Mushfiqur credits one-handed Tamim with inspiring victory

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Man of the match in Bangladesh’s victory over Sri Lanka Mushfiqur Rahim says that Tamim Iqbal’s return to the crease to bat with one hand inspired him to get his team to victory.

Mushfiqur’s epic 144 came as all around him seemed to falter, barring Mohammad Mithun whose 63 was the only other score of note.

Tamim had been struck on the hand by a bouncer from Suranga Lakmal and has suffered a suspected broken hand.He was unable to use the hand and chose to attempt to fend the ball away with a single hand.

“(I was) really surprised to see Tamim come to bat, it’s a great gesture,” said Mushfiqur after being declared Player of the Match. “When I saw him, it boosted me to do something for him and for my country.”

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Tamim’s effort may go down as a uniquely memorable act of bravery in a sporting contest. Mushfiqur was able to add 32 runs to the total and get Bangladesh to a solid 261. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza would praise Tamim’s bravery as well.

Mashrafe said: “I think the word for Tamim is that ‘people should always remember him’.”

Mushfiqur lauded the efforts of Mithun who put him in a position to get Bangladesh to a defendable target on a tricky pitch.

“We didn’t get the start we wanted, but credit to Mithun for taking the pressure away from me. And after that I just took my chances and it paid off,” Mushfiqur said.

“It is probably the best I’ve batted because it’s difficult to concentrate with the heat and the running between the wickets as well. We’ve been in great nick, but I haven’t been able to convert my starts into big innings. So that’s paid off.”

Mashrafe is hoping for an allround improvement from his team in their next match despite what ended up being a comfortable win over Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka are in action again on Monday when they take on Afghanistan while Bangladesh will conclude the group meeting the same opposition on Thursday.

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