DHAKA, Mushfiqur Rahim battled lonely to help Bangladesh compile 2388 in their second ODI match against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
The match turned out to be a mustwin game for Tigers to stay alive in the threematch series following their 91run drubbing at the hands of Lankans in first game.
Mushfiqur Rahim remains not out on 98 off 110, smashing six fours and one six. Mehidy Hasan Miraz scored 43 to come as a handy support for Mushfiqur.
No other batsmen however crossed even 20 as they put up a wretched batting performance after Tamim Iqbal opted to bat first in a pitch what didn't look to have any demons.
Bangladeshi batsmen rather threw away their start, playing some dubious shot. After a decent start, Soumya Sarkar (11) was trapped legbefore by a full toss delivery from Nuwan Pradeep while Tamim Iqbal (19) was undone by a short delivery from Isuru Udana as Bangladesh lost the two openers with the scoreboard reading 312.
Expectation was high on Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah in the crucial game when Mushfiqur Rahim held together the innings with utmost confidence. But both of them put yet another disappointing performance.
Mithun scored 12, following his 10 in the first match, was got rid of offspinner Dhanajaya de Silva. Soon after Mahmudullah Riyad followed him after trying to cut a delivery of Akila Dananjaya that spun past him.
Mahmudullah who scored just 3 in the first match, this time made just 6.
Mushfiqur by this time became third Bangladeshi batsmen after Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al JHasan to bring up 6000run when on 8, after pushing a Dananjaya delivery to square leg.
Fresh from his 60 in the first match, Sabbir Rahman was runout on 11, after a mixup with Mushfiqur, leaving Bangladesh 886. Mosaddek Hossain kept up his poor form being out on 13, with Bangladesh 1176. Young Mehidy put up a batting display that could make top order batsmen ashamed.
He gave Mushfiqur the apt support as the duo combined for an 84run for the seventh wickets partnership, taking Bangladesh past 200. Mushfiqur brought up his 38th halfcentury off 71 balls with a cut past point for a single of Dhananjaya de Silve.
Nuwan Pradeed however got the better of Mehidy with a legcutter but Mushfiqur came up with free flowing batting in the last five overs. Still he missed out a ton what he really deserved after Nuwan Pradeep showed an intriguing display Yorkers in the last over.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)