In what is likely his last-ever World Cup match, the veteran Bangladesh batter made a positive start with the bat. In just 28 balls, he raced away to 32 runs with the help of 1 four and 3 sixes. The right-handed batter was looking set to notch a big score before Marnus Labuschagne ended his hopes of bowing out of the ODI World Cup on a high.
On the fourth ball of the 36th over, Towhid Hridoy hit a delivery from Josh Hazlewood towards cover and set off for a quick single. Mahmudullah also did not hesitate to go for the single. But before he could get inside the crease safely, Marnus Labuschagne quickly picked the ball with one hand and hit the bullseye with an underarm throw. Mahmudullah made a desperate dive but was well short.
Watch Mahmudullah’s run-out:
Talking about the game, Bangladesh were on 241 for 4 in the 42nd over at the time of writing this report. Hridoy was batting on 58 while veteran batter Mushfiqur Rahim was giving him company on 13. While Bangladesh are already out of the semifinals race, there is still a lot at stake for them in the ongoing game.
A win against Australia would pretty much seal a place in the 2025 Champions Trophy for them. They are currently at the eighth spot in the points table which is the last qualification spot for the Champions Trophy. On the other hand, Australia have already booked their place in the semifinals and will face South Africa for a place in the final.
As far as Mahmudullah is concerned, the veteran batter is Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in the ongoing World Cup. In 8 games, he has scored 328 runs with the help of one century and one half-century. The 37-year-old is likely to bring an end to his career in ODIs after the World Cup.
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