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'One-Man Show' - Mushfiqur Rahim Hails Najmul Shanto For Stunning Century Vs SL

Najmul Hossain Shanto after century vs SL (X.com)Najmul Hossain Shanto after century vs SL (X.com)

Veteran Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batter Mushfiqur Rahim hailed Najmul Shanto for his captain's effort against Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram on Wednesday. 

Put into bat, the visitors lost wickets at regular interval of time to be bundled out for 255 runs. In response, Bangladesh openers Litton Das and Soumya Sarkar were sent packing inside the first three overs. 

The dismissals, however, did not faze Shanto as he played a well-composed knock to register his third century and take the hosts over the line in the 45th over. He was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his brilliant knock. 

“He was excellent. It was a one-man show tonight. I think leadership brings out the best in some individuals. Shanto is definitely one of them. He really enjoys the captaincy. Shanto is the sort of guy who has the mentality to take responsibility as a challenge. I knew that he would score runs at the highest level,” Mushfiqur said.

Incidentally, Shanto's score of an unbeaten 122 was his highest ever score in the ODIs. He averages a decent 33.94 in the format. 

His knock along with Rahim's unbeaten 73 helped Bangladesh take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second match is slated to take place on Friday, 15th of March