Bangladesh stalwarts Sakib al Hasan and Mashrafee bin Murtaza missed out from personal milestones after their underwhelming bowling performances against Ireland in their last group stage match of the tri-series at the Clontarf Cricket Club on Wednesday.
Sakib required only one wicket to become the fastest all-rounder in one-day cricket history to bring up the rare double of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets.
But, Sakib failed to do so in his 198th ODI, as the left-arm spinner remained wicket-less in his nine overs and also leaked 65 runs.
Only four all-rounders –Sri Lanka’s Sanatha Jayasuriya, South Africa’s Jacques Kallis, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, had previously achieved this double, with Razzaq being the quickest to do it in 234 matches.
Sakib, although, was unlucky as he created a straightforward chance in his very first delivery of the day in the 22nd over, as Paul Stirling gave a simple catch to Mohammad Saifuddin at point but the pacer grassed the chance.
In 2017, Sakib was previously the fastest all-rounder to complete the double of 5,000 runs and 200 wickets in 178 matches.
Mashrafee, who had claimed two three-wicket hauls in the previous two matches of the tri-series, failed to maintain his wicket-taking knack, as the pacer remained wicket-less for 47 runs in his eight overs.
If Mashrafee could’ve taken his third three-wicket haul on the trot, it would’ve been the second time in his career after 2006 and could’ve handed him 100 wickets as an ODI captain.
Mashrafee, who currently has 97 wickets in 76 ODIs as a skipper, could’ve joined Pakistan’s Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and South Africa’s Shaun Pollock as the only four players to cross 100-wicket mark as a skipper in ODIs.
Mashrafee is currently the fourth highest wicket-taker as a skipper in ODIs, with Akram leading the list with 158 wickets.
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