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Moments: Imrul, the comeback hero and oh no, Shakib!

  • Published at 09:52 pm September 23rd, 2018
Imrul Kayes Asia Cup
Bangladesh's Imrul Kayes sweeps during their Asia Cup Super Four game against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi Sunday BCB

Bangladesh batsman Imrul Kayes since his international debut in 2008 had uncountable occasions of getting axed from the squad, only to make a comeback later

Imrul, the comeback hero

Bangladesh batsman Imrul Kayes since his international debut in 2008 had uncountable occasions of getting axed from the squad, only to make a comeback later. 

The left-hander returned to the ODI fold after almost a year and marked it with an unbeaten 72 off 89 balls, batting at No 6. Imrul was included “unusually” in the Bangladesh squad, based on the side’s poor batting display in back-to-back matches. 

Imrul reached Dubai Saturday night and without the opportunity to understand the conditions got down to bat straightaway for the Tigers, in place of middle-order batsman Mosaddek Hossain.

Opener Liton Das and youngster Nazmul Hossain Shanto kept their places in the opening slot, in spite of consecutive failures. 

Imrul maintained his reputation of strong comebacks, and struck an innings-saving half-century, his 15th ODI fifty, as Bangladesh recovered from a batting disaster.  

The occasion was the first Imrul batted down the order – at No 6. In 70 ODIs, Imrul opened the batting 61 times and on nine occasions, the left-hander batted at No 3. 

Imrul also partnered Mahmudullah in a crucial 128-run stand for the sixth wicket – the Tigers’ highest sixth-wicket stand.   

Oh no, Shakib!

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan had walked to the middle with his side reeling on 81 for the loss of three wickets in the 19th over. The side had just lost Liton for 41 to an awful shot selection. 

Liton had just hit a four but in the very next delivery, the right-handed batsman swept leg-spinner Rashid Khan, only to top edge and get caught. 

Shakib joined wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim in the middle with great responsibility on the shoulders. But nerves took over as the vastly experienced left-handed batsman was caught short of the ground in foolish manner. 

Poor judgment saw Shakib flick a googly towards the fielder at mid-wicket, and take off for a single. But Mushfiq denied, realising there was no run in it. On way back, Shakib slipped and was nowhere in the frame when the ball directly hit the stumps.