Mushfiqur Rahim pulls off a sensational win for Bangladesh
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Writer
Tri-Series 3rd Match: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Mar 10 - 2018, Cricket highlights
After the Bangladeshi bowlers allowed the Sri Lankan batsmen to post 214 runs on the board, very few would have thought that the visitors would be able to pull off a win. But how wrong did they prove everyone. Tamim Iqbal (47) and Liton Das (43) provided their team with a sensational start post which Mushfiqur Rahim played a fantastic knock (72*) to help his team chase down the fourth highest total in T20I history. The 5-wicket win for Bangladesh also opens up the tri-series with all the three teams registering a win each.
Match three was all about the batting performance from both the teams. Their bowling and fielding was lacklustre, to say the least. For Sri Lanka, it was the pair of Kusals (Mendis and Perera) that did the damage early on. The two put on an 85-run partnership for the second wicket and took their team’s total past the 140-run mark in just 13.1 overs. Surprisingly, it was Mendis, who was the aggressor between the two. The right-hander scored 57 off just 29 balls, before being caught at the deep mid-wicket boundary on the bowling of Mahmudullah.
After losing Mendis, Sri Lanka lost two more wickets in quick succession, which resulted in their run-rate dropping just a bit. But the Bangladeshi bowlers weren’t able to contain the batsmen for too long. Upul Tharanga took just four balls to settle down and post that, he played a blinder of an innings – scoring 32 off just 15 balls – to help Sri Lanka post a massive total of 214 on the board.
To chase down the target, Bangladesh needed a good start from their openers. And Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das provided them with more than just a good start. The openers, just like the Sri Lankan openers, came out all guns blazing and took the attack to the Sri Lankan bowlers. They added 74 runs in just 5.4 overs, before Liton Das was removed by Nuwan Pradeep.
The wicket did slow things down a bit, but Bangladesh were still able to score at 10 RPO. Thisara Perera then gave the batting side a huge blow by getting rid of Tamim Iqbal. With both the set batsmen back in the pavilion, Bangladesh had to start the run-chase from the scratch.
It was at this stage that Mushfiqur Rahim took the responsibility on his shoulders and played one hell of a knock to get Bangladesh over the line. He was even struggling with the hamstring at one point, but he didn’t let that problem come in the way of his team’s win. Along with the support from Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah, Rahim pulled off one of the most brilliant run-chases in the history of T20 cricket.