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Imrul breathes huge sigh of relief

Update : 09 Nov 2015, 06:42 PM

Imrul Kayes scripted a memorable comeback in the Tigers coloured kit as the left-handed opening batsman contributed a valiant 76 in Bangladesh's fifth ODI series win in a row yesterday. The home side beat minnows Zimbabwe by 58 runs in the second ODI of their three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Imrul finally repaid the faith that the selectors and coach Chandika Hathurusingha put on him. Although he disappointed during the World Cup earlier this year, where he was drafted in the team to replace injured Anamul Haque, this time he made sure of delivering.

Once again called in the team as a replacement, of Soumya Sarkar, Imrul faced 89 balls before departing off a loose shot. The 28-year-old credited his skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza for providing him the much needed mental support while he also said that lukc was a big factor yesterday.

“I think every comeback is important for me. After playing badly in the world cup I felt bad. I told myself if I get an opportunity I will try to make the most of it. Luckily I got the chance and it worked out well for me. I got out in a bad time. There was pressure on the team. Next time if I get an opportunity it will go to 100 definitely,” Imrul told the media after the game yesterday.

“When you try to score runs you need luck. In the next match I will try to play normally. There was a bit of pressure, my boss (Mashrafe) told me a number of things and helped me. He told me a lot of things that’s why he inspired me,” said Imrul.

Yesterday's series win was Bangladesh's ninth over Zimbabwe and their fourth straight series win at home this year and according to the Tigers skipper Mashrafe, these wins will give them more confidence in the upcoming days.

“We are very happy to have such a year. I think this is a great thing for our cricket. There are more challenges coming up and we have to take this challenge. We have to get these wins and increase our confidence ahead of the big events,” said Mashrafe. 

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