‘Mustafizur’s two wickets was the turning point’ | The Daily Star
01:27 AM, June 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:33 AM, June 18, 2019

‘Mustafizur’s two wickets was the turning point’

West Indies were thundering towards a huge total, putting the Tigers out of the game at the 40th over of the innings when Mashrafe Bin Mortaza brought his wily cutter master Mustafizur Rahman back into the attack and it paid rich dividends.

Mustafizur went on to remove Shai Hope after he had stormed to a 25-ball 50. 82 runs had been scored in the last six overs prior to Fizz's over and Fizz was not done after Hope's wicket. He bowled an absolutely brilliant cutter that took the edge of Andre Russell's bat before Mushfiqur dived to take a great catch. That over turned out to be the turning point for Mashrafe.

"The turning point was Mustafizur getting those two wickets," the skipper said in post-match ceremony.

The scalp of two big hitters really slowed Windies down at the end. Instead of getting to a score of 340 or even 350, the Windies innings stopped at 321 for eight.

Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das then stood tall, as Tigers coasted to victory in cathartic style.

Mashrafe praised the star duo for their effort. "He [Shakib] has delivered for the team, every match he has come and done something which is really exceptional. Hopefully others will join him. Last two matches Mushfiqur batted well, today Liton batted brilliantly. Normally he bats at the top, it was a tough ask to bat at 5, but he coped with that and delivered," Mashrafe concluded.

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