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Mashrafe rates Mushfiq ton high

  • Published at 09:46 am September 16th, 2018
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Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match against Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Saturday AFP

Right-handed batsman Mushfiqur’s 144 off 150 ball with 11 boundaries and four over boundaries gave Bangladesh edge to post 261 runs against Sri Lanka

Bangaldesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza termed Mushfiqur Rahim’s match winning century against Sri Lanka as one of the best ODI innings of Bangladesh history. The Tigers got to a winning start in the ACC Asia Cup 2018 defeating Sri Lanka by 137 runs at Dubai Internal Stadium on Saturday thanks to a valiant 144-run knock of the wicket-keeper batsman.

Right-handed batsman Mushfiqur’s 144 off 150 ball with 11 boundaries and four over boundaries gave Bangladesh edge to post 261 runs. The effort was aided with Tamim Iqbal’s heroic to go to bat as number 11 with a broken wrist. The momentum of Mushfiqur adding 32 of 15 deliveries in the last part of the innings lifted Bangladesh bowlers and bock down the opposition to get all-out with just 124. Mushfiqur had a little luck early on - having been dropped in the 10th over - his was nevertheless a terrific innings.

“I think it was one of the best ODI innings for Bangladesh. It came under pressure, losing two wickets and Tamim very early. The way Mushfiqur finished was really good. Mithun handled the pressure very well,” said Mashrafe to the media in Dubai on Saturday.

Mushfiqur on the day first recover Bangladesh early loss of Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan, both getting dismissed on duck in the very first over and missing Tamim due to wrist injury in the next over. The wicket-keeper batsman partnered with Mohammad Mithun for a 131 runs stand for the fourth wicket and then batted efficiently with the tail. Mushfiqur fetched boundaries at the start of each over and singles towards the end to keep the score board ticking. 

But despite his best efforts the lower order batsmen continued to perish and when it looked the innings should end with 229 on the board an injured Tamim returned to the field, faced a delivery and put Mushfiqur on strike. Mushfiqur did not disappointed as he tore apart the Lanka attack and take Bangladesh to a competitive total before perishing with three balls to remain in the innings. The century was Mushfiqur’s sixth in the format and also the career best.