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Plays of the day: Nasir's return, Mashrafe's 50th ODI six and Mushfiq joins 4000 club

  • Published at 06:18 pm October 9th, 2016
Plays of the day: Nasir's return, Mashrafe's 50th ODI six and Mushfiq joins 4000 club
England’s tactical display in first hour England produced a magnificent bowling display in first hour of the game to halt Bangladesh's run-scoring in an impressive manner. Opening bowlers Chris Woakes and David Willey bowled in the right channel and gave no room to Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes. Both the bowlers bowled plenty of slowers and cutters during their first spell. Captain Jos Buttler set up a superb field in the first powerplay as Bangladesh managed to score only three boundaries in their first 10 overs. [caption id="attachment_21085" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim departs after joining the 4000-run club in ODIs DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Mushfiq joins 4000-club in ODIs Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim joined the 4000-run club in ODIs on Sunday. Mushfiq needed 12 runs to touch the mark and he eventually scored 21. He achieved this landmark in his 163rd innings. He scored 1000 runs in 55 innings, 2000 runs in his next 42 innings, 3000 runs in his following 28 knocks and finally, 4000 runs in his next 24 innings. Mushfiq played promisingly but failed to convert it to a much-needed big score once again. Batting on 21, he top-edged a pull and Moeen Ali took a superb tumbling catch running in from deep fine leg. And so, yet another promising innings ended in a sad way for the stumper-batsman. [caption id="attachment_21086" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza goes big DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Mashrafe steps up at the hour of need When Mashrafe bin Mortaza came to the crease, Bangladesh were hobbling at 169 for 7 after 41.4 overs. The Tigers skipper stepped up to the occasion and played a timely captain's knock of 44 off just 29 balls. His explosive innings enabled the Tigers to a challenging total of 238. Mashrafe hit two sixes off Moeen in the 43rd over to signal his intentions. Those two over boundaries set the tempo in the slog overs. The Narail Express was eventually run out in the last over but he made a contributed a valuable 69-run partnership for the ninth wicket alongside Nasir Hossain which gave Bangladesh a good total worth fighting for. [caption id="attachment_21087" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bangladesh's Nasir Hossain plays a shot during his unbeaten run-a-ball 27 DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Nasir’s comeback All-rounder Nasir made a much-awaited return to the playing XI, replacing left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain. The right-handed batsman played a handy knock in the latter overs, helping the side with his regular rotation of the strike as Mashrafe was blazing at the other end. Nasir made an unbeaten run-a-ball 27. [caption id="attachment_21090" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan reacts DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Tigers start with a bang Bangladesh began their bowling with the best attacking option, Shakib al Hasan. There was a huge appeal in the very first ball of the innings against Jason Roy. The batsman though survived by the skin of his teeth. However, Shakib was able to create pressure with his spell. But it was Mashrafe who struck the first blow when he got the wicket of James Vince in fourth over. Later, Mashrafe continued to bowl brilliantly, picking up the wickets of Roy and Ben Stokes. In between, Shakib showed his class with the ball as the ace all-rounder dodged Ben Duckett and clean bowled him in the last ball of the fifth over. After 10 overs of the first powerplay, England were reeling on 31 for 4. And thus, we had a match in our hands. [caption id="attachment_21088" align="alignnone" width="1024"] England captain Jos Buttler pulls one on way to his half-century DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Buttler blazes Buttler has proved himself in world cricket as one of the best clean-hitters of the ball and on Sunday, he yet again proved his worth in English colours. England were 26 for 4 when Buttler came in to the middle and he immediately announced his intentions by scoring a boundary in the very first ball he faced. After that, the strokes continued to flow from his willow. The England captain played his natural aggressive game and made a run-a-ball 57 before being trapped in front by Taskin Ahmed in the 28th over. [caption id="attachment_21089" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza in full flow DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Mashrafe's 50th ODI six Mashrafe seems to be adding feather to his cap every other day and Sunday was no exception. During his quickfire knock of 44, the right-hander smashed three sixes – two off Moeen and one off Willey. And when he blasted his second maximum, he became only the third Bangladesh batsman in history to hit 50 ODI sixes. He now has 52 with Tamim (64) and Mushfiq (53) ahead of him in the list.
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