Shakib on the verge of yet another unique milestone

15 May 2019, 09:15 | updated: 15 May 2019, 09:17

NTV Online

Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is just one wicket away to achieve yet another unique milestone. Shakib has a chance to become the fastest cricketer to complete the double of 250 wickets and 5,000-plus runs in ODI cricket if he takes one wicket against Ireland today (Wednesday).

In his 197 ODI matches Shakib has 5667 runs and 249 wickets.

So far only four cricketers — Abdul Razzaq (234 matches), Jacques Kallis (296 matches), Shahid Afridi (273 matches) and Sanath Jayasuriya (304 matches) — have achieved this ‘double’.

Touring Bangladesh, who have already reached the final of the Tri-Nation Series with unbeaten record along with West Indies, will play hosts Ireland in a dead rubber in Dublin on Wednesday, having some opportunities to experiment in their line-up.

The last league match between the two teams will kick off at 3:45pm Bangladesh time.

Bangladesh top the points table of the series to qualify for the final as an unbeaten team with one match to spare securing 10 points beating West Indies twice by eight wickets and five wickets respectively. Their remaining encounter with hosts Ireland was washed without a single ball being bowled due to heavy rain.

The Caribbean team bagged nine points from all the four group matches.