New Delhi: Mushfiqur Rahim became the toast of his nation after the star batsman guided Bangladesh to an improbable win over hosts Sri Lanka in the third T20I of the Nidahas Trophy tri-series at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.
After hitting the winning runs, Mushfiqur couldn’t control his excitement and celebrated the victory in unique style. The right-hander looked into the eye of the bowler Thisara Perera and then pulled-off an amusing snake dance routine in front of the supporters.
Oh, this was the actual planned celebration had they won against India in 2016 😂😂.
— Chetan Sameer (@chetansameer) March 10, 2018
Mushfiqur Rahim starred with the bat, providing a stunning finish as Bangladesh chased down 215 to register a comprehensive 5-wicket win over. Set a huge total of 215, Bangladesh promoted Liton Das to open the innings and that move paid immediate dividends as he scored a quick-fire 43 off just 19 balls.
He was provided support by hard hitting Tamim Iqbal who went for his shots right from ball 1 as Bangladesh got off to a dream start, reaching 74 at the end of the powerplay and losing only 1 wicket in the process. Soumya Sarkar struggled to get runs on a flat pitch, scoring 24 off 22 balls but it seemed that the Lankan bowlers would pull things back.
However, Mushfiqur used all his experience, picking boundaries at will and not wilting under pressure as he scored an unbeaten 72 off just 35 balls. Bangladesh were also aided by some poor fielding from the Sri Lankans, especially under pressure and those moments proved to be the difference between the two teams.