Soumya’s shot surprises Agar

Soumya's shot surprises Agar
Australia spinner Ashton Agar (L) celebrates dismissal of Soumya Sarkar with his teammates in Mirpur on Monday.

Left-arm Aussie spinner Ashton Agar said he was surprised with Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar’ shot which send the opener to the pavilion. With only two overs left to go for Bangladesh to retire to the team hotel with the maximum advantage of having 10 wickets in hand, Soumya danced down the track.

The ball did go far, about eight storeys straight up in the sky, and landed in the juggling hands of a nervous, backpedalling Usman Khawaja at mid on, who unlike Soumya managed to calm down and take the ball on the third attempt.

“I was a bit surprised. I understood why he played it, because the man was up a bit and he wanted to take it downtown,” said Agar with a glint in his eye.

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He added on the same, “But at that stage of the game, with the wicket doing what it was doing, it was a bit of a risky shot. And fortunately for me it really paid off and I’m glad he made that mistake.”

The spinner said the last bit with a chuckle, indicating just how much succour Soumya’s unnecessary adventurism had given the Aussies at the end of a tough day in the office.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor,

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