Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh reached another milestone in his career © Getty Images (File Photo)
Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh reached another milestone in his career © Getty Images (File Photo)

Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh reached another milestone in his career as he completed his 1000 Twenty20 International (T20I) runs on Wednesday. Shakib achieved the milestone during Bangladesh’s first match in Super 10 round of the ICC World T20 2016 against Pakistan which makes it even more special. Shakib took 50 T20I matches to reach his 1000 runs in the format. The match, however, has not been fruitful for Bangladesh as Pakistan put up a huge total of 201 for them to chase. Live Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh,14th T20 Match, Super 10 Group 2, ICC T20 World Cup 2016

The partnership between Hafeez and Shehzad remained to be the most crucial one as they went on to add 95 runs. Shehzad, after being dropped and re-included to the side, proved his worth scoring 52 off 39. Skipper Shahid Afridi promoted himself up the order and came out at No. 4. From there on, Hafeez and Afridi maintained the same run rate and took things forward. Afridi looked in a great touch as he punished each and every bowler hitting them all over Eden Gardens. Hafeez departed making a crucial 64 and departed as Soumya Sarkar took a brilliant catch at deep mid-wicket. Sarkar picked up the catch from over the ropes, threw it back to balanced himself and gripped it back to get the danger-man out.

Shahid Afridi looked unstoppable today as he scored a quickfire 49 off 19 balls that powered Pakistan even more towards the huge total and pushed it beyond 180. Afridi hit 4 fours and 4 sixes and the innings not only remained crucial for the match but his comeback to form is another positive for Pakistan.

Chasing the target, Bangladesh lost a couple of early wickets while Tamim Iqbal stayed at the crease and went on scoring. Shakib came in at No. 4 and scored 4 runs to achieve the feat. With this, Shakib Al Hasan became the second cricketer in the world to have 1000 runs and 50 wickets in the T20I format. The first cricketer to achieve this feat was Shahid Afridi who played exceptionally well in the current match.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)