Twitter reactions to classy 125 by Mushfiqur Rahim in 2nd ODI | Fans full of praise for Mushfiqur Rahim after his 125 vs Sri Lanka
For the second time in Bangladesh’s ODI series against Sri Lanka, Bangladeshi stalwart Mushfiqur Rahim made it as if he was batting on a different pitch to everybody else.
On two slow, sluggish surfaces, and faced with difficult situations, Rahim scored 84 (87) in the first ODI, followed by a superb 127-ball 125 to propel Bangladesh to 246 in the second ODI. He anchored the innings after the early fall of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan, and kept his nerves as wickets fell regularly. By the time Mahmudullah was dismissed, Bangladesh were five down with 17 overs to play with just 161 on the board.
But, the classy batsman then used all his experience to guide Bangladesh to a defendable score. He remained calm but ensured his strike rate stayed healthy. He manipulated the gaps to keep the strike rotating, and then pounced with key runs at the backend of the innings, with the rain delay not hampering his concentration. In the end, he celebrated his eighth ODI hundred, which is the third-most by any Bangladeshi player.
In a remarkable stat courtesy of The CricViz Analyst, only Virat Kohli has a higher total batting impact in ODIs since the start of 2018. Also, he averages 51.43 batting four or lower in ODIs since 2015. Incredible stuff.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions: