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Rain washes out second ODI after Mushfiq heroics

Sports Correspondent

Published: 04:30, 21 March 2023

Rain washes out second ODI after Mushfiq heroics

Inclement weather forced the abandonment of the second of three one-day internationals between Bangladesh and Ireland in Sylhet Monday.
Mushfiqur Rahim hit his country's fastest ODI century as Bangladesh scored a record 349/6 but persistent rainfall meant the game could not resume and had to be called off.
The Irish now at least have the chance to level the series in Thursday's final ODI at the same venue with the Tigers leading 1-0 following their mammoth 183-run win in the first match last Saturday.
Fresh from beating England 3-0 in Twenty20s, Mushfiq was unbeaten on 100 off just 60 balls, while Nazmul Hossain and Liton Das added 73 and 70 runs respectively.
This helped the hosts break their record of 338/8 set only in the previous match, which they won by 183 runs to give them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Sent in to bat first, Bangladesh began cautiously in slightly overcast conditions before Liton and skipper Tamim Iqbal grew in confidence to put on 42 runs.
Tamim was run out for 23 with a direct throw from Mark Adair before Liton and Shanto added 101 runs for the second wicket.  
Graham Hume, Ireland's most successful bowler with 3/58, removed Shakib al Hasan (17) and Shanto in successive overs after Andy McBrine took the wicket of Liton.
However, Mushfiq and Towhid Hridoy then took the bowling by storm to add 128 runs in just 13 overs for the fifth wicket.  
Towhid fell for 49 but Mushfiq continued his terrific batting to bring his ninth ODI hundred with a single in the last ball of the innings.
He broke Shakib's record of a 63-ball hundred against Zimbabwe in 2009.
He also completed his 7,000 ODI runs in the process as the third Bangladeshi after teammates Tamim and Shakib.