Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal displayed a heroic effort as he came out to bat two hours after being told by the doctors that he has suffered a fractured left wrist. The left-handed batsman was injured in the second over of the Asia Cup 2018 ODI match against Sri Lanka, after a delivery from Suranga Lakmal struck his left wrist. The 29-year-old immediately called for medical help and retired hurt on 2 off 3 balls. Later, he was taken to a hospital where scans revealed a fracture on his index finger, ruling him out for six weeks.
But to everyone’s surprise, the batsman came out to bat in the 47th over after the fall of Bangladesh’s ninth wicket. Iqbal’s four fingers, except the thumb, were popping out of his glove to support the special padding to prevent further injuries. Using his one hand, he played out one delivery, which he defended. It allowed the centurion Mushfiqur Rahim to carry on the onslaught in the final three overs and take the total to 261 by the end of the innings.
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“There was a lot of pressure, losing lost two wickets early and Tamim couldn’t bat. But the decision to bat (again) was made by him. If he didn’t want to bat, no one could push him. Credit goes to him for the decision,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said after the match.
Mortaza also lauded the centurion Rahim for his match-winning innings. “Mushfiqur played one of the best ODI innings by a Bangladeshi. The way Mushfiqur finished the innings was very good. The crowd the way they supported us from the first ball was really good. Nice way to start the Asia Cup. I think it was more than Mirpur. Big stadium, crowd was full,” he said.
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews, too, lauded Tamim while lamenting his team’s heavy defeat. Mathews said, “Tamim showed a lot of guts. I though Mushfiqur batted really well. Mushfiqur was out there and he (Tamim) came in to bat. And that 20-30 runs also made the difference. It was a really bad performance from the batting unit,” he said.
“Batting was the main downfall today. Lasith was absolutely brilliant. Three wickets for three runs, and we let them off the hook. We dropped some crucial catches. Still, 260 was a chaseable target on this wicket. It played very well. We made some bad decisions while batting. We are under pressure. We only have one lifeline. We have to win it. It’s a do or die game for us. We have to learn from the mistakes from this game,” the Sri Lanka captain added.
He further said that Bangladesh outperformed them in every department. “We had to change our combination because of Danuskha and Chandimal’s injury. We went in with one less batsman thinking Dilruwan can bat at number eight. But one of the batting has to be done by one of the top order batters. They showed a lot of guts. Credits goes to Bangladesh, they outplayed us in all three departments of the game,” he said.
As per the reports, the batsman is likely to return to Bangladesh after suffering the injury, and the backup opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto will likely be included in the playing XI, in Bangladesh’s next fixture against Afghanistan on September 20. Bangladesh bowled out Sri Lanka for 124 in just 35.2 overs to pick up their first win in the tournament by 137 runs. Rahim who scored 144 in 150 balls, was named as the player of the match for his ton.