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Mushfiqur Rahim Reaches New Feat on His Birthday

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Mushfiqur Rahim Reaches New Feat on His Birthday

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Birthday boy Mushfiqur Rahim led from the front as he registered his 44th ODI half-century against Ireland in the first ODI at Chelmsford. His knock of 61 runs helped Bangladesh reach a respectable total of 246/9. The 36-year-old wicketkeeper-batter showed grit and determination against the Irish bowlers and played a very crucial hand under pressure. His 70-ball innings was laced with six fours.

Rahim has been Bangladesh’s ever-dependable player who digs them out of danger across formats. This time, on his birthday, he delivered a very crucial knock. He came to the crease when Bangladesh were struggling at 102/4 in the 22nd over. Rahim stitched a 65-run stand with Mehidy Hasan followed by a 33-run partnership with Taijul Islam. However, he was dismissed by Joshua Little in the 45th over.

Rahim’s Accomplishment

Rahim played a valiant knock against Ireland on his 36th birthday and became the second-oldest batter to score 50-plus runs in ODIs on their birthdays. The oldest player to score 50-plus runs on their birthday in ODIs is Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored 130 runs against Bangladesh in 2008 at the age of 39. Rahim is followed by Brian Lara, Carl Hooper, and Robert Vance.

This is the first ODI match at the Country Cricket Ground in Chelmsford in 24 years. With his side in some trouble, Rahim slammed a brilliant fifty here and scored the highest runs in ODIs here batting at number six or lower. Rahim’s crucial knock has now raced him to 7,106 runs in 246 ODIs at an average of 37.01, which includes 44 half-centuries and 9 centuries.


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Other Match Highlights

The visitors lost their openers early in the innings. Najmul Shanto and Hridoy added 50 runs and steadied the ship. Later, Rahim stitched a 65-run stand with Mehidy, taking them beyond 220. Rahim slammed only fifty of the innings as Bangladesh posted 246/9. Joshua Little was the pick of the bowlers with 3/61.

Conclusion

As the game came to a close, the tension was palpable, but Rahim held his own, finishing with an impressive score of 214 runs for the loss of six wickets. It was a hard-fought battle, but Bangladesh had come out on top, thanks in no small part to Rahim’s outstanding performance.

Overall, Rahim is the second-highest run-scorer for Bangladesh across all formats, with a total of 14,104 runs. His contribution to Bangladesh cricket has been immense, and he has been a stalwart for the team across formats.

In conclusion, Rahim’s knock against Ireland on his birthday will be remembered for a long time. It was a masterclass in how to play under pressure and was a testament to his mental toughness and skill. Bangladesh will be hoping that Rahim can continue his form in the remaining matches of the series.

The series is far from over, with two more games left to play, but if Rahim continues to play like this, there’s no telling what he might achieve. Bangladesh’s next match against Ireland is sure to be one to watch.

The next match is set to happen on May 12. Fans will simply have to hope that Bangladesh continues a strong performance.


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