Bangladesh reached 349/6 at 50 overs following Mushfiqur Rahim’s century in the second ODI of the three-match series. Mushfiqur Rahim smashed 100 runs from just 60 balls. In the history of ODI cricket, this is the fastest century for Bangladeshi players.
Fastest ODI hundreds for Bangladesh (by balls taken):
60 runs – Mushfiqur Rahim vs Ireland, Sylhet, 2023
63 runs – Shakib Al Hasan vs Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, 2009
68 runs – Shakib Al Hasan vs Zimbabwe, Mirpur, 2009
69 runs – Mushfiqur Rahim vs Pakistan, Mirpur, 2015
During Mushfiqur Rahim’s century, he scored 14 fours and two sixes to set a new record for the best century score. Blistering innings of high quality from Mushfiqur Rahim helped Bangladesh post a massive total on the board with some scintillating batting displays. They will be confident enough to defend this one.
In the second innings, Bangladesh improved their score from the first innings and broke the record for the highest ODI total. While Ireland did stage a comeback with three quick wickets, the partnership between Mushfiqur Rahim and Towhid Hridoy of 128 runs off 78 balls was essential for Bangladesh. Bangladesh batters made merry as they leaked runs on both sides of the stumps. To level the series, Ireland now face a formidable challenge. Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie need to give Ireland a positive start. As for now, the run chase has been delayed as it is raining heavily. The covers are on as the game awaits to resume