Mushfiqur Rahim’s blistering 144 has highlighted Bangladesh’s innings of 261 runs in the first match of Asia Cup against Sri Lanka in Group B at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Tigers had the most horror possible start to their innings. Lasith Malinga dismissed Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan ln consecutive balls in the first over. Tamim Iqbal suffered a blow to his left wrist which finally led him to go off the field. He was later admitted to hospital.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun settled the innings steadily. Bangladesh made only 24 runs for two wickets in the first powerplay. These two batsmen then got loose and brought Bangladesh back in the game. They added 131 runs which looked promising for them.
Mithun was the aggressor in the partnership. He reached his first ODI fifty in 52 balls while Mushfiqur played 67 deliveries for his half-century. The partnership was broken when Malinga was brought back in the 26th over. Mithun departed scoring 68-ball 63 runs 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Sri Lanka got themselves in commanding position with the regular fall of wickets. Mushfiqur was the sole fighter in the disaster. He brought up his sixth ODI hundred by flicking Lakmal behind the stumps in the 44th over. It was his second ton at the Asia Cup.
Tamim, who was ruled out of the tournament, made a shocking entrance to the crease after Mustafizur Rahman fell in a run out. Tamim blocked one ball with just one hand (right hand).
Mushfiqur then single-handedly took the control of the game. He added 32 more runs to Bangladesh’s total. Bangladesh were all out for 261 runs in 49.3 overs. Mushfiqur made Bangladesh’s all-time second-highest individual score 144 from 150 deliveries hitting 11 fours and 4 sixes.
Massive Respect for Tamim Iqbal. Came out to bat with a broken arm and batted with one hand only.
— Saad 🇵🇰 (@ImSaadAwais22) September 15, 2018