Nidahas Trophy 2018: Mushfiqur Rahim makes amends vs Sri Lanka after Bangalore botch-up

Mushfiqur Rahim redeemed himself in grand style by guiding Bangladesh to a record win against Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy after he failed to get his team past India in the 2016 World T20.

cricket Updated: Mar 11, 2018 23:14 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Colombo
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Bangladesh cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim celebrate their team's five wickets victory over Sri Lanka after during the third Twenty20 (T20) international between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy 2018 at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo on March 10, 2018. (AFP)

Mushfiqur Rahim steered a full and wide ball from Thisara Perera in the final over to the third man fence on Saturday. The former Bangladesh cricket team captain stood still, composed himself and dug out a yorker to level the scores.

Rahim then clipped a full delivery to mid wicket. Once the run was completed, Rahim broke into a snake dance.

Bangladesh had secured the fourth-highest successful chase in T20 Internationals and the win not only helped Bangladesh snap their losing streak. Almost two years ago, Mushfiqur had failed to complete the job at hand.

Bangalore horrors

In the World T20 clash against India in March 2016, Bangladesh needed 11 off the final over bowled by Hardik Pandya.

Mushfiqur hit two boundaries to get the equation down to two off three balls with three wickets remaining. After he hit the second boundary, Rahim pumped his fist and jumped up in joy, coming close to Pandya.

However, in the quest to finish the game off in style, Rahim holed out to deep mid wicket. Mahmudullah fell trying to slog and was caught at deep mid wicket while Mustafizur Rahman could not out-run MS Dhoni and was run-out.

The one-run loss was a spectacular failure for Bangladesh and everybody criticised Mushfiqur’s pre-mature celebration.

Turbulent times

Following the loss, Mushfiqur apologised on his Facebook page blaming himself for the loss. The 30-year-old did not help matters when he tweeted celebrating India’s loss in the World T20 semi-final against West Indies.

The World T20 loss seemed to have hit Bangladesh hard and in 2017/18, they had won only one out of 14 T20 matches. With each loss, the nightmare of Bangalore kept stabbing Mushfiqur.

Redemption achieved

Mushfiqur’s snake dance spoke of the relief that he was able to guide Bangladesh to the highest successful chase in Sri Lanka.

The victory was set-up by some aggressive batting from Liton Das (43) and Tamim Iqbal (47) as Bangladesh threw the Nidahas Trophy open.

Speaking after match, Tamim said, “The amount of criticism Mushfiq copped that day (in Bangalore), I think he should be praised the same amount.”

First Published: Mar 11, 2018 18:00 IST