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Mushfiq-Mahmudullah partnership gives hope

  • Published at 12:21 am June 21st, 2019
Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim attempts to play a shot during their World Cup match against Australia in Nottingham Thursday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Nottingham

After they settled down at the middle, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim started to play their shots and boundaries were coming quite regularly after 40 overs

The Tigers were facing a daunting task from the beginning as they were chasing 382 runs to win against defending champion Australia in their World Cup game at Trent Bridge. 

The task became more difficult as the on-song Soumya Sarkar lost his wicket early and in-form Shakib al Hasan departed for 41. 

Later, Bangladesh lost the wickets of Tamim Iqbal (62) and Liton Das (20) within 30 overs, and 200 were still required at that time. 

But from that point, No 4 batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah tried to rebuild the innings and formed a 127-run partnership for the fifth wicket. 

After they settled down at the middle, Mahmudullah and Mushfiq started to play their shots and boundaries were coming quite regularly after 40 overs.

After the 40-over mark, the Tigers required 137 to win in 60 deliveries, which looked possible the way these two were batting. 

But their hopes took a shot when Mahmudullah got out in the third ball of the 46th over after scoring 69 off 50 deliveries. 

In the next ball, Sabbir Rahman played on and that was the end of the Tigers’ chase. 

Mushfiq was unbeaten on 102 off 97 balls with nine fours and one six. 

Good batting effort from the Mushfiq-Mahmudullah stand.



Warner c Rubel b Soumya     166    147

Finch c Rubel b Soumya     53    51

Khawaja c Mushfiq b Soumya 89    72

Maxwell run out (Rubel)    32    10

Stoinis not out            17    11

Smith lbw b Mustafizur     1    2

Carey not out            11    8

Extras (b 1, lb 5, nb 1, w 5)    12 

Total (50 Overs)        381/5 

Fall Of Wickets

1-121 (Finch), 2-313 (Warner), 3-352 (Maxwell), 4-353 (Khawaja), 5-354 (Smith)


Mashrafe 8-0-56-0, Mustafizur 9-0-69-1, Shakib 6-0-50-0, Rubel 9-0-83-0, Miraz 10-0-59-0, Soumya 8-0-58-3


Tamim b Starc                    62    74

Soumya run out (Finch)            10    8

Shakib c Warner b Stoinis            41    41

Mushfiq not out                102    97

Liton b Zampa                    20    17

Mahmudullah c Cummins b Coulter-Nile     69    50

Sabbir b Coulter-Nile                0    1

Miraz c Warner b Starc            6    7

Mashrafe c Maxwell b Stoinis            6    5

Extras (b4, lb4, w9)                17

Total (50 overs)                333/8

Fall Of Wickets

 1-23 (Soumya), 2-102 (Shakib), 3-144 (Tamim), 4-175 (Liton), 5-302 (Mahmudullah), 6-302 (Sabbir), 7-323 (Miraz), 8-333 (Mashrafe)


Starc 10-0-55-2; Cummins 10-1-65-0 (3w); Maxwell 3-0-25-0; Coulter-Nile 10-0-58-2 (1w); Stoinis 8-0-54-2; Zampa 9-0-68-1 (1w)

Australia won by 48 runs

MoM: David Warner