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Hundred was not in Mushfiq’s mind

  • Published at 01:54 am July 29th, 2019
Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim attempts a reverse sweep during their second ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo Sunday AFP

Mushfiqur Rahim Sunday made a heroic effort but missed out on a deserving ton as he remained unbeaten on 98 when Bangladesh posted 238 runs in their stipulated 50 overs

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has proved him as pivotal of Bangladesh batting once again in their ongoing Sri Lanka tour but he said scoring a century was not in his mind in Colombo Sunday. 

In the first ODI, the right-handed batsman came to the rescue after an early collapse and scored 67 while in the second game Sunday he made a crucial unbeaten 98. 

However, on both occasions, the Tigers lost and eventually the series with a game left.

Mushfiq Sunday made a heroic effort but missed out on a deserving ton as he remained unbeaten on 98 when Bangladesh posted 238 runs in their stipulated 50 overs.

With two overs remaining, Mushfiq needed 20 runs to reach his eighth ODI hundred but fell short by just two runs.

The occasion was the third when the right-handed batsman missed out on an opportunity to score an ODI century after reaching 90. 

“It [scoring 100] was not in my mind at all to be honest. All I thought of when I was batting was to score something that we can be able to put on a fighting total. I felt the score of 238 on the board was a competitive one. We were 20 to 30 runs short after losing four early wickets. But on the track we had [Sunday], I think if we could have started well, we could have ended up scoring 270 or 280, it would have been a different ball game,” said Mushfiq to reporters following the game at R Premadasa Sunday.

“The total of 238 was a challenging score if we could have bowled well but we couldn’t do that also. First 10 overs, we gave easy boundaries. They knew that later it is going to be tough to score on that track and we had extra spinners. So I think the first 10 overs during batting and bowling cost us the game,” said the experienced Bangladeshi.

Although Bangladesh had a poor World Cup where they finished eighth, they posed good totals on the board.

However, even in that tournament they had problems at the top of the order and the trend of early dismissals continued in the current series. 

Opener Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar failed to provide good starts once again, like most of the World Cup matches where Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiq salvaged the side more often than not.

For Mushfiq however, the task has been lot tougher in the current endeavor as the Tigers are missing ace all-rounder Shakib. 

But Mushfiq batted for his fellow comrades.

When queried if it is frustrating to face such pressure situation on a regular basis, Mushfiq said, “I think no one performed very badly in the World Cup with the bat, to be honest. It might be that Tamim and Soumya could not play big innings but they got the team good starts in almost all the games. We were given some quick runs on the board by them. Tamim was unlucky [Sunday], he played on. There are a few parts which are not favoring us. We still have a game and I will hope that they can give us a good start,” said Mushfiq.   

Following his unbeaten innings Mushfiq did not come out to the field when Bangladesh went to defend the total. 

The former Bangladesh captain informed that he was suffering from cramps.



Tamim b Udana            19    31

Soumya lbw b Pradeep        11    13

Mithun c Mendis b Dananjaya    12    23

Mushfiq not out            98    110

Mahmudullah b Dananjaya        6    18    

Sabbir run out                11    19

Mosaddek c Kusal b Udana        13    27

Miraz c Karunaratne b Pradeep    43    49

Taijul run out                3    9

Mustafizur not out            2    2

Extras (b3 lb4, w12, nb1)        20

Total (50 overs)            238/8

Fall Of Wickets

1-26 (Soumya), 2-31 (Tamim), 3-52 (Mithun), 4-68 (Mahmudullah), 5-88 (Sabbir) 6-117 (Mosaddek), 7-201 (Miraz), 8-231(Taijul)


De Silva 10-0-39-0 (w1), Pradeep 10-0-53-2(w1, nb1), Udana 10-0-58-2(w1) Kumara 10-0-42-0(w3), Dananjaya 10-0-39-2 (w2)

SRI LANKA INNINGS            R    B

Fernando c Tamim b Mustafizur     82    75

Karunaratne b Miraz            15    29

Kusal c Soumya b Mustafizur         30    34

Mendis not out            41    74

Mathews not out            52    57

Extras (b 4, lb 5, nb 1, w 12)        22 

Total (44.4 Overs)            242/3 

Fall Of Wickets

1-71 (Karunaratne), 2-129 (Fernando), 3-146 (Kusal)


Miraz 10-0-51-1, Shafiul 5-0-29-0, Taijul 10-2-35-0, Mustafizur 8-0-50-2, Mosaddek 7-0-32-0, Sabbir 2.4-0-20-0, Soumya 2-0-16-0

Sri Lanka won by seven wickets

MoM: Avishka Fernando