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Washington shares Mortaza’s unique record

Published : 04 Aug 2019 07:23 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 10:47 PM

Sundar joined Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh ODI skipper, in a unique record in the T20I format. The Young Turk became the second cricketer after Mashrafe to claim the first wicket of the opposition in the match and scoring the winning run. The Tigers’ legend was the sole holder of the record when he accomplished it against Zimbabwe in 2015.

In that game, the 35-year-old speedster nipped out opener Sikandar Raza and he ended up picking up a couple of wickets, conceding 20 runs. During the run-chase, Mashrafe came in and ensured Bangladesh’s victory with a massive over-boundary. Mortaza ended with 15 runs off 12 balls with two fours and a six. The experienced Mortaza doesn’t play T20I cricket anymore.

As far as India’s game against the Caribbean team is concerned, after Sundar gave his team the opening breakthrough, the bowlers didn’t look back. Navdeep Saini picked up the wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer in his very first over and set the cat amongst the pigeons in the opposition camp. Saini also bowled a wicket-maiden in the 20th over, dismissing Kieron Pollard.

Thereafter, the visitors lost wickets at pretty regular intervals, though they never fell behind the eight-ball. Sundar came to bat after the fall of Krunal Pandya’s wicket. At that point time, India needed eight runs off four overs and Sundar didn’t allow any more hiccup for the Indian team.