Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was the sole saving grace of Bangladesh’s horrendous batting display in the second ODI of the three-match series in Sri Lanka. The 32-year-old solidly held one end of the innings as he ran out of batting partners.
The right-handed batsman struck a valiant 98 and remained not out by the end of Bangladesh’s 50 overs as he took his team’s total from a catastrophic 117/6 to a fighting 238 for eight. While his sublime effort could not result in a win for the visitors, Mushfiqur reached a personal milestone in the process of his innings.
The former Bangladesh skipper became just the third player from his nation to breach the landmark of 6,000 runs in ODI cricket, joining teammates Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan in the list. A testimony of his immense caliber, Mushfiqur’s services to Bangladesh cricket have been immense over the years.