New Age | Published: 00:00, Nov 13,2018


Bangladesh batsmen Mehedi Hasan (L) and Mushfiqur Rahim run between the wickets on the second day of their second Test against Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National stadium on Monday. — New Age photo

Mushfiqur Rahim, who struck an unbeaten 219 runs against Zimbabwe, became the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score two double hundreds in Test history. His previous double hundred was the first double hundred for Bangladesh in Test cricket when he scored 200 against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2013. With Monday’s 219, Mushfiq also became the first Bangladeshi player to score two double hundreds in Test cricket. Apart from Mushfiq, only Sakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal had scored a double hundred in Test cricket for the Tigers.

Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 219 runs was the second highest individual score at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium. Azhar Ali of Pakistan holds the record of highest score at the venue when he scored 226 runs against Bangladesh in 2015.

With his 5-71, Zimbabwe pacer Kyle Jarvis bagged a five-for in Test cricket for the third time in his career.

Mehedi Hasan struck an unbeaten 68 against Zimbabwe, which was his highest individual score in Test cricket. The other half-century that he scored in Tests was his 51-run innings against India in Hyderabad in 2017.

The unbroken 144-run stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan was the highest eighth wicket stand for Bangladesh in Tests. The previous record was 113 runs between Mushfiq and Naeem Islam, which they made against England in Chattogram in 2010.

Mushfiq’s unbeaten 219 runs was also the highest individual score for a Bangladeshi batsman in Test cricket. With this, he surpassed Sakib al Hasan’s previous highest score of 217 runs that he made against New Zealand in Wellington in 2017.

During his unbeaten knock of 219, Mushfiq faced a total of 421 balls which is the highest number of deliveries faced by a Bangladeshi cricketer in a Test innings. The previous record was held by Mohammad Ashraful, who faced 417 deliveries while scoring 190 runs against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2013.

Bangladesh declared their first innings at 522-7 against Zimbabwe, which is their highest innings total against Zimbabwe in Test cricket. This was also only for the eighth time that Bangladesh could score over 500-run in an innings. Bangladesh’s previous highest score against Zimbabwe was 488 runs which they scored in Chattogram in 2005.

Mushfiqur Rahim batted for 589 minutes for his unbeaten 219 runs which is the longest period of time for a Bangladeshi batsman to remain at the crease in a Test innings. The previous longest Test innings was played by Aminul Islam, who batted for 535 minutes while scoring 145 runs against India in the inaugural Test match in 2000. 

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