The world watched Bangladesh winning the opening match of Asia Cup despite adversities striking the team one after another. Wickets fell like flies but Mushfiqur Rahim scored his career-best 144 runs for 150 balls with 11 boundaries and four sixes for his sixth ODI hundred. Tamim Iqbal came to bat one-handed after the fall of the ninth wicket as his left hand’s little finger was fractured. It was an act of bravado receiving standing ovation in the stadium and applause all over the world.
Tamim’s decision to help his team despite his injury is rare in the history of cricket. It gives goose-bumps even as we think of the depth of his love for the country and his team spirit. He returned with his injury to partner with centurion Mushfiqur Rahim, adding 32 runs in the last wicket partnership, lifting the score to 261, thus resulting in a massive win for Bangladesh.Yesterday’s win proves the point that there is always hope till the last moment and what matters most is to never give up even after it seems that all is over. In reality, as long as the fighting spirit is there, it is never over. Tigers have once again surprised the world with their grit, team spirit, patriotism and determination by winning one of the most dramatic ODI encounters in cricket history. It is a true reflection of the Bangladeshi spirit as we always deliver the best when our back is against the wall.
The Sri Lankan team scoring 124 secured a massive win for the Tigers by 137 runs despite being all out in 49.3 overs with 261 runs. Sri Lankan skipper Mathews lauded both Tamim for showing a lot of guts and Mushfiqur for playing one of the best ODI innings by a Bangladeshi while lamenting his own team’s heavy defeat.
We hope that the Tigers will follow up their terrific opening win in the tournament with more laurels for the country despite star players being out of the tournament with injuries. We could think of this as an opportunity for the lesser known players to show their mettle in the coming days of the tournament.