury free & plays well into his 30s. == == == I think Nasir's rise is great for Banga cricket, particularly as he appears to be a superb fielder. Banga cricket is starting to develop a reputation for useful allrounders, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Nasir & Naeem, (maybe Sunny too?) A pace bowling alrounder would be good!

  • dummy4fb on October 31, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    He has been doing it since last couple of years. On the background of dismal performances from his colleagues, he shines even brighter..

  • Masking_Tape on October 30, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Hopefully he takes another 5 and gets his first ever 10Fw! Track is starting to spin like crazyy

  • Masking_Tape on October 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    He was easily on his way to a solid looking ton. Tough luck there. Just a bit lazy at the end of the day.

    5 Fw and a Ton would have been SICK!!

  • dummy4fb on October 30, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    how many times a player took 5 wickets in an innings and got half century in a same test

  • dummy4fb on October 30, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    The only player in BD team, who is consistent. It is a shame the way BCI treated him.

  • chilled_avenger on October 30, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    I am from India & I really admire and respect Shakib as a player! He may not be flashy and he may not have some attitude or any crazy antics but what he has is a desire,a passion to do well for his country! I wish my country's brash and flashy youngsters would learn something from this Legend-in-progress! Go and make your Country and the Whole Cricketing World Proud,Shakib!

  • dummy4fb on October 30, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    shakib already a legend in the country yet to become a legendry to the world. Number 1 All rounder in ODIs, its time to spot tht in test buddy i know u can do it u are young and kallis is old and way to his retierment. And u can become a world legend. We love u bro May Allah bless u -__-

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