Mahedi Hasan six: The debutant Bangladeshi all-rounder showed no signs of nerves as he willingly stepped out to his Kiwi counterpart.
During the first ODI of the ongoing Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand in Dunedin, debutant Bangladesh all-rounder Mahedi Hasan set the stage on fire by hitting his second ball for a gargantuan six off New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner.
There is no hiding to the fact that getting off the mark at the highest level with such a shot requires substantial amount of guts. Given the situation his team was in when Hasan hit that six further speaks highly about the 26-year old player.
Coming in to bat at No. 8 in the 28th over, it was only on the second delivery that he faced that Hasan stepped out to Santner only to hit him over long-off with disdain. With New Zealand captain Tom Latham placing mid-off and mid-on for the new batsman, Hasan’s brave but calculated risk resulted in a clean 94-metre six.
Despite looking promising in the middle at the University Oval, Hasan couldn’t stitch a rescue act for his team as another attempt of achieving glory off Santner witnessed him walking back to the pavilion after scoring 14 (20) with the help of a four and six each on ODI debut.
In what was a disappointing start to the tour for the visitors, they got bundled out for 131 in 41.5 overs after Latham won the toss and elected to bowl.
Batting at No. 6, all-rounder Mahmudullah top-scored for Bangladesh with his 27 (54) comprising of a four and six each. On the bowling front, New Zealand spearhead Trent Boult was the pick of their bowlers with figures of 8.5-0-27-4. Other than Boult, Santner and fellow all-rounder James Neesham picked a couple of wickets each.
Mahedi Hasan six on ODI debut
Your team is 78-6, you’re the new batsman on debut, you probably want to take a few to get your eye in.
Not if you’re Mahedi Hasan.
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) March 20, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
✅ On ODI debut
✅ Team on 78 for 6
That doesn’t stop Mahedi Hasan from smashing the second ball he faces beyond the stands 🔥 pic.twitter.com/wQcXYCKiKD
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 20, 2021
A six off your second ball on debut 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) March 20, 2021
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