Mushfiqur first Bangladeshi, keeper to two double tons
Mushfiqur Rahim has achieved a rare feat in the second day of second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur. He became the first Bangladeshi player to hit two double hundreds in Test cricket.
Mushfiqur registered his sixth Test ton on day one as he ended up on 111* at stumps. He put on massive 292-run stand with Mominul Haque (161) for the fourth-wicket. Mushfiqur reached his 150 in 334 deliveries during the second session on day two.
The ‘pocket dynamo’ was itching towards his second double century. Bangladesh went to tea at 470/7 with Mushfiqur remaining not out on 195* runs. Mushfiqur got his next five runs with singles. He brought up the magical moment with a pull off Sikandar Raza on the fifth ball of 154th over after tea break.
Mushfiqur took 407 balls for his 200 runs. He then hit Brandon Mavuta down the ground for a boundary to surpass his previous high score, 200 against Sri Lanka in 2013 which was incidentally Bangladesh’s first ever double hundred in Tests.
Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are two others with a double hundred in Test cricket. Tamim hit 206 against Pakistan in Khulna in 2015 while Shakib recorded 217 versus New Zealand in Wellington last year. With Mushfiqur’s second double ton, this is the fourth double hundred score by a Bangladeshi.
Mushfiqur is also the first-ever wicket-keeper to score two double centuries.
This is the first double hundred in Test cricket in calendar year 2018. The previous highest score in this year was 196 by Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis against Bangladesh in Chattogram. Mominul Haque had hit 176, third-highest score of 2018, in the same Test.
Watch Mushfiq’s double hundred moments here-