Sport

Mashrafe finally breaks jinx after four wicketless games

DHAKA, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza finally claimed a wicket against England as he removed opener Johny Bairstow to break the dangerous opening partnership in their third match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Cardiff on Saturday.

It was his first wicket in five matches as he went wicketless four straight games, starting from Trination series in Ireland in which Bangladesh became unbeaten champions.

As Bairstow and his fellow opening partner Jason Roy got going strong, having taken Bangladeshi attack in disdain, Mashrafe gave Bangladesh a sigh of relief, undoing Bairstow with a delivery that carried extra bounce.

Bairstow on 51 tried to nudge it to legside but the ball popped up to short cover where Mehidy Hasan Miraz held on excellently to send him to the dressing room. By then Bairstow and Roy combined for a 128 in just 19.1 overs and Bairstow completed his first World Cup halfcentury.

However, when the breakthrough gave Bangladesh a relief to some extent, it was also a huge sigh of relief for Mashrafe after his performance was severely criticized.

Mashrafe last got wickets against West Indies at Malahide in Dublin in the group phase of triseries, after ending the match with 360.

Thereafter he didn't snap up any wicket in the returnleg match against Ireland in which he finished with 80470 and in the final against West Indies with figures of 60280.

He also went wicketless in the first two matches of the World Cup against South Africa and New Zealand, finishing with 60490 and 50320 respectively.

In between Bangladesh played a practice game against India, where his bowling figure was 62230. If the practice match is taken into consideration, he was wicketless in five straight matches.

However it was the only second time in his career that he remained wicketless in four straight international games, having suffered such sort of run of poor form in 2010 earlier.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)