Mehidy Hasan bowled two rare no-balls in the 2nd ODI against India©Twitter
No-balls are the bonuses that every batsman in the world of cricket loves. Whether it’s the no-ball given when a bowler overruns or the one where the batter faces a full pitch above the waist, both are common forms of no-balls. But in the 2nd ODI between India and Bangladesh on Wednesday, the Bangladesh cricket team produced two ‘rare’ no-balls when the bowler disturbed the stumps while throwing the ball. The same incident happened not once but twice, giving India two free hits.
It was all-rounder Mehidy Hasan from Bangladesh in whose more than two no-balls were bowled. He eventually gave up back-to-back free hits. The incident occurred in India’s 21st at bat. Hasan tripped and disturbed the stumps at the 5th and 6th delivery of the over.
Shreyas Iyer gave up only one hit on the offered free hit after the first no-ball. On the second free hit, served after Hasan bowled another no-ball on the 6th pitch, he hit a four.
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Mehidy may have made a few mistakes as a bowler, but he more than made up for it with the bat, scoring an unbeaten hundred to help Bangladesh put a total of 271 runs on the board.
“All credit goes to God for giving me the chance to do this. Nothing else to say. Feels very good. Over the past few years I’ve been working hard at bat and focusing on certain areas to improve. My coaches have gave me a lot of information about improving my game. Riyad Bhai (Mahmudullah) kept telling me to keep playing deep into the innings and the talks were mostly about keeping small targets of partnerships. I was just trying to hit the good areas hit with the ball and put pressure on them,” he said after the game.
India chased the target of 272 runs and didn’t get off to a great start, but Shreyas Iyer’s 82 from 102 kept India in hot pursuit.
Even Axar Patel scored a 56-ball 56, but the blow of the day from the Indian perspective came off the bat of injured Rohit Sharma. He hit a 28-ball 51 to all but won the match for the Indian team. The Hitman had to hit a 6 on the last ball of the game to win the game, but he couldn’t connect.
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