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22 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Saifuddin demonstrates his talent in 1st ODI

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Saifuddin demonstrates his talent in 1st ODI
Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Saifuddin (L) plays a shot as Zimbabwe's wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor (R) looks on during the first ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday. AFP Photo

Bangladesh fast-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin demonstrated his talent and prowess in the second spell of career when he staged a one-day comeback in the national fold after a nine-month- long hiatus.

Saifuddin first came into limelight as a young pace bowling all-rounder when he came out of just playing ICC Under-19 World Cup for Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team at home turf in 2016.

The young pacer then stepped into international cricket arena for the senior team in 2017 but he failed to showcase his scintillation with both bat and ball in the initial (three) matches what he played for the Tigers.

The youngster had scored so far 30 runs with the highest of 16 runs along with a wicket from three-match road string.

Thereafter, when he started his second spell with the Zimbabwe series, he struck fifty- the highest of his four-match (short-span) cricket career- the score that finally provided a lifeline for Bangladesh.

He gave an opportune company to Imrul Kayes, who clattered a brilliant hundred, the first in this year but third in his overall one-day career.

The duo smashed an invaluable 127-run for the seventh-wicket partnership that gave a big boost of the Bangladesh’s total because they would never able to muster a comprehensive total on the board without their successful partnership.

From the precarious 139-6, they hauled up the team and surpassed 250-run mark, the score that is enough to win the match on Mirpur surface as Bangladesh one-day captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said at pre-match day press conference on Saturday.

“Mirpur wicket is unpredictable because it changes behaviour all of a sudden. It keeps low or starts turning without warning. Batsmen have to quickly change their mindset in the middle, and also in the dressing room. Most of the senior players have played here for more than 10 years, so we are now used to the unpredictability,” said Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

“It obviously becomes hard for the opposition. I am quite sure our boys won’t give this as an excuse. They are now used to it. But going into the game (Sunday) we should have a mindset to score at least 250 or 260 and make it tough for them (Zimbabwe),” Mashrafe told. Saifuddin’s sparkling fifty that came out from 69 deliveries, where he clouted three boundaries and a big six. If he could continue his sheer talent and ability with bat and ball, he will be the regular force of the team.

To see the talent and ability of Saifuddin, Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes said that he could be replaced Saifuddin in place of Mashrafe when it is needed for the team.

“We think Saifuddin is a very good all-rounder. He has the ability to perform at the highest level. He has had a taste of international cricket. He has gone away, and came back into the team. We expect him to be more matured,” said Steve Rhodes.

“Mashrafe has had his injuries. He picked up an injury recently. We need to think about keeping someone ready as his replacement. We want to give Saifuddin some cricket so that he can be prepared. I like his approach and attitude and he looks stronger,” Rhodes told media.

 

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