Mushfiq ends ODI bad patch

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, May 18,2017 | Updated: 22:45, May 17,2017

 
 

Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim cuts the ball to bring up his half century against New Zealand during their tri-nation series match at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin on Wednesday. The picture was taken from the official Twitter account of Cricket New Zealand.

Mushfiqur Rahim looked disappointed as he got out after scoring 55 when he was looking very fluent against New Zealand in their tri-series match at Dublin on Wednesday but that innings at least helped him end his recent bad patch in shorter version.
The Test skipper and one of the finest batsmen of the country did not look to be out of touch but somehow he failed to score anything substantial in the shorter format of the game for Bangladesh team in recent matches.
Mushfiq last time made a half century back in October last year when he scored 67 not out in the losing cause against England and scored one and a duck in Sri Lanka after missing out the New Zealand series through injury.
But the wicketkeeper batsman made two fifties in Tests at Sri Lanka and made runs regularly for Legends of Rupganj in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League before leaving for Ireland.
They at least indicated he is anything but out form and it was also evident at the start of his Wednesday’s innings at Clontarf Cricket Club ground in Dublin.
Mushfiq, who is known for his ability to play various strokes around the wicket, looked very confident from the beginning despite he missed out in the first match as he made just 13 against Ireland in the rain-effected opening match of the series.
Initially the right-handed batsman was watchful as he came into the crease after the fall of two quick wickets but just after a couple overs he came down the track to smash a six straight over the head of the bowler Seth Rance, the right-handed seamer.
That shot showed the batsman was in full of confidence and he started to dominate both against seamers and pacers to keep the run wheel going along with Mahmudullah.
Just when the partnership was taking Bangladesh into a commendable position Mushfiq was dismissed against the out run of play nicking a delivery of James Neesham to wicketkeeper Luc Ronchi.
The 66-ball innings consisted with four fours and that spectacular six ended with dissatisfaction of Mushfiq but that at least brought some positives for him ahead of bigger challenge in ICC Champions Trophy. 

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