India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has lauded Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim after for his brilliant knock in the ICC Champions Trophy opener against England on Thursday (June 1).
The former Bangladesh walked in to bat when Bangladesh were 95 for 2 in the 20th over after being asked to bat first on a good batting pitch at The Oval. With Tamim Iqbal looking solid at the other end the onus was on Mushfiqur to forge a good partnership with the opening batsman and the wicketkeeper-batsman did it with utmost aplomb. Tamim was batting quite comfortably but at the same time he was not finding it easy to play his usual attacking game. The fact that he consumed 72 balls to reach his half-century is enough to prove that he was not getting any freebies from the English bowlers and so he needed someone to up the run-rate from the other end and Mushfiqur shouldered the responsibility brilliantly. The right-handed batsman scored 79 off just 72 balls with the help of 8 fours and added 166 runs with Tamim who scored 128 off 142 balls as Bangladesh posted 305 for 6 in the allotted overs.
Impressed by Mushfiqur’s knock, Ashwin took to Twitter to praise the Bangladeshi ace.
“What a knock this from Mushfiq. #ENGvBAN #CT17” the off-spinner tweeted.
— Ashwin (During Covid 19)🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) June 1, 2017
Mushfiqur and Tamim’s knock meanwhile went in vain as Joe Root’s magnificent century helped the hosts to start their Champions Trophy campaign with a bang. Bangladesh began their bowling innings on a good note with captain Mashrafe Mortaza sending back out-of-form Jason Roy for just 1 but the England batsmen then showed why they have tipped by so many to win the title. Alex Hales and Joe Root shared a 159-run stand to lay the foundation for an easy chase before the latter and skipper Eoin Morgan shared an unbeaten partnership of 143 runs to take England home with over two overs remaining. Root remained unbeaten on 133 while Morgan was unbeaten on 75.